Countries by number of military aircraft

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Aircrafts is a broad term that concerns almost all flying devices that a nation can use. However, since in military and appropriate comparison almost everything counts, it is very important to understand what aircraft really means and what type of vehicles one can count in here. According to most often used terms, namely functional definitions, aircraft is a device that is capable of floating (flying) in the atmosphere as a result of static or aerodynamic interaction with the air. As a result of that, we can distinguish aircrafts that are aerostats and aerodynes. The first one are aircrafts that are lighter than air, namely air balloons as well as dirigible balloons. Although during World War II one could find several uses of dirigible balloons, nowadays as a consequence of its disadvantages, it is no longer used in military.

The thing that interests us the most is the type of aircraft that is heavier than air – aerodynes. In here, we can find airplanes, monoplanes, biplanes, rotocrafts, and many other airships. Of course we should also bear in mind that the type of aerodyne is any chopper. This particular subgenre is of utmost importance when it comes to describing the power of aircraft in the statistics above. It is because air superiority plays crucial role when it comes to supporting land fights and protecting air drops, logistics, and supplies. Needless to say high number of aircraft power can also mean the possibility to bomb infrastructure and of course eliminating enemy planes. This is why fighting in the air played such a crucial role in almost every modern conflict.

If we were to sum up the term of aircraft, we would certainly say that we can distinguish two types of aircrafts: combat and non-combat ones. Combat aircraft are divided broadly into multi-role, fighters, bombers, and attackers. Non-combat roles of military aircraft include search and rescue, reconnaissance, observation, Airborne Early Warning and Control, transport, training, and aerial refueling. Of course each and every one of them is very important and we cannot forget about that.

In order to better understand how the situation of aircraft in each nation looks like, we prepared a detailed list of all countries and their aircrafts. Down there, you can see percentages showing the aerial superiority. In addition to that, you can also take a look at exact numbers to see which country has got the biggest amount of aircrafts. Number of all aircraft and helicopters, includes training and cargo aircrafts. Does not include drones. Currently in equipment and in reserve.


Number of aircraft in each country

Table of countries by military aircraft

Flag Country Number
USA 12930
China 4630
Russia 4418
India 2263
South Korea 1585
Turkey 1573
Pakistan 1531
Japan 1444
Saudi Arabia 1407
France 1253
Egypt 1103
United Kingdom 996
Iran 973
North Korea 960
Greece 855
Taiwan 814
Italy 712
Germany 662
Israel 618
Spain 570
United Arab Emirates 510
Brazil 473
Syria 470
Indonesia 465
Poland 456
Australia 433
Canada 417
Iraq 379
Ukraine 297
Vietnam 271
Venezuela 263
Jordan 255
Singapore 252
Philippines 229
Sweden 207
Qatar 205
Belarus 199
Netherlands 183
Switzerland 178
Azerbaijan 176
Romania 165
Finland 158
Austria 129
Malaysia 122
Norway 104
Armenia 65
Hungary 65

Chart showing number aircraft by country