Why do Russians suck at fighter jets? The only time a Russian produced fighter jet downed an American produced fighter jet that I can think of is a Mig-25 downing a F/A-18 during Desert Storm. Other than that, nothing. A lot of Mig29s, which were supposed to counter F-15s and F-16s, were downed in Desert Storm and when NATO bombed Serbia, it destroyed almost the whole fleet of Mig29s. I'm not saying Russia should've been at the top but they should've at least downed one American jet for two of theirs. Just look at pic related and all those numbers.