The Russian Su-35 generation 4 ++ fighter was named one of the most beautiful modern fighters in the world in the rating of Defense Blog readers.
This aircraft took the second position with 14 percent of the votes.
The leader of the rating (40 percent) was the American fifth-generation fighter F-22 Raptor. The third place (13 percent) was taken by the French Rafale. The fourth (12 percent) is the American F-15 Eagle. The fifth place with 5 percent of the votes was taken by the European Typhoon.
In addition to these aircraft, readers were asked to vote for the American F-35 Lightning II and F / A-18E / F Super Hornet, the Russian Su-57 and the Chinese J-20.
Forbes wrote in February that talk by the US Air Force (Air Force) about the need for new light fighters was “tacit admission” that the F-35 Lightning II aircraft program had failed.
In July 2020, the publication of the Chinese portal Global Times named the American F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II fighters, as well as the Chinese J-20, but not the Russian Su-57, as fighters of the fifth generation. The internationally oriented publication, which is overseen by the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, cited the opinion of the deputy director of science and technology of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), J-20 chief designer Yang Wei.