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French Air Force Aircraft Inventory (2019)

Total: 658

FIGHTERS
HELICOPTERS
TRANSPORTS
TRAINERS
SPECIAL MISSION
ON-ORDER
French Air Force fighting strength is spearheaded by the highly effective Dassault Rafale backed by the often-overlooked Dassault Mirage 2000 series. Both are capable of interception as well as ground attack with the former offering more broadened capabilities in this respect. Fighter strength makes up 35% of French airpower. The service is all-modern, balancing these aircraft with that of training (basic, advanced, and helicopter levels), transport, and rotorcraft. In this way, the French Air Force is arranged to be able to tackle most any foreign threat (training makes up a hefty 33.4% of all strength). Lack of quantity is theoretically offset by technical supremacy, giving the service a vital reach into conflicts of the present and future.

The arrival of additional A400M strategic airlifters as well as Rafale B/C models will provide the French Air Force with the modernization it requires to remain viable.

NOTES: Images found below are indicative of series type (for representation purposes) and do not reflect current service colors. On-Order systems are not included in the overall Aircraft Total.

A readiness rate of 50% would equate to 329 of the 658 available aircraft.
A readiness rate of 70% would equate to 461 of the 658 available aircraft.
A readiness rate of 75% would equate to 494 of the 658 available aircraft.
A readiness rate of 80% would equate to 526 of the 658 available aircraft.
Inventory Breakdown
Fighters
Total: 232 (35%)
101
Rafale B/C
Multirole
71
M2000D
Attack
32
M2000C
Multirole
28
M2000-5F
Multirole


Helicopters
Total: 84 (13%)
40
AS555
Light Multirole
26
SA330
Transport
13
H225M
Medium-Lift
5
H215M
Medium-Lift


Transports
Total: 99 (15%)
27
CN-235
Tactical
21
C-160
Tactical
15
TBM 700
Utility
14
C-130H
Tactical
12
A-400M
Strategic/Tactical
5
DHC-6
Utility
3
A310
Airliner
2
C-130J
Tactical


Trainers
Total: 220 (33%)
102
Alpha Jet
Advanced Jet Trainer
37
TB30
Flight Trainer
22
EMB-121
Utility
18
G120A
Basic Trainer
15
SR20
Flight Trainer
10
PC-21
Flight Trainer
8
SR22
Flight Trainer
6
M2000B
Fighter Trainer
2
H225M
Helicopter Trainer


Tankers
Total: 17 (3%)
14
KC-135FR
Aerial Refueling
2
A-400M
Aerial Refueling
1
A330 (MRTT)
Aerial Refueling


Special
Total: 6 (1%)
4
E-3F
Airborne Early Warning
2
C-160
Electronic Intelligence


On-Order
Total: 87
36
A-400M
Strategic/Tactical
27
Rafale B/C
Multirole
10
A330 (MRTT)
Aerial Refueling
7
PC-21
Flight Trainer
3
Falcon
Electronic Warfare
2
KC-130J
Aerial Refueling
2
MC-12W
Reconnaissance