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German Air Force (Luftwaffe)

Total: 398

Active Aircraft Inventory (2019)

FIGHTERS
HELICOPTERS
TRANSPORTS
TRAINERS
SPECIAL MISSION
ON-ORDER
Nearly 400 aircraft make up the fighting strength of the modern German Air Force. Some 45% is dedicated to the fighter force and this group is made up of the modern Eurofighter 'Typhoon' multirole type and the swing-wing PANAVIA Tornado IDS (InterDiction Strike). The fighter fleet will be bolstered by the arrival of six additional Eurofighter Typhoons, bringing strength to over 125 of these aircraft while the Tornado IDS variant supplies a proven, if aging, high-speed strike capability. The rotorcraft force follows in strength by making up 25% of available inventory - but this group is led by the aging line of Sikorsky CH-53 'Super Stallion' heavy-lift helicopters needing replacement in the near-future. The transport fleet accounts for 18% of all strength and is headed by another Cold War-era warrior, the Transall C-160, which is set to replaced by a sizeable collection of inbound Airbus A400M 'Atlas' heavy-haulers (sone nineteen are currently in service). Training does not see dedicated flight, basic, and advanced types common to other global air powers used - instead the Tornado IDS is reserved for conversion training. The tanker force is relatively strong with a mix of Airbus A310 MRTT and A400M aircraft with the Lockheed KC-130J ''Super Hercules' still to come. Special mission platforms are not as varied as other powers - the group led by the Tornado EW variant and a collection of other role-specific types. On-order systems look to address some growing concerns, particularly in fighter strength, aerial refueling, and transport capabilities.

All told, the German Air Force is a service in flux, looking to the future while saddled by aging types while being outpaced by historical rivals in Britain and France. For what it is designed to do, local defense and mission support abroad, the service can hold its own for the near-future but modernization of certain aspects will be in high order heading into the next decade.

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.
Inventory Breakdown
199
Total available aircraft assuming a Below Average Readiness Rate of 50%.
279
Total available aircraft assuming an Average Readiness Rate of 70%.
299
Total available aircraft assuming an Above Average Readiness Rate of 75%.
318
Total available aircraft assuming an Excellent Readiness Rate of 80%.


Fighters
Total: 178 (45%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
122
Typhoon
Multirole
56
Tornado IDS
Strike




Helicopters
Total: 98 (25%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
80
CH-53G/GA/GS
Heavy-Lift
15
H145
Special Forces
3
AS532U2
VIP




Transports
Total: 72 (18%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
52
C-160
Tactical
19
A400M
Tactical/Strategic
1
A310
Airliner




Trainers
Total: 6 (2%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
6
Tornado IDS
Fighter Trainer




Tankers
Total: 6 (2%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
4
A310 MRTT
Aerial Refueling
2
A400M
Aerial Refueling




Special
Total: 38 (10%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
28
Tornado ECR
Electronic Warfare
4
Global Express
Business Jet
3
A319CJ
Surveillance
2
A340-300
Surveillance
1
A321-200
Airliner




On-Order
Total: 51
32
A400M
Tactical/Strategic
6
Typhoon
Multirole
4
A330 MRTT
Aerial Refueling
3
ACJ350
Airliner
3
C-130J
Tactical
3
KC-130J
Aerial Refueling