Thursday, January 2, 2020


These fighter planes developed rapidly after the invention of Wright Brothers and during the WWI and WWII. There are thousands of jet fighter model around the world, but we have selected top 10 best fighters that are currently operational.

Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor

Lockheed-Martin-F-22-RaptorLockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is a 5th generation and most stealthy spacecraft developed in the United States. This aircraft has excellent maneuverability and can perform operations in all-weather conditions. It was specially designed to gain air superiority among all the available jets of the world. But it is also better in performing air-to-ground attacks.
The exact technology that makes F-22 the most stealthy jet fighter is still classified. This fighter jet became operational for US Air Force since 2005 and is still the king of jet fighters.


  • Unit cost: US$150 million
  • Speed: 2.25 Mach (2410 km/h)
  • Thrust: 2 × 35,000 Ib (156 KN)
  • Range: 2,960 km
  • Wingspan: 23.56 meters

F35-Lightning II

F35-Lightning-IIF35-Lightning II is a 5th generation jet fighter developed by Lockheed Martin to perform successful ground attacks and achieve the air superiority. The development program for this jet fighter was one of the most expensive programs and due to this reason, it received many criticisms. The development cost for this fighter plane was majorly paid by the U.S. and the additional funding was then paid by NATO members and some U.S. allies. This jet fighter is currently operational in the United Kingdom, United States, South Korea, Netherland, and some other countries.


  • Unit cost: $2 million
  • Speed: 1.61 Mach (1930 km/h)
  • Thrust: 43,000 Ib (191 KN)
  • Range: 2,220 km
  • Wingspan: 10.7 meters

Eurofighter Typhoon

Eurofighter-TyphoonEurofighter Typhoon is a 5th generation jet fighter developed by many Europeans countries combined to achieve air superiority. It is one of the best fighter jets in Europe with modern technology. It has the ability to supercruise with the powerful twin engine that gives it the maximum speed of 1,852 km/h. Also, it is equipped with modern precision weapon guided system.


  • Unit cost: €90 million
  • Speed: 1.5 Mach (1,852 km/h)
  • Thrust: 2 × 20,230 Ib (90 KN)
  • Range: 2,900 km
  • Wingspan: 15.96 meters

Dassault Rafale

Dassault-RafaleDassault Rafale is a French jet fighter plane with a twin engine and has the capability to carry a wide range of weapons. It was developed to achieve the multirole in the battlefield to defeat the enemy both in air-to-air combat and air-to-ground combat. Also, it has the ability to take part in nuclear warfare and aerial reconnaissance. This jet fighter enlists itself in the top ten list of fighting jets.


  • Unit cost: €74 million
  • Speed: 1.8 Mach (1,912 km/h)
  • Thrust: 11,250 Ibf (50 KN)
  • Range: 3,700 km
  • Wingspan: 10.8 meters

Sukhoi Su-35

Sukhoi-Su-35Sukhoi Su-35 is a Russian jet fighter and an improved version of Su-27 jet fighter. This jet fighter has a twin engine with excellent maneuverability. It is designed to accomplish multirole missions and achieve the air-supremacy. The weight carrying capability of Su-35 is much improved than its predecessor Su-27. Many nations including China and Indonesia have shown their interest in this jetfighter and have ordered it from Russia.


  • Unit cost: US$40-65 million
  • Speed: 2.25 Mach (2,400 km/h)
  • Thrust: 2 × 31,900 Ibf (86.3 KN)
  • Range: 3,600 km
  • Wingspan: 15.3 meters

Chengdu J-10

Chengdu-J-10J-10 is one of the best jet fighter developed by China and was the first Chinese aircraft to challenge the Western and also Russian advanced aircraft. This jet fighter was designed for multirole missions and has the capability to operate in all weather conditions. It is very lightweight and very cheap as compared to its competitor Russian jet fighters.


  • Unit cost: US$84 million
  • Speed: 1.8 Mach (1912 km/h)
  • Thrust: 29,000 Ibf (130 kN)
  • Combat Radius: 550 km
  • Wingspan: 9.75 meters

Mikoyan MIG-35

Mikoyan-MIG-35MIG-35 is a 4th generation multirole fighter jet developed by Russia. This jet fighter was evolved from several Russian jet fighter designs and has the advanced avionics and precise weapon system with the capability of precision-guided targeting. This jet fighter has several other features which make it independent from ground-controlled interception for conducting multirole operations. One of those features that make it independent is a redesigned optical locator system.


  • Unit cost: US$40 million
  • Speed: 2.2 Mach (2,400 km/h)
  • Thrust: 19,840 Ibf (88.3 kN)
  • Range: 2,000 meters
  • Wingspan: 12 meters

Saab JAS 39 Gripen

Saab-JAS-39-GripenJAS 39 Gripen is a multirole jet fighter developed by Sweden. The development and manufacturing of this jet fighter is done by Saab – a Swedish aerospace company. It is designed with a lightweight frame and an advanced aerodynamic layout to reduces fuel consumption. It is very fuel efficient yet a powerful jet fighter with a top speed of 2 Mach (2470 km/h). The company, Saab, claims that the operating cost of this jet fighter is the lowest of all the fighter jets that are operational around the world.


  • Unit cost: US$30-60 million
  • Speed: 2 Mach (2470 km/h)
  • Thrust: 18,100 Ibf (80.5 KN)
  • Range: 3,200 km
  • Wingspan: 8.4 meters

F-15 Eagle

F-15-EagleF-15 Eagle is an American jet fighter designed by McDonnell Douglas for aerial supremacy. It is the most successful fighter jet that was used by Israel for attacking Arabs nations and consolidating its occupied land. This fighter jet is specifically designed for air-to-air combat, but it also has the capability for ground-attacking. The flexibility in the design of aircraft inspired engineer to develop its improved version, named F-15E Strike Eagle which is a more powerful jet fighter.


  • Unit cost: US$29.9 million
  • Speed: 2.5+ Mach (2665+ km/h)
  • Thrust: 2 × 23.920 Ibf (106.4 KN)
  • Combat Radius: 1967 km
  • Wingspan: 13.05 meters

F-16 Fighting Falcon

F-16-Fighting-FalconF-16 Fighting Falcon is one of the most popular jet fighters among all the jet fighters of the world. It has many variants that were developed over time as the technology progressed. This fighter jet was developed by the U.S. in 1970 to gain the air-superiority but now it a multirole fighter jet.
This fighter jet has been produced in very large scale and more than 4,500 jets are currently operating under United States Air Force. Currently, U.S. Air Force has stopped purchasing this jet, but this jet is still famous is many countries and is being exported to them with many improvements.


  • Unit cost: US$18.8 million
  • Speed: 2 Mach (2,120 km/h)
  • Thrust: 28,000 Ibf (127 KN)
  • Range: 4,220 km
  • Wingspan: 9.96 meters

Monday, December 30, 2019

history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

The piece of land in question has been called a lot of things; we'll use "the Southern Levant," since that's probably the least contentious nomenclature.
Since the Bronze age (3500-5000 years ago), the Southern Levant has been a crossroads between major world powers. First it was Mesopotamia and Egypt on either side, then the Greeks, Hittites, and Elamites joined the party. By the beginning of the Iron Age (2500-3500 years ago), the Levant had great strategic and economic value to the empires around it. Unfortunately, while it was nice enough to be worth conquering, it was not fertile or productive enough to give rise to its own empire. The region was basically destined to be fought over like a juicy bone among jackals, and more's the pity for the poor saps that lived there.
Om nom nom, delicious Canaan.
One somewhat successful attempt at a native kingdom in antiquity was Israel/Judah. Yahweh-worshipping Canaanites pulled together a couple of nice little states for themselves and bullied their next-door neighbors for a few centuries. Eventually, of course, the big guys down the block rolled in and took their lunch money. Assyria smashed and depopulated Israel, turning Judah into a vassal state; when Assyria collapsed, Egypt and Babylon set to fighting over the Judean leftovers. The end result was "population transfer" -- Babylon captured prominent citizens and took them home, and other refugees ended up in Egypt. This marks the birth of the Jewish diaspora.
And you really do have to go that far back to understand Jews' relationship to the Southern Levant. Their religion said that their deity led them to that piece of land and promised that they'd always rule it. It was also really important that they observe religious rituals at the temple in Jerusalem. Then, oopsie, they aren't ruling it anymore and their temple is a smoking heap (not for the last time). Some went back to the Southern Levant after Persia conquered Babylon and said the Jews could go home, but many stayed in their new cities -- all the while retaining their identity as a levantine people, a people whose native home would be ruled by foreigners for thousands of years.
The diaspora only increased in the following centuries. Where Alexander and Hellenism went, Judaism went. Same thing in the Roman Empire. There were Jews in Rome and Jews in India 2000 years ago.
Oh yeah, something else happened about 2000 years ago. Christianity had an unpleasant impact on the Levant: It brought new world powers into the jackal-fight. Now, this little strip of land was not only economically and strategically valuable -- it was spiritually valuable. To more people with armies. You see where this is going. And then, things got EVEN BETTER when Islam emerged, and decided they ALSO thought Jerusalem was kind of a big deal. By the time Europe re-civilized itself, it decided it would be a great idea to go head-to-head with the Muslims over the Holy Land. This was not a super brilliant plan since the Fatimids and Seljuks had a home field advantage and cross-continental supply lines were somewhat lacking.
Guess who's coming to dinner?
But hey, the Europeans had so much fun slaughtering Jews in the Levant that they decided to bring this new pastime home. European antisemitism really kicked into high gear in the Middle Ages, kept going strong during the Renaissance, and had a certain retro allure by the 19th century. European Jews were hanging in there, strengthening ties with each other while trying to avoid attracting the ire of nearby Christians, but life could really suck. Jews were actually doing better in Muslim lands for most of this period.
Of course, Muslim lands were shrinking as the Ottoman Empire "slowly collapsed like a flan in a cupboard" (hat-tip to Eddie Izzard). Geopolitics had gotten quite complicated by this point. If you thought the growing secularity of the 18th and 19th centuries would lessen interest in the Levant, boy, were you wrong! England, France, Russia, Prussia, and Austria were terribly interested in strategic waterway access -- um, I mean, the fate of the poor Christians living under Muslim rule. Sure. That sounds good. Every time the European powers got into a tiff, somebody would suggest a nice friendly plan to divvy up the Ottoman Empire amongst themselves. Then they'd turn around and pledge to protect the Ottoman Empire's territorial integrity.

The Ottoman Empire was pretty badass, actually.

Aside from schizophrenic obsession with Ottoman lands, the other growing trend in the region was nationalism. Nations had changed, and so had ideas about nations. People were no longer primarily loyal to their regions and cities; nor were they content to be ruled by a far-off empire. They liked the idea of organizing into ethnically and linguistically homogenous countries. The Greeks wanted independence from the Ottomans, the Czechs wanted independence from Austria, Bismarck unified the Germans, Italy came together, and Arabs began to discuss "throwing off the yoke of the Turks."
Jews also got nationalism fever, but there was a problem: They weren't concentrated in one region that could announce its independence and organize itself into a Jewish state. They were scattered inside other ethnic groups' nations -- and those nations made it pretty clear that the Jews were interfering with their shiny happy patriotic ethnic unity. Antisemitic violence kicked into high gear in Europe. So when Jewish thinkers started talking about moving back en masse to the Southern Levant (which had been called Palestine for centuries), Europeans were ready to throw a festive going-away pogrom.
We look favorably upon you getting the hell out.
This is the beginning of modern Zionism ("Zion" being an old Hebrew name for Jerusalem). The return of the Jews to Palesine was enthusiastically supported by British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, who -- in a surprise twist that will shock you silly -- imagined that Britain would provide "guidance" to the new nation. Which obviously had nothing to do with Britain's strategic interest in strengthening its influence in the Middle East and checking Russian designs on Afghanistan. Totally altruistic. With help from donors, a steady trickle of European Jews began to immigrate to the Southern Levant.
Now, so far I've been talking about Jews but not Palestinians. That's because, according to most scholars, Palestinian national identity didn't really exist until the 19th century. People had been living in the Southern Levant all those centuries -- some Jews, but more Arab Muslims and Christians -- but they didn't see themselves as Palestinians per se until they, too, got swept up in nationalism and rebelled against the Ottomans. Unsurprisingly, their Palestinian identity solidified even further as a bunch of European Jews suddenly started moving into town. Locals vs. Interlopers is the oldest one in the book. Folks got along well enough at the turn of the century, but tensions were simmering. By the eve of World War I, Arab Palestinians were complaining about the Ottomans' unwillingness to check the foreign immigration and expressing concern about the social changes that would come from land sales to foreigners.
But hey, don't worry about the Ottomans, guys! World War I finally dealt the killing blow to the "sick man of Europe," and the Great Powers finally got the partition they'd been salivating over for a hundred years. This is where the map of the Middle East starts to look like the one we know today.
Totally reasonable borders that the locals just loved.
See, the newly created League of Nations said all the world's peoples had the right to self-government ... and then carved out a bunch of colonies euphemistically called "mandates," wrapped them up in bows, and exchanged them as Christmas presents. You got me Syria? How did you know! The Southern Levant ended up as the British Mandate of Palestine. Zionists were happy about this turn of events. After all, Britain had issued the Balfour Declaration in 1917, which clearly and unequivocally said that the Zionists had the green light and Britain had their back.
Here's another shocking twist: It said nothing of the sort. One of the most impressively vague documents in history, the Balfour Declaration does not promise to support the creation of a Jewish nation in the Southern Levant. It is simply "in favour of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people." What, you don't know what a "national home" is? Good! That's the idea! Because at the same time, Britain was making other vague promises to the Sharif of Mecca, things that kinda sounded like "You guys can have Palestine" but included a good deal of wiggle room. In other words, they were saying anything and everything to secure the support of whoever seemed important at the time -- good, solid European diplomacy. When Sharif Hussein learned of the Balfour Declaration at the end of the war, he thought little of it. So some Jews want to move back into Palestine. Sure. No prob. There's not too many of them, right? The locals still get to run things? Great.
It became clear pretty quickly that that would not be the case. By 1920, Jews comprised about 10 percent of the population of Palestine and the numbers were growing. Their influence over the British administration was considerable. Local Arabs believed that the British were favoring the Jewish newcomers over the existing Arab population and the end result would be Jewish political and economic domination of the area. Which was, in fact, the goal of the Zionist leadership: "There can only be one National Home in Palestine, and that a Jewish one, and no equality in the partnership between Jews and Arabs, but a Jewish preponderance as soon as the numbers of the race are sufficiently increased." Many Palestinians decided they were being conquered yet again. Groups of Arabs rioted in 1920 and 1921, prompting the British to arm the Jewish settlers. They began to worry about what exactly they'd gotten themselves into.
During the 1930s, shit got real. An Arab nationalist militant group called the Black Hand began attacking Jewish settlers and destroying property. Meanwhile, believing that the best defense is a good offense, hard-liners broke off from the Jewish defensive militia, the Haganah, to form the more aggressive Irgun. Their logo was a fist holding a rifle with the slogan "Only Thus." Friendly guys. Worsening economic conditions for the Palestinian lower class made them more ready for general rebellion. The revolt started in 1936 and continued right up to the beginning of World War II. It's in this period that the familiar patterns of modern asymmetrical levantine warfare emerge: bus and train attacks, pipeline sabotage, civilian murders, collective punishment, torture, curfews, checkpoints, and the wholesale destruction of villages suspected of harboring combatants. All participants -- the British, the Arab rebels, and the Haganah and Irgun forces -- behaved barbarically. In the end, the revolt hurt the Arabs more than the Jews, and pushed the two sections of the population further apart. The prospects for coexistence did not look good.
During the revolt, Britain had for the first time proposed a "two-state solution" to the conflict. Nobody liked that. Britain backed off from that in 1939, instead suggesting one nation that could be home to Jews and Arabs. This did not satisfy the Zionists, but Britain had decided it didn't care about pissing off the Zionists because Arab support would be more important during World War II. Once again, Europe was playing strategic games with the Levant to protect its own military interests.

Cut along the dotted line: Instant partition.
Britain also limited Jewish immigration into Palestine in 1939. Bad timing. Only 15,000 Jews were allowed into Palestine per year, but hundreds of thousands of Jews were trying to flee the Nazis -- and it may surprise you to learn that the other nations of the world were not exactly eager to accept these refugees! If any Zionists were still unsure about the necessity of establishing their own nation that they controlled, the Holocaust fixed that. Jews clearly could not count on other nations. Toward the end of the war, the Irgun and other Jewish militants announced an open revolt against the British mandate. Britain just wanted out. After the war, they handed the problem over to the newly formed United Nations. We made a mess, guys. Clean it up. You have until May of 1948, when we're packing up and leaving.
Once again, partition was proposed. The Palestinian Arabs and the member nations of the Arab League hated the idea. Most of the Jews in Palestine were fine with it, though Irgun was not. The UN approved the recommendation, and the Arab League began preparing for war. In the months leading up to the British withdrawal, a civil war broke out between Jews and Arabs, and the writing was on the wall: The partition plan would not be peacefully adopted. Truman tried to stall for time, suggesting that the UN establish a "trusteeship" over Palestine, essentially taking over the mandate and delaying the creation of any independent states in the region. But in May 1948, David Ben-Gurion declared the establishment of the state of Israel. The Arab League announced that this was illegal and invalid because it did not have the support of the local Arab majority, and thousands of troops from the surrounding Arab nations invaded "to restore law and order."
As wars go, the 1948 Arab-Israeli war didn't last long -- about 9 months. Israel won a resounding military victory. It signed treaties with its neighbors to establish its borders, which were better than the original UN partition plan. There were around 20,000 deaths.
The real impact, however, was demographic: Over 700,000 Palestinian Arabs fled or were expelled from their homes. Whenever anyone is trying to be neutral about this, they will say "fled or were expelled." Because that disagreement -- whether the Palestinians left voluntarily or were driven out -- is right at the heart of the problem today. Palestinians today call this event "al Nakba," the catastrophe. This created a horrifying refugee crisis. Most of Israel's Arab neighbors didn't welcome the refugees with open arms and offer them citizenship, ostensibly to help them retain their Palestinian identity. They also didn't help them establish a Palestinian state. That was never their priority. And Israel wouldn't let the refugees come back, ostensibly because it feared that the returning population would include would-be insurgents who would plot a civil war. Meanwhile, over the next few decades, about 700,000 Jews immigrated to Israel from the surrounding Arab nations -- again, "fled or were expelled." Overall, I suppose you could call this "population exchange," which was all the rage in the 20th century. Greece and Turkey, Italy and Austria, all over Central Europe -- jump on the bandwagon, Middle East! Force people to go live with their own kind and reap the rewards of ethnic unity! Now we call this sort of thing "ethnic cleansing" and frown vigorously in its general direction.
During the 1950s, the Palestinian fedayeen emerged -- freedom fighters to some, terrorists to others -- killing and wounding hundreds of Israelis between 1951 and 1956. The Israeli Defense Forces retaliated with extreme prejudice, massacring civilians in some cases and hoping to "prove that the price for Jewish blood is high." A Cold War pissing contest turned into the Suez Crisis, with Israeli, French, and British forces invading the Sinai peninsula. It almost blew up into a full-scale confrontation between NATO and the Soviet Union, since the world powers were once again playing the region like a chessboard. Anti-Western and anti-Israel sentiment in the Arab world only increased.
In the 1960s, the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) formed, its stated goal the dissolution of the state of Israel and the right of return for Palestinian refugees. The Six-Day War was another decisive military victory for Israel in 1967, expanding its borders to include all of mandatory Palestine, the Sinai peninsula, and the Golan Heights, which had been Syria's. Anticipating international pressure to give these occupied territories back, Israel promptly began settling Jewish families there. The international community considers these settlements to be in violation of the Geneva Convention, but does nothing to back that up aside from vigorous frowning.
They got a lot done in six days.
The 1970s marked the beginnings of what we now call "the peace process." Mighty slow process, ain't it. Various proposals have come and gone, with different suggested borders for Israel and disagreements about whether or not an independent Palestinian state should exist. Should Israel give back the land it annexed in 1967? Maybe just some of it? If one wants to negotiate with the Palestinians, with whom does one negotiate? For years, the Israeli right wing said it would never negotiate with the PLO because of its guerrila/terrorist tactics, and the PLO stalwartly refused to acknowledge Israel's right to exist. Israel and the PLO finally sat down together in the early 90s and set a timetable for forging a solution, but in 2000, it became clear that the differences between them were too great. Both sides said they wanted peace, but each had a very different idea of an acceptable peace.

Peace for our time! Or not.
Over the last decade, the prevailing vision for the peace process has been the "Road Map to Peace." Phase I, which called for an end to Palestinian violence, Palestinian political reform, and Israeli withdrawal and settlement freeze, was initially projected for 2003 or 2004. It's 2012 and it hasn't happened. Israel keeps building settlements, the Palestinian political parties Fatah and Hamas fought a civil war, and there's been plenty of violence back and forth. Interest in a one-state solution has reemerged, but very few Israelis support that. They know full well that if the refugees' descendents get full citizenship and full voting rights, Jews will no longer control Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert predicted that the outcome would resemble South Africa. Possibly not the most flattering comparison for you, Ehud, but okay. And that's basically where we are today: Completely stalled.


Lets see what were India's other alternatives
America's F-16 super viper F/A-18 super hornet
Swedish SAAB Gripen
The Eurofighter Typhoon
The Dasault Rafale
The Russia Mikoyan MiG35
What Indian air force needs is MMRCA , india ruled out F-16 , Gripen because Indian air force doesn't need single engine jets
About F/A-18 i would say that , one of the best jets in the world . Is twin engine . So why didn't Indian air force consider it ? BVR ( Beyond Visual Range ) radar technology . It cannot compete the Eurofighter , and rafale in that matter . And many other fields
Next up , MiG35 ! new bird in the sky . But it is based on the old MIG29 which we all ready have . MiG29 is , was never as impressive as our pride SU30MKI . Who takes a step back ? Not atleast Indians . However new media reports suggest that india still may buy MiG35 or Su35s( 5th gen jointly being developed) ( I wish india should but SU35s , really awsm jet )
Whats left is Typhoon and Rafale .
Both Eurofighter and Rafale are 4.5-generation twin-engined fighters with delta wings and are mostly made up of carbon fibre composites, which make the fighter light and increase fuel efficiency.
In power game, Rafale’s engine has dry thrust of 50kN, whereas Eurofighter’s is a notch higher (69kN). Eurofighter has a mechanically steered pulse doppler radar called CAPTOR whereas Rafale has a PESA radar which is completely automated and technologically superior to the European fighter’s. Rafale’s radar is able to track up to 40 aircraft and can engage eight of them.
Rafale is an ‘omni-fighter’ as it could be tasked for suppression of enemy air defences, recce and deep strike missions. Eurofighter is the best in air-to-air combat but has limited air-to-ground combat capabilities.
Rafale can be used as an aircraft carrier-based fighter and has a nuclear strike role like Sukhois whereas Eurofighter’s naval version is still in development stage. Rafale has the advantage of being logistically and operationally similar to Mirage 2000, which the IAF already operates. This would require fewer changes in the existing infrastructure of the IAF, which, in turn, will reduce cost. If India had opted for Eurofighter, it would have been a totally new edition in the IAF fleet, compelling the force to build new infrastructure and start a series of training for its pilots to familiarize them with a new technology.
Being 100% French, Rafale provides Dassault a distinct edge over its competitors on the issue of technology transfer. In the case of Eurofighter, India would have to deal with four countries (UK, Germany, Italy and Spain) for sorting out even a minor issue related to acquisition or technology transfer. Last but not the least, Rafale with $84.48 million price tag (2009 figures) is cheaper than Eurofighter ($108 million).
Rafale, a medium multi-role combat aircraft, will easily fill the gap between India’s high-end Sukhois and low-end Tejas aircraft and can protect our borders till the time India’s fifth-generation fighter, being jointly developed with Russia, becomes a reality. Thus, the IAF’s decision is a safe bet.