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Egyptian Air Force

Total Aircraft: 1,092

Active Aircraft Inventory (2020)

FIGHTERS
HELICOPTERS
TRANSPORTS
TRAINERS
SPECIAL MISSION
ON-ORDER
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

38.7

(Ranked 24 of 53)
*See Notes
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.
Inventory Breakdown
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%.


Fighters
Total: 329 (30%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
168
F-16A/C
Multirole
75
Mirage 5E2/SDE+
Fighter-Bomber
30
Q-5
Ground Attack
17
Rafale DM/EM
Multirole
15
Mirage 2000EM
Multirole
13
Alpha Jet
Light Strike
11
MiG-29M
Multirole




CAS
Total: 12 (1%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
12
AT-802I
Close-Air Support




Helicopters
Total: 293 (27%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
89
SA342
Light Scout
62
Mi-8/-17
Medium-Lift/Gunship
46
AH-64D
Attack
34
Ka-52
Attack
23
Commando Mk.2/1
Utility
19
CH-47D
Transport
10
SH-2G
ASW/Maritime Patrol
3
AW109
Utility
3
H125M
Light Scout
2
UH-60M
Multirole
2
AW139
Utility




Transports
Total: 59 (5%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
23
C-295
Tactical
21
C-130H
Tactical
8
DHC-5
Utility
4
Beech 1900
Utility
3
An-74
Tactical




Trainers
Total: 388 (36%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
120
K-8
Advanced Jet Trainer
74
G115
Flight Trainer
54
EMB-312
Basic Trainer
50
F-16B/D
Fighter Trainer
49
L-39
Advanced Jet Trainer
27
Alpha Jet
Advanced Jet Trainer
6
Mirage 5SDD
Strike Trainer
4
Mirage 2000BM
Fighter Trainer
4
MiG-29M2
Fighter Trainer




Special
Total: 11 (1%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
7
E-2C
Airborne Early Warning
4
Beech 1900
Electronic Warfare




On-Order
Total: 59
30
MiG-29M/M2
Multirole
12
Ka-52
Attack
7
Rafale DM/EM
Multirole
6
CH-47D
Transport
4
UH-60M
Multirole
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)