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Brazilian Air Force

Total Aircraft: 544

Active Aircraft Inventory (2020)

FIGHTERS
HELICOPTERS
TRANSPORTS
TRAINERS
SPECIAL MISSION
ON-ORDER
The Brazilian Air Force joins many other modern services today in undergoing an extensive modernization as its budget allows.



POWER INDEX SCORE

53.1

(Ranked 14 of 53)
*See Notes
The Brazilian Air Force remains another modern fighting air power in transition, home to Cold War players with an eye towards the future through modernization (where possible by local means). A commitment to 100 Saab Gripen E lightweight multirole fighters enhances a combat force that currently makes up 17% of all strength. Additional firepower is provided through the thirty-one Embraer 'Super Tucano' light strike platforms (which can double in the training role) fulfilling the dedicated CAS role. The rotorcraft fleet is a mix of foreign types originating from France, the United States, and Russia and represents 14% of all strength. The transport arm is 23% of total inventory and led by utility-minded types - though the arrival of the Embraer KC-390 tactical airlifer is sure to strengthen this fleet. Training platforms account for 33% of total strength and are led by two in-house designs from Embraer - the EMB-312 and its evolved form, the EMB-314. Fighter and flight training also receive some attention in this category. A modest tanker fleet adds tactical flexibility to the service while special mission platforms cover the gamut of usual types - maritime patrol, AEW, SIGINT, and reconnaissance. On-order systems will fortify fighter, transport, training, special-mission, and rotorcraft strength.
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
272
Total available aircraft assuming a Below Average Readiness Rate of 50%.
381
Total available aircraft assuming an Average Readiness Rate of 70%.
408
Total available aircraft assuming an Above Average Readiness Rate of 75%.
435
Total available aircraft assuming an Excellent Readiness Rate of 80%.


Fighters
Total: 90 (17%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
47
AMX A-1/-1M
Strike
43
F-5EM
Fighter




CAS
Total: 31 (6%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
31
A-29A (EMB-314)
Close-Air Support




Helicopters
Total: 76 (14%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
26
H125M
Light Utility
16
UH-60L/M
Multirole
12
Mi-35
Transport/Gunship
11
H225M
Medium-Lift
4
AS355
Light Utility
4
H215M
Medium-Lift
2
UH-1H (Bell 205)
Utility
1
Bell 206
Light Utility




Transports
Total: 127 (23%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
48
EMB-110
Utility
31
Cessna 208
Utility
19
EMB-120
Utility/VIP
10
C-130H/M
Tactical
9
C-295
Tactical
6
ERJ-145
Business Jet
2
Phenom 100
Business Jet
1
KC-767
VIP
1
KC-390
Tactical




Trainers
Total: 178 (33%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
103
EMB-312
Basic Trainer
62
A-29B (EMB-314)
Basic Trainer
8
AMX-T
Strike Trainer
4
F-5FM
Fighter Trainer
1
P-3AM
Flight Trainer




Tankers
Total: 4 (1%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
3
KC-130H
Aerial Refueling
1
KC-X2
Aerial Refueling




Special
Total: 38 (7%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
11
EMB-110
Maritime Patrol
7
P-3AM
Maritime Patrol
6
Learjet 35
Reconnaissance
5
E-99
Airborne Early Warning
3
C-295
Search and Rescue
3
EMB-110
Reconnaissance
3
ERJ-145
SIGINT




On-Order
Total: 159
100
Gripen E
Multirole
26
KC-390
Tactical
9
C-295
Tactical
8
Gripen F
Fighter Trainer
5
H225M
Medium-Lift
4
Phenom 100
Business Jet
3
UH-60L/M
Multirole
2
C-295
Search and Rescue
2
KC-X2
Aerial Refueling
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)