The Croatian Air Force is slowly addressing various aspects of its air power including procurement of new fighter jets, modernization of helicopters, and purchase of new missiles.
POWER INDEX SCORE
(Ranked 46 of 53)
The Croatian Air Force is one of the smallest air services reviewed by WDMMA.org. Like other European powers, it is a service in flux with a need to modernize many aspects of its fighting capabilities. The fighter fleet constitutes 21% of all strength but remains a dozen examples of the MiG-21 'Fishbed' interceptor/fighter-bomber. 33% is committed to the rotorcraft fleet of which types include the multirole Mi-8 'Hip' twin-engine family as well as the American Bell OH-58 'Kiowar Warrior' light scout. This adds considerable flexibility to the small force while a pair of UH-60 Black Hawks are being donated from the United States (as were the Kiowas). The training arm (47%) makes up nearly half of all strength and covers besic and helicopter training levels. There are no fixed-wing transports, aerial tankers, or special-mission aircraft available, severely restricting the service's capabilities and forcing it to keep good, long-standing relationships with its neighbors and, most importantly, the United States.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.
39 Total available aircraft assuming a Below Average Readiness Rate of 50%.
55 Total available aircraft assuming an Average Readiness Rate of 70%.
59 Total available aircraft assuming an Above Average Readiness Rate of 75%.
62 Total available aircraft assuming an Excellent Readiness Rate of 80%.