The Egyptian Air Force makes up the largest air power in all of Africa and is well-stocked with a mix of modern solutions.
POWER INDEX SCORE
(Ranked 24 of 53)
The modern Egyptian Air Force consists of hundreds of aircraft of various types, some with broad over-battlefield roles and others with specifically-defined roles. The fighter force constitutes 30% of all inventory and is a large mix of modern and Cold War-era types led by the American F-16 'Fighting Falcon' lightweight multirole fighter. Modernization is being had through the adoption of the French-made Dassault 'Rafael' and additional Russian MiG-29 'Fulcrum' multirole fighters which will allow for retirment of some of the elderly types still on hand. Of course all this comes at a price for upwards of 35.5% of the inventory is committed to training of airmen at various levels - basic, advanced, fighter, etc. The rotorcraft force is made up of an equally-broad mix of foreign aircraft types with light scouts and medium-class forms taking the lead. The service also fields a useful fixed-wing transport force and dedicates a modest selection of platforms to special-mission roles - putting the country well-ahead of some of its regional neighbors (and potential future foes). On-order systems should continue to push the service into the future.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.
546 Total available aircraft assuming a Below Average Readiness Rate of 50%.
764 Total available aircraft assuming an Average Readiness Rate of 70%.
819 Total available aircraft assuming an Above Average Readiness Rate of 75%.
874 Total available aircraft assuming an Excellent Readiness Rate of 80%.