Here we will discuss some facts and figures of air strength of some nations which makes them scary as hell and nightmares for their opponents. Before starting this article I want to clarify that this ranking is based on present strength and power of respective air forces. The number of aircrafts and personnel shown in this ranking are only the aircrafts of air forces but not of navy or other branches of military. Strength of any nation can’t be decided not only by the number of aircrafts or personnel or other air forces factors but there are many other deciding factors like other disciplines of army may also contribute to determine the strength of the nations as whole. So let’s start our countdown of Top 10 Strongest Air Forces In The World 2016.
The air force of Japan also known as the aviation branch of Japan self defense force i.e. JASDF is one of the sharpest and strongest tool that Japan made for their defense oriented policy. The aviation branch of Japan self defense force was planted in 1954, after World War 2, in the form of imperial Japanese army air service and imperial Japanese navy air service. JASDF is known for its ultramodern radar systems and combat air patrols. JASDF contains more than 45000 personnel, 769 total numbers of aircrafts, 380 total number of fighter aircrafts, 4 aerial refueling aircrafts, 17 AEW&C, 26 search and rescue aircrafts, 265 trainer aircrafts, 52 transport aircrafts and 52 helicopters as well. Due to all these facts and figures Japan is 10th most dangerous air force in the world.
9. ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE
The royal Australian air force was established on March 31, 1921. The RAAF is comparatively small in size but is tremendously deadly. The following facts will prove it i.e. RAAF contains 17,375 personnel, 275 total aircrafts, 19 patrol aircrafts, 95 fighter aircrafts, 15 main air bases, 36 transport aircrafts, 6 AEW&C aircrafts, 106 training aircrafts and 4 drones as well. Due to these powerful fighter air strength RAAF has majorly participated in some of the most deadliest wars and conflicts of late 19th and early 20th century.
8. LUFTWAFFE GERMAN AIR FORCE
One of the most striking and most dangerous air force with the trail of top quality pilots . Luftwaffe was established in 1935. During World War 2, the skies of Europe were overshadowed by Luftwaffe German air force and due to their advancement and deadliest strikes foreign counterparts got defeated. Most of pilots of Luftwaffe get trained either in United States of America or in Canada. The training centers are located at Holloman air force base in New Mexico and Canadian force air command base at Goose. Luftwaffe contains 30311 personnel, 428 total aircrafts, 234 fighter aircrafts, 4 drones, 84 transport aircrafts, 110 training aircrafts, 10 patrol aircrafts and 45 helicopters as well.
7. INDIAN AIR FORCE
Indian air force is one of the best equipped air force all over the world. The Indian air force was founded on 8 October 1932. It is 7th largest and strongest air force in the world because of 12700 personnel, 1499 total aircrafts, 567 fighter aircrafts, 227 ground attack aircrafts, 228 transport aircrafts, 14 special mission aircrafts, 60 total air bases, 186 training aircrafts, 99+ drones, 373 helicopters and 26 attack helicopters.
6. ARMEE DE I’ AIR FRENCH AIR FORCE
It is considered as world’s 1st professional air force because of its technical developments, defensive strategies and rule in skies. It was founded in 1909 as the air force of France. It is appreciated because of the invention of mirage series of jet fighters which is one of the most successful aircraft in history of military aviation. The French air force contains 47538 personnel, 658 total aircrafts, 215 fighter aircrafts, 6 AWACS, 14 aerial refueling aircrafts, 104 transport aircrafts, 6 drones, 158 trainer aircrafts and 88 helicopters as well.
5. CHINESE AIR FORCE
Also known as people’s liberation army air force . It is officially founded in 11 November 1949. With long list of 330000 personnel, 2800+ total aircrafts, 360 transport aircrafts, 1308 fighter aircrafts, 192 striker aircrafts, 120 bomber aircrafts, 644 trainer aircrafts, 41 special mission aircrafts, 137 helicopters and 150+ total air bases Chinese air force is the largest and strongest air force in Asia.
4. ROYAL AIR FORCE UNITED KINGDOM
It is one of the oldest air force of the world it is founded during World War 1, on April 1, 1918. It is known for its strategic bombing. It contains 37200 regular personnel, 33980 reserve personnel, 120 fighter aircrafts, 102 striker aircrafts, 524 trainer aircrafts, 41 transport aircrafts, 10 drones, 21 AEWC, 21 surveillance aircrafts, 55 total air bases and 134 helicopters as well. Due to these deadly air machines UK is at number four of the list.
3. ISRAELI AIR FORCE
Israel is one of the most brutal and war loving nation who like to kill innocent men, women and children for their benefits. Israeli air force is 3rd most powerful air force in the world because of 34000 active and 55000 reserve personnel, 736+ total aircrafts, 395 fighter aircrafts, 25 striker aircrafts, 8 aerial firefighting aircraft, 18+ drones, 54 transport aircraft,16 aerial refueling aircrafts, 66 trainer aircrafts, 14 main air bases and 138 helicopters.
2. RUSSIAN AIR FORCE
Russian air force is 2nd most powerful air force in the world. It is founded in 1991-92 and in very short period of time it became the 2nd most deadly air force in the world. It contains 160000+ personnel, 263 training aircrafts, 513 striker aircrafts, 106 special mission aircrafts, 265 transport aircrafts, 181 bomber aircrafts, 806 fighter aircrafts and 885 helicopters as well. Due to all the heavy air machineries Russia is the 2nd most powerful air force in the world.
1. UNITED STATES AIR FORCE
So, are you ready for number 1. Yeah obviously it is USA which is at above all in all aspects of heavy and most deadly air machines. USAF was founded in September 11, 1947. It is far ahead in term of technology and quantity of its air machinery. It contains 5484 total aircrafts, 332854 active personnel, 185522 civilian personnel, 71400 reserve personnel, 106700 air guard personnel, 1872 fighter aircrafts, 162 bomber aircrafts, 28 transport aircrafts, 715 cargo aircrafts, 56 airborne command and control aircrafts, 21 electronic warfare aircrafts, 86 passenger aircrafts, 48 reconnaissance aircrafts, 35 search and rescue aircrafts, 1167 trainer aircrafts, 540+ drones, 47 surveillance aircrafts, 200 total air bases (all over the world), 476 tanker aircrafts and 218 helicopters. This huge quantity of quality machines makes USA most powerful and most dangerous air force by which no one will want to mess.