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Is Russian Air Force Better Than United States Air Force?

We’ve probably all seen Tony Scott’s movie,
Top Gun, and if you didn’t, then you might just wait until 2019, when Top Gun 2 comes
out. That sequel will be updated so it more realistically
represents a modern air force. This means a lack of dog fights, lots of drones,
and also fifth generation fighters. The storyline is yet to be revealed, but an
“us against them” narrative combining Russian Su-F35s, American F-35 Lightning IIs
and perhaps China’s Chengdu J-10 is not inconceivable. In 2016, a Russian fighter pilot even mimicked
Top Gun by giving a NATO pilot the middle finger mid-air. There’s certainly a battle of egos when
it comes to air force dominance, and according to National Interest, four countries have
the most to boast about: the U.S., Russia, China and Japan. Today we’ll focus on the top two, in this
episode of the Infographics Show, US Air Force vs Russian Air Force. Don’t forget to subscribe and click the
bell button so that you can be part of our Notification Squad. The U.S. air force started in 1907 when an
Aeronautical Division was formed to take “charge of all matters pertaining to military ballooning,
air machines, and all kindred subjects.” The first test of a U.S. air force plane didn’t
exactly go according to plan. It crashed, and one of the pilots died. The planes improved, as did the pilots, and
by 1913 the 1st Provisional Aero Squadron was formed. In 1915, as war was raging in Europe, the
U.S. military aviation arm had 44 officers, 224 enlisted men, and 23 airplanes. This was nothing compared to what they had
over in Europe. Nonetheless, the U.S. poured money into military
aviation, and once the second world war had started, the air force was pretty much free
to ask for anything from the government. According to Military.com, the U.S. air force
went from having “26,500 men and 2,200 aircraft in 1939, to 2,253,000 men and women and 63,715
aircraft in 1945.” This pretty much cemented the US as a global
power, and in 1947, the U.S. air force became a department unto itself. Over in Russia, leaders in 1911 ordered the
“development of aeronautic business in the Russian Army.” During the First World War, Russia had 36
squadrons dedicated to the air, with a fleet of 263 flying machines. Between wars, Russia began developing better
aircraft, introducing 1930s fighter planes such as the Polikarpov I-15 and the Tupolev
SB. By 1941, 363,900 people served in the Air
Forces of the Soviet Red Army. It was during the Cold War when the Soviet
Air Force became a force to be reckoned with, and in 1980 it became not only the largest
airforce in the world, but a highly advanced one, too. But was it any match for the U.S. and its
top-guns? As we know, the Cold War was a race to supremacy,
and every time one country developed a new aircraft program, the other started its own
program to match it. Things haven’t really changed. The actual Russian air force as we know it
today was formed after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. It’s debatable if it was as powerful as
the U.S. air force, but today’s show is also about now. So, what do these countries have in terms
of power? According to the U.S. air force website, it
requested a budget of $132.4 billion for 2018. This would go to the modernization of its
current inventory but also towards 502,000 personnel, which is an increase of 4,100 active
personnel and 1,700 Guard and Reserves. The U.S. certainly has a lot of cash to spend,
as Russia’s entire military budget was only about $69.3 billion in 2014 when it was high
– almost half of America’s air force budget. There are differing opinions on the Russian
defense budget today, but military site Janes reported recently that it might drop to 47.13
billion in 2018. This doesn’t bode well for Russia in our
comparison. Nonetheless, just about every analyst out
there puts Russia’s air force as the nearest contender to the U.S. air force. In terms of men and women on the ground, or
in the air, Russia has 148,000 personnel – far fewer people than the U.S. has. In total it has 3,794 aircraft according to
Global Fire Power. This is compared to the 13,763 aircraft in
the U.S. One major difference is that the U.S. fleet
is almost half helicopters, although the U.S. still has more than half the number of Russian
fighter aircraft. But as the saying goes, it’s quality not
quantity. The USA’s most advanced machines are its
fleets of F-22 Raptors, F-35s, and F-16 fighters. These are certainly a powerful force, but
the fact it has 195 of the first, 71 of the second and about 450 of the third (currently
being updated) is very impressive. It means quality AND quantity, and according
to National Interest the U.S. plans to build another 1,763 F-35s. The U.S. also has scores of older planes as
well as some new technologically impressive ones. This includes the X-37B space plane, a secret
long distance aircraft that zips around the Earth unknown to anyone but a few people. It also includes A-10 Thunderbolt tank destroyers
as well as manned or unmanned Long-Range Strike Bombers. Like the U.S., Russia owns a lot of oldies
but goodies, tried and tested aircraft that have also seen upgrades. Some of these are the best aircraft ever to
be made, and as you may have seen from our other comparison videos, they are as good
as if not better than many American-made planes. Maybe the best of the bunch is Russia’s
Sukhoi Su-35, of which there are currently 64 units. In fact, we cannot discredit any of the Sukhoi
range of attack and multirole fighters, and Russia has hundreds of them. Generally the F-35 and Raptor are said to
be better, but that’s debatable and the websites that favor American planes are almost
always American. After the Su-35, pundits usually say Russia’s
next best aircraft is the MiG-29, the Su-27, and the MiG-31. If the U.S. has an outlandishly large fleet
of F-35s in the pipeline, what is Russia building? Well, that’s its own 5th generation plane
in the Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA stealth fighter, which National Interest has said, “could
prove to be a formidable competitor to American fifth-generation combat aircraft such as the
Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor and F-35.” A U.S. Air Force intelligence chief did indeed
say after seeing it in action that it definitely competes. Russia is also working on a next generation
strategic bomber, the PAK-DA. As for manned or unmanned aircraft, Russia
has reportedly built a plane it calls “the Ghost”. This is the Su-57 stealth fighter, which Russia
claims can cruise at 1516 mph (2,440 kph), compared to the F-35s 1199 mph (1930 kph). It can be flown like a drone or manned if
need be. The prototype is out, and Russia expects full
production to begin in the next year or so. It was also reported that Russia is going
to sell them to South Korea. What has the U.S. got up its sleeve? While some of that big budget will be eaten
up by all those F-35s, there has to be more going on in the garage? Well, of course that is the sixth-generation
jet fighter. These should appear on the scene sometime
between 2025 and 2030, according to the U.S. air force. It’s developed under the program, “Next
Generation Air Dominance”. These planes will defy detection, have integrated
self-protection, directed-energy weapons, advanced air defense systems, and will even
be able to mount cyber-attacks. The U.S.’s current 6th generation plane
currently being developed is the Boeing F/A-XX and Russia’s is the Mikoyan MiG-41. So, which air force do you think is superior
– Russian or American? Let us know why in the comments! Also, be sure to check out our other video
called Russia vs the United States – Who Would Win?! Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time!

Tony wyaad



  1. Rockracer1288 Posted on February 24, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    the lack of F-15 mentioning disturbs me

  2. dre10dancer Posted on February 24, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Am Yisroel Chai. F35i.

  3. Captain Planet Posted on February 25, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    Obviously NO.

  4. Finger Print Posted on February 27, 2019 at 1:21 am

    Considering what is going on in Afghanistan for decades It is debatable the American army in general is better than krap!

  5. ADARKWIND Posted on February 27, 2019 at 6:07 am

    My answer before watching the video…..probably not but when I was speaking to my uncle who’s in the military a while back and he told the percentage number of out of service planes for the Air Force…..let’s just not get into a fight we don’t need.

  6. क्रांतिकारी GK Posted on February 27, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    No match for su 35

  7. Rux Tkk Posted on March 1, 2019 at 8:06 am

    Russia has the s400 but,then LRSAM was used by the USAF

  8. lastgleeming Posted on March 1, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Can Russian Air Force beat the US Air Force .
    With Trump no chance
    With AOC absolutely , F22 doesn't run on batteries .

  9. SauronRhun Posted on March 1, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Mars have the best air force of the solar sistem

  10. Curtis Chadwell Posted on March 1, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Is this factoring the US Navy and Marines?

  11. Chetan Garg Posted on March 3, 2019 at 5:23 am

    Okay russian machines are far superior see recent a 3rd Gen Russian aircraft flown by Indian Air force just destroyed Pakistani ( American made f-16) so all the best in your theorytical analysis

  12. ragequitify Posted on March 3, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    The US airforce outspends the entire Russian military alone. The largest airforce in the world is the US Airforce, thr second largest is the US Navy. So no, russian doesnt stand a chance

  13. Hobo's Habitat Posted on March 4, 2019 at 12:03 am

    The USAF has technology 30 to 50 years ahead of the rest of the modern world without disclosing any information there is a lot out there that the public will never see due to national security with that said US is light years ahead of the Russians

  14. Google India Posted on March 4, 2019 at 5:08 am

    Russian is better is the best one

  15. Urban Student Prepper Posted on March 4, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    Of course the US airforce is better, the military spending of the US is 3 times bigger than Russia's. That's why tons people in here are poor af.

  16. Sudipta pal Posted on March 4, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    0:25 Chengdu j20

  17. crazy indie hacks Posted on March 5, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Russia is giving priority building air craft defence sytem rather than bunch of aircrafts which are never used.same strategy was used by russians in war when us building air craft carriers russia started building submarines to destory those air craft carriers which are overly used by us navy by laying huge taxes on tax payers

  18. Zohaib Posted on March 5, 2019 at 10:48 am

    F-15 is a better fighter jet than F-16, so you should have mentioned F-15 in your comparison.

  19. Rohit Gaikwad Posted on March 5, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    February 2019…..Indian Air Force pilot abhinandan shot Down pakistani F 16 falcon with 70 year old Mig 21.

  20. TheGodMadara Uchiha Posted on March 6, 2019 at 2:59 am

    and NASA's x-43 is the fastest plane ever and is still being tested but may be weaponized and can go as fast as 7,307 mph or 11759.477 kph

  21. dipto555 Posted on March 6, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Which country lost 10 thousands+ flying machines in Vietnam war and lost it? Number doesn't matter but the strategy. Russian don't focus on making aircraft carrier or the so many aircraft. Rather they focus how to shoot down them. They have all means to shoot down any aircrafts. Only a real war can say who is superior. US policy everywhere in the world failed and proven chaos. Look at the recent wars, Russia won Georgian war US support, training, weapons, money couldn't win it. Russian won in Ukraine too it's a clear lose for US. And in Syria US has a shameful defeat. After fighting in Afghanistan for 15 years they couldn't gain control rather Taliban controls or contest 60% of the territory. Those all clear defeats for USA. US only knows to start a war but don't know how to end it. On the other hand Russians are determined what they want to achieve. This is not soviet era Russia and Putin isn't one of those fool leaders. He achieves what he wants to. Despite Americans effort to keep Russia in the corner and forcing everyone to sanction on Russia, Russia is still growing. US spend 10 times of Russia in military then why so afraid of Russia? Why you pressure everyone to stop Russian growth so that they can't spend on military? This is because American leads know Russian can do things in 100 dollars when Americans do the same thing at 10000. So money and number don't matter. It only matters how you want to do your job. I want to say like Trump 'all the options are on the table'. An Indian old mig 21 which is begging for retirement just shooted down modern fifth generation f-16. Don't think that your radar can't track your aircraft so no one's radar can. They have their own version and own way to track you. BTW I love both countries. I love American people more than Russians. But I hate American policy towards world. I know very well American politics don't represent the peaceful American citizen. Love for everyone.

  22. ben 2k Posted on March 6, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Usa only strong in hollywood movies

  23. flameout12345 Posted on March 7, 2019 at 4:20 am

    Don’t sleep in F-18 and F-15e

  24. Fan of facts Posted on March 7, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    Common last week Indian mig shot down us f16 and proved cold war russian mig shot modern f16 in 2019 you still believe you can beat Russia think again

  25. Dante Uhichhha Posted on March 7, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Any day bro

  26. Danny Bauldree Posted on March 9, 2019 at 6:06 am

    Russia does not want to mess with our advanced fighters. We would destroy them and do it quickly.

  27. rustam basiyev Posted on March 11, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    It's like saying who you going to choose mommy or daddy

  28. Tony Boomer Posted on March 11, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    The difference are huge between US and Russia, obviously the winner will be USA, my be the Russians have better air crafts, but too few of them due the budget constraint, that´s why!!!!

  29. Wiil Mudug Posted on March 13, 2019 at 10:13 am

    The quality of Russian weapons and their budget is unbelievable.

    Why is everything expensive in US?

  30. M W Posted on March 13, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    BREAKING NEWS: RUSSIAN MIG 21 SHOT DOWN USA MADE F-16 FIGHTING FALCON it happens first time in history.
    I think the best trained and experienced pilots of air Force will win. The MIG 21, fighter jets Russian made (in SOVIET UNION ERA.) In 1959 to 1985 they sold it to many 60 countries like india, china, Iraq, Egypt, Cuba, Greece,and others. In recently on 26th of Feb 2019 the INDIAN AIR FORCE (Wing Commander. Abhinandan) pilot use (Soviet union MADE) MIG 21 BISON 2nd generation jet and he Shot down the very modern and high tech 4th generation (USA MADE) F-16 FALCON Fighter of Pakistan Air Force…
    So I think the US made modern toys and their big budget doesn't matter if it's a war situation you have to attack with the plan, technique, all your inventory, real training and full of your strength, will change the results and the Glory..
    No matter how modern, and big budget toys you have, your training and experience will save you in air to air combat dog fights…. And it's proven by INDIAN PILOT.. MY VOTE FOR RUSSIA…

  31. kloo Paw Posted on March 15, 2019 at 4:40 am

    Here the answer no falcon stop it

  32. Niko Nekic Posted on March 15, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Serbs message after they shot down F117A : "Sorry, we didn't know it was invisible".
    Russian pilots and plains shows in Syria who is the bos.

  33. Andre Teofilovic Posted on March 18, 2019 at 11:28 am

    The number of Russian made planes down to American since ww2 is laughable LOL! American Jets have been turning Russian jets into scrap metal since 1949

  34. Rocket Raccoon Posted on March 20, 2019 at 11:35 am

    Of course they can. Russians are badass af.

  35. Shifty Malone Posted on March 21, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    Russian jets will smoke everyone.

  36. Jay Gomez Posted on March 22, 2019 at 1:34 am

    The country with the best Air Force is America. The second best Air Force is America’s Navy!

  37. No Information Posted on March 22, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Only skill

  38. Dan Gleeballs Posted on March 23, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    You have forgotten all about the numerous Jedi Star fighters and Tie fighters that America has! They also have a battle star at their disposal!

  39. Anthony Z Posted on March 23, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    This kind of speculative video is useless. We will see when we go to war.

  40. Blue Feather Posted on March 24, 2019 at 2:38 am

    Definitely yes

  41. Naveen PandeY Posted on March 24, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    Russia defence budget 56 billion dollar
    United states defence budget 730 bilion dollar.


    Love from india.

  42. Alex Viniski Posted on March 24, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    F-16 advanced aircraft lol, the old F-15 is still more advanced. 104-0

  43. anthony ev Posted on March 24, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Also on the Russian budget thats the DECLARED amount. Their are lots of signs that Russia AND china dont budget the same way as the US does and alot of stuff they never truly pay for. Also during the cold war the Russian airforce by 1980 was bigger but was no where near better. While we flew the teen series of aircraft Most of Russia's aircraft were older mig-21s and 23s with mig 25s and mig 29s in short supply and really not that great.

  44. Dim Ang Posted on March 25, 2019 at 12:52 am

    Americans, watching american propaganda, saying how great they are

  45. Hydraz Posted on March 26, 2019 at 7:56 am

    2,530,000 aircrafts? Think you meant personel

  46. ankan18 Posted on March 26, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    No never US air force is the best but russia might defeat us in ground battle

  47. God of killing Posted on March 27, 2019 at 6:38 am

    I think you forget India amca project

  48. rock androllman Posted on March 28, 2019 at 9:21 am

    huh!in ww2 russian died 8million peaple and whole world say russia is most powerful country?I say usa 10 russia 0 😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆

  49. Donnie Phillips Posted on March 29, 2019 at 1:34 am

    I really would like to see all country's on planet earth get along , there is NO winners in a Nuclear war ,None at all ! Remember this ! I would like to see and play with grandchildren if my son and his wife ever have any !

  50. Cpt.Pricetag Posted on March 30, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    woah they built a super cool plane in 15 years! lets do it in one week.

  51. Anina Ahmad Posted on March 31, 2019 at 5:08 am

    Do not forget su 37

  52. tanner fraser Posted on April 1, 2019 at 7:11 am

    The main guy sounds Eastern Europe soooo that explains a lot. Still got that out dated eastern morale boosting numbers of nonexistent military equipment. It’s sad really how does it feel…. to be number 2 always.
    I mean if was number 2 I’d already be at war with all those tanks and oil. Might as we’ll carve up Europe. Then you can spread all your armor out so our planes don’t get easy kills. But really your prolonging the inevitable. The Russians may have had more tanks but tanks can’t look up. Even if the tanks made it to France. Eventually they would have been rendered useless by air power. And No one would dare go outside like the Greek gods they’re always watching

  53. tanner fraser Posted on April 1, 2019 at 7:15 am

    Really in a modern war nukes decide all.

  54. Matthew Curtiss Posted on April 2, 2019 at 4:46 am

    A civilian made this video and it shows, this is laughable and a waste of time

  55. lev tooruk Posted on April 6, 2019 at 4:33 am

    Of course yes

  56. Aristoteles Aristos Posted on April 6, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    F 18,f15 are not modern and fit for service are you kidding us

  57. lucas van den heuvel Posted on April 8, 2019 at 7:34 am

    F-35 is a 6th Generation plane.

  58. Rectify you Posted on April 9, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    Is pineapple flavour better than chocolate flavour?

  59. Magic_Zach Posted on April 14, 2019 at 1:40 am

    Russian aircraft tend to be less capable, more more rugged and durable.
    US aircraft are the opposite, more capable, but not as durable.

  60. William Sellers Posted on April 15, 2019 at 2:19 pm


  61. supr4met4co Posted on April 20, 2019 at 7:37 am

    There is no way russianns csn beat the usa we have wayyy better technology than them like if a jet cant take it down we are literaly able to send a surface to air missile and we have plenty of them

  62. Zhou Sibo Posted on April 21, 2019 at 3:11 am

    It is J20 bro

  63. My Name Is TROLL Posted on April 22, 2019 at 5:23 am

    Russia is da best

  64. Brian Hakker Posted on April 28, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    Infographics? Might as well say communist union party. You socialists slags.

  65. dark knight batman Posted on April 30, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    Definitely russian bias

  66. Anonymous One1 Posted on May 4, 2019 at 10:23 am

    su35 is about 1/3 the price of the f35. so i don't see how something way more expensive can be "better" in terms of quality and efficiency. maybe better for russians pockets.

  67. Bernie Caballero Posted on May 10, 2019 at 11:49 pm


  68. TaRiK Posted on May 11, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    What woud you do if you encounter SU-27 doing cobra manuver-
    F16 PILOT:eject

  69. Mohd Hassan Posted on May 13, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    US has more aircrafts than Russia.

  70. RustiX Posted on May 14, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    There are typos in Russian sentence on 1:58, it should be "Нарастим воздушную военную мощь, товарищи!". Please correct, otherwise it looks like Hollywood movies' Russian spelling mess.

  71. Devvrat Mishra Posted on May 18, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Although I would not like to take sides but that my friend is Russian badassery for u

  72. Patriotic Eagle Posted on May 23, 2019 at 12:04 am

    Answer: 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸USA 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  73. govind raj Posted on May 24, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Russia is better

  74. Jenko° Posted on May 24, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Top 3 air forces in the world
    U.S. Air Force
    U.S. Navy
    Russian Air Force

  75. Christopher Alston Posted on May 31, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    1. There was no “Air Force” in Top Gun. Those were Naval Aviators.
    2. Aircraft flown by the US military prior to 1947 were from the US Army and Navy.

  76. Clinton Barbee Posted on June 19, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    the su-57 there has been only 12 built only three or operational and there's one that may or may not be operational that has been given or sold to India of these planes that's all that they plan to produce they say they have no need to produce more because of this superiority which is a laughing joke.

  77. MOJA VILJUSKA UBIJA JABUKE Posted on June 23, 2019 at 8:26 am

    Awnser:It can

  78. LouistheHedgehog Posted on June 30, 2019 at 7:22 am

    Just to let you know, the Su-57 is what the T-50 evolved into. And they're selling them to SOUTH Korea? Really???

  79. easy yow Posted on July 5, 2019 at 7:45 am

    Keep dreaming poor Russia

  80. ncrdisabled Submarine vet Posted on July 7, 2019 at 2:54 am

    I spent 7 years in the navy and think the USA would win.

  81. Nikolai Nikolaev Posted on July 7, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    I would like if us and russia would work together instead of show who is better it would be better for the world becuse they are the best forces

  82. Randy E Posted on July 9, 2019 at 2:37 am

    To settle this I say US 🇺🇸 AND Russia 🇷🇺 take a fleet and battle it out for fun with no repercussions.

  83. Nanananan Posted on July 14, 2019 at 1:40 am

    Rússia can’t defeat us navy aircrafts

  84. Gwyn Bleys Posted on July 20, 2019 at 12:31 am

    I mean the horde and a few Russians…And again Napolin and a few Russians, and again and again …

  85. Вук Тодић Posted on July 22, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Of course not they didnt use skillshare

  86. Ahmad Issaah Posted on July 24, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    No doubt that USA has the upper hand in air Force in terms of quality and quantity

  87. Senthil Kumar Posted on August 5, 2019 at 4:33 am

    US can shed 700 B$ on military expenses but not on manned mission to moon again 😂😂

  88. Dan The car guy Posted on August 7, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    No because America’s stuff is actually high tech and works Russia’s stuff all Cold War junk that keeps breaking down 🤣

  89. Ninjagone smith Posted on August 8, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    Go Russia 😎

  90. ahappypinecone Posted on August 10, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Su F35…brb gonna go inform Sukhoi they have a plane noone knows about

  91. Bulmaro Rodrguez Posted on August 18, 2019 at 8:12 am


  92. Shreyansh Pal Posted on August 18, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    indian air force is 4 strongest air force not japan's air force

  93. wacky 101 Posted on August 29, 2019 at 8:24 am

    0:40 India should be there instead of japan

  94. moiz Tariq Posted on August 31, 2019 at 8:23 am

    Why this guy make video on Russia Vs America the simple thing is that Russia is the most powerful military and us is the most powerful economy