The Iraqi Air Force - still recovering from the 2003 U.S.-led invasion - is a rebuilding force being stocked with U.S.-centric designs.
POWER INDEX SCORE
(Ranked 51 of 53)
The 2003 U.S.-led invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq proved a major setback for its air service, leading to a rebuilding period that is to take some decades to bring the arm up to the required operating strength. In its current form, strength is in balance which covers combat/attack, transport, special mission types, and training. While American hardware leads the way, other global suppliers are central in bringing the service up to speed - embodied by the likes of the Lockheed F-16 'Fighting Falcon' in its single-seat multirole combat form as well as its two-seat fighter trainer cousin. The Czech-made Aero L-159 ALCA is coming online in greater numbers and this versatile aircraft can cover both Advanced Jet Training as well as light attack duties. Beyond this is a continued commitment to the Soviet-era Russian Sukhoi Su-25 'Grach' ground attack aircraft. The armed version of the Cessna Model 208 is also used for the Close-Air Support (CAS) role. Some 29% of the current inventory is made up of fighter/attack types.
The primary focus of the rotorcraft fleet is the Mil Mi-17 'Hip' transport, which can also be outfitted for gunship role, and the Mil Mi-28 'Havoc' supplying a much-needed direct-attack tank-kiling punch. The Cold War-era, French-made Aerospatiale SA342 'Gazelle' remains a flexible solution, used in the light scout and light attack roles as needed.
The fixed-wing transport force is a mix of tactical and utility types with most of the number being the proven Lockheed C-130 'Hercules'. The training fleet constitutes a mix of aircraft designed to cover fighter training, helicopter training, basic and advanced flight training. Special-mission types are mainly twin turboprop forms and all are designed to serve in the reconnaissance role. 10% of the overall force is dedicated to special missions.
On-order aircraft include the Raytheon 'Texan II', the PAC MFI-395, the KAI T-50 'Golden Eagle', and the Bell 412 helicopter.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.
102 Total available aircraft assuming a Below Average Readiness Rate of 50%.
143 Total available aircraft assuming an Average Readiness Rate of 70%.
153 Total available aircraft assuming an Above Average Readiness Rate of 75%.
163 Total available aircraft assuming an Excellent Readiness Rate of 80%.