The Brazilian Air Force joins many other modern services today in undergoing an extensive modernization as its budget allows.
POWER INDEX SCORE
(Ranked 14 of 53)
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.
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%.