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.

Percentages

Number of aircraft in each country

Table of countries by military aircraft

Flag Country Number
USA 12508
Russia 4441
China 4242
India 2226
Japan 1654
Turkey 1547
South Korea 1526
Egypt 1373
Pakistan 1241
France 1088
North Korea 906
United Kingdom 897
Iran 886
Saudi Arabia 855
Italy 823
Israel 787
Taiwan 787
Germany 785
Brazil 749
Greece 620
Spain 532
Syria 518
United Arab Emirates 489
Venezuela 456
Australia 450
Ukraine 437
Indonesia 426
Poland 416
Canada 405
Iraq 285
Vietnam 274
Singapore 273
Jordan 260
Sweden 240
Malaysia 221
Philippines 219
Finland 208
Belarus 200
Switzerland 193
Netherlands 186
Romania 163
Austria 133
Azerbaijan 127
Norway 125
Qatar 115
Armenia 65
Hungary 49

Chart showing number aircraft by country