Battlefield 3 will feature 4 jets — a fighter for each side (US and Russia), and a fighter-bomber for each side as well. Many familiar jets will return, including the F/A 18 Super Hornet, and the Su-35.
F/A 18 Super Hornet
The F/A 18 Super Hornet is multi-role jet introduced in the US in 1983 and is capable of taking off from an aircraft carrier. The F/A 18 is one of the most widely used jets in the US military, and almost 1,500 have been built to date. The Super Hornet is the main US attack jet in Battlefield 3.
The A10 Thunderbolt, nicknamed the “tank killer”, was first introduced in 1972 and is still in use today. The A10 was first featured in Battlefield 2 expansion pack “Armored Fury”, and will return in Battlefield 3 as the main fighter-bomber for the US forces.
The Su-35 is the next generation fighter jet for the Russian Army, and so far, only two dozen aircraft have been built. The fighter jet is a long rage, multipurpose jet capable of air and ground attacks, and is the main attack jet for the Russian side in Battlefield 3.
The Sukhoi Su-39 is modernized version of the Su-25, which was introduced in the early 1980s. The Su-39 is the main fighter-bomber for the Russian forces in Battlefield 3.
The F35B is a short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) jet that can land vertically, and is available in Battlefield 3 as part of the Back To Karkand expansion pack.