Front Line Fighters in Africa’s Top Five Militaries.

EGYPT

Egypt is without doubt the largest and most powerful military Africa has ever seen. The Egyptian military leads Africa in every metric ( personnel, funding, equipment). In accordance, the Egyptian Air Force is the largest and most technologically advanced Air Force in Africa and among the worlds TOP 15. The tip of the spear for the Egyptian Air Force is the single engine American F-16 Fighting Falcon.

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Egyptian F-16 Falcons lined side by side on an Egyptian airbase, Egypt has 168 F-16 fighters in service.
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Enter Egyptian F-16 Falcons lined side by side on an Egyptian airbase, Egypt has 168 F-16 fighters in service.
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An Egyptian F-16 Fighting Falcon with conformal drop tanks.
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Egypt air force F-16 armed with a GBU-12 Paveway II,take off to conduct airstrikes in libya.against ISIS.

ALGERIA

Another North African country Algeria takes the second spot as Africa’s most powerful military. Algeria has a very modern and professional Air Force. In its bid to keep up with the Egyptians, its regional rival Algeria has spared no expense in building one of Africa’s most modern Air Force. Algeria’s frontline fighter is the Russian built SU-30MK fighter.

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Algerian Air Force SU-30MK fighter. There are 58 SU-30MK fighter in service with the Algerian Air Force.
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Algerian Air Force SU-30MK fighter. There are 58 SU-30MK fighter in service with the Algerian Air Force.
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Algerian Air Force SU-30MK fighter. There are 58 SU-30MK fighter in service with the Algerian Air Force.
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Algerian SU-39MK fighters. The SU-30MK is argualy the worlds most maneuverable fighter thanks to its 3D thrust vectoring engine nozzle.

ETHIOPIA

Ethiopia is the highest ranked black African country in terms of military power. The Ethiopian Air Force is certainly formidable. Its long war with Eritrea served as an impetus to build and maintain a large and formidable Air Force. Ethiopia’s frontline fighter is the Russian Su-27 Flanker.

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An Ethiopian Air Force SU-27H fighter. There are 61 SU-27H Flankers in serice with the Ethiopian Air Force.

 

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Two Ethiopian Air Force SU-27H fighters lined side by side. There are 61 SU-27H fighters in service with the Ethiopian Air Force.
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An Ethiopian Air Force SU-27H fighter.
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An Ethiopian Air Force SU-27H fighter.

NIGERIA

Nigeria is the second highest ranked black nation in the list of Africa’s top ten, due in most part to its number of personnel and land equipment. Nigeria gives highest priority to its ground forces which is black Africa’s largest. While the Nigerian army is formidable, its Air Force is among Africa’s weakest both in terms of number and quality of aircraft. The tip of the spear of the Nigerian Air Force is its F-7Ni fighter jet. With a top speed of Mach 2 it is the fastest interceptor aircraft in Africa.

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A Nigerian Air Force F-7Ni fighter. Of the 15 aircraft acquired in 2005 there are nine in service with the Nigerian Air Force.
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A Nigerian Air Force F-7Ni fighter. Of the 15 aircraft acquired in 2005 there are nine in service with the Nigerian Air Force.

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A NAF F-7Ni fighter lets loose a salvo of air to ground rockets.

 

SOUTH AFRICA.

South Africa has the most technologically advanced fighting force in Africa. It’s the only African country that is almost entirely self-sufficient in armament. Its local Defence corporations produce missiles, helicopters, armoured vehicles, self-propelled artillery, battle tanks and air defence systems. Its small size however severely limits its overall capability. South Africa’s frontline fighter is the Swedish built single engine JAS 39 Gripen fighter, one of the most advanced 4th generation fighter in the world.

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South African Air Force Gripen fighters lined side by side. The are 14 Gripen fighters in service with the SAAF.
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South African Air Force fighter pilot walking away from a Saab Gripen jet fighter. Of the 22 Gripen fighter acquired by South Africa, 14 are in operational service.
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A SAAF Gripen fighter taking off.

 

 

 

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