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Bangladesh Air Force

Total Aircraft: 184

Active Aircraft Inventory (2020)

FIGHTERS
HELICOPTERS
TRANSPORTS
TRAINERS
SPECIAL MISSION
ON-ORDER
The bangladesh Air Force aircraft crop is stocked with types of foreign origin - from the United States and China to Italy and the old Soviet Union.



POWER INDEX SCORE

14.1

(Ranked 49 of 53)
*See Notes
The modern Bangladesh Air Force inventory is dominated by a commitment to its airman training fleet followed by its fighter and rotorcraft forces. The fighter stock is made up of the Chinese-originated Chengdu F-7 supersonic fighter backed by a small collection of the more modern Mikoyan MiG-29 'Fulcrum' fighter forms. Rotorcraft strength is through the Russian Mil Mi-17 'Hip' multirole transport helicopter which can be equipped for the gunship role and support many other battlefield requirements. Beyond this is the classic Bell 212 series and Italian-originated AW139, the latter adding a more modern flair. The fighter fleet accounts for 24% of all strength while the rotorcraft fleet adds another 27%. The training force makes up 45% and is compiled of various foreign-born designs including the Russian Yakovlev Yak-130, K-8, and L-39 for the Advanced Jet Trainer role, the FT-6 and FT-7 for the fighter trainer role, and the Bell Model 206/AW119 for the more specialized area of helicopter training.

The transport arm is capable of moderate hauling sorties over range and focuses on the venerable Lockheed C-130 'Herules' (and, more recently, the 'Super Hercules') type supported by a few Antonov An-32 transports. On-order are several notable types including the Sukhoi Su-30 'Flanker-C' multirole type which will bolster the modest fighter fleet. Add to this additional K-8 advanced trainers, Mi-17 helos, and a C-130J which will all serve well to boost overall fleet strength.

No special mission or aerial tanker aircraft are retained.
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
92
Total available aircraft assuming a Below Average Readiness Rate of 50%.
129
Total available aircraft assuming an Average Readiness Rate of 70%.
138
Total available aircraft assuming an Above Average Readiness Rate of 75%.
147
Total available aircraft assuming an Excellent Readiness Rate of 80%.


Fighters
Total: 44 (24%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
36
F-7
Fighter
8
MiG-29
Fighter




Helicopters
Total: 49 (27%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
32
Mi-17/171
Transport
13
Bell 212
Utility
4
AW139
Search and Rescue




Transports
Total: 8 (4%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
4
C-130B/E
Tactical
3
An-32
Tactical
1
C-130J
Tactical




Trainers
Total: 83 (45%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
23
PT-6
Basic Trainer
13
Yak-130
Advanced Jet Trainer
11
FT-7
Fighter Trainer
9
K-8
Advanced Jet Trainer
9
FT-6
Fighter Trainer
7
L-39
Advanced Jet Trainer
6
Bell 206
Helicopter Trainer
3
L-410
Flight Trainer
2
AW119
Helicopter Trainer




On-Order
Total: 40
23
K-8
Advanced Jet Trainer
12
Su-30
Multirole
4
Mi-17/171
Transport
1
C-130J
Tactical
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)