16:06 GMT15 January 2021
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    The most popular combat aircraft was revealed to be the American F -16 Fighting Falcon, with several other US planes also making the top ten, while the Eurofighter Typhoon stands in sixth place, and the Chinese J-7 came in eighth.

    At least four Russian military planes are considered to be among the world's 10 most popular combat aircraft, according to the World Air Forces 2021 rating published in the UK's Flight International.

    The Russian Su-27/30 fighter aircraft was named the world's second active in aerial warfare, surpassed only by the American F-16. According to the report, its active fleet is 1,057, accounting for 7 percent of the global combat air forces. In comparison, there are 2,267 F-16 fighters in service now, which is 15 percent of the global share.

    The MiG-29 fighter jet, designed during the Soviet period, took fifth place, accounting for 817 jets, which is 6 percent of the global share.

    MiG-29 jet fighters of Russian aerobatic team Strizhi (Swifts) at the 4th international military technical forum Army 2018
    © Sputnik / Alexey Filippov
    MiG-29 jet fighters of Russian aerobatic team Strizhi (Swifts) at the 4th international military technical forum Army 2018

    The Su-25 ground-attack aircraft and Su-24 fighter bomber were placed seventh and tenth, respectively, comprising 3 percent of global combat aircraft each.

    In total, the report estimated the Russian global military fleet at 4,143.

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