The Su-27 Flanker is on the cheaper side as it costs $41.2 million and is still in service after being introduced in 1977. It was initially manufactured to compete against the US fourth-gen fighters. It features air superiority within the design, while its other variants perform almost any aerial warfare operations. ‘Flanker’ was the reporting name that was given to the Su-27 by NATO.
This is a carrier-based aircraft that’s designed to specialize in electronic warfare. The reason behind its creation was to replace the EA-6B Prowlers. The EA-18g Growler costs $74.8 million and is yet to retire.