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Argentine Air Force

Total Aircraft: 135

Active Aircraft Inventory (2020)

FIGHTERS
HELICOPTERS
TRANSPORTS
TRAINERS
SPECIAL MISSION
ON-ORDER
The Argentine Air Force makes due with several aging platforms - including the Cold War-era A-4 'Skyhawk' fighter variant known locally as the Fightinghawk.



POWER INDEX SCORE

24.1

(Ranked 36 of 53)
*See Notes
The Argentine Air Force has struck a relative balance in combat-training-rotorcraft which bodes well for tactical flexbiility. However, budget issues have meant an aging stock of players of which some are being replaced or reinforced for the near-future. The only true fighter in the fleet remains an aging core of American-made Lockheed A-4AR 'Fightinghawk' fighter-bombers based in the 1950s Cold War-era Douglas A-4 'Skyhawk' carrierborne fighter. This is backed by a limited fleet of homegrown IA 63 light strike platforms and three Brazilian Embraer EMB-312 'Super Tucanos'. The other indigenous product, the IA 58, is reserved for the Close-Air Support (CAS) role and at least 22 examples are kept on hand but they remain of questionable value. The rotorcraft fleet is a mix of utility, transport, and light scout types - these making up 23% of all strength. The transport force has, in stock, the venerable American-originated C-130 'Hercules', Dutch-made Fokker F28, and other lesser types for a total fleet commitment of just 7%. The training force (encompassing 36% of all strength) consists of several capable types including the homegrown AT63, Short Tucanos (these versatile platforms can double in the training and light strike roles), and the Grob G120TP. A handful of American T-6 Texan IIs are also operated by the service as are a tria of OA-4AR systems for the fighter-trainer role. Special-mission platforms are limited to reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare (EW). On-order systems place a primary focus on the transport, rotorcraft, and training forces.
NOTES: The WDMMA.org Power Index (PwrIndx) score looks at various qualities of an individual air power (or service branch). While total aircraft certainly influences the rating, aircraft variety (force balance) also plays a key role in determining an air service's placement on the list. Other focused qualities include local industry (aerospace-related) capability, future outlook, and current/recent combat experience. All this is worked into a formula which provides an analytical approach to resolving a force's fighting state in the modern world. This approach to fighting strength is highly theoretical and does not take into account a nation's available manpower or resolve in the face of conflict nor does it involve land and naval fighting strength. The top achievable PwrIndx score belongs to the United States Air Force with its rating of 242.9. As of now, UAV systems are not taken into account due to reporting differences between publicly-available sources (these will be integrated as some point). Navy aviation branches do not take into account the fighting capacity of naval ships.
Inventory Breakdown
68
Total available aircraft assuming a Below Average Readiness Rate of 50%.
95
Total available aircraft assuming an Average Readiness Rate of 70%.
101
Total available aircraft assuming an Above Average Readiness Rate of 75%.
108
Total available aircraft assuming an Excellent Readiness Rate of 80%.


Fighters
Total: 19 (14%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
12
A-4AR
Fighter / Attack
4
IA 63
Light Strike
3
EMB-312
Light Attack




CAS
Total: 22 (16%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
22
IA 58
Close-Air Support




Helicopters
Total: 31 (23%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
10
MD500D
Light Scout
7
Bell 212
Utility
6
Bell 412
Utility
3
SA315B
Light Utility
2
S-76
VIP
2
Mi-171
Transport
1
S-70
VIP




Transports
Total: 9 (7%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
4
C-130H/L-100
Tactical
2
F28
Transport
2
PA-31
Light Utility
1
Boeing 737
VIP




Trainers
Total: 48 (36%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
18
AT 63
Strike Trainer
11
EMB-312
Basic Trainer
10
G120TP
Flight Trainer
6
T-6C+
Basic Trainer
3
OA-4AR
Fighter Trainer




Tankers
Total: 2 (1%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
2
KC-130H
Aerial Refueling




Special
Total: 4 (3%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
3
DA42
Reconnaissance
1
EC-21A
Electronic Warfare




On-Order
Total: 70
18
IA 63
Light Strike
18
AT 63
Advanced Jet Trainer
14
T-6C+
Basic Trainer
8
P2002
Basic Trainer
6
KC-390
Tactical
3
Ka-226
Light Utility
3
Mi-171
Transport
National Powers (A-to-Z)
53 Countries Ranked; 366 Aircraft Types Tracked; 35,953 Total Aircraft Followed.
Switzerland (167)
#40
Swiss Air Force (167)
United Arab Emirates (UAE) (327)
#27
United Arab Emirates Air Force (327)