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Iraqi Air Force

Total Aircraft: 204

Active Aircraft Inventory (2020)

FIGHTERS
HELICOPTERS
TRANSPORTS
TRAINERS
SPECIAL MISSION
ON-ORDER
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

7.4

(Ranked 51 of 53)
*See Notes
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.
Inventory Breakdown
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%.


Fighters
Total: 37 (18%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
27
F-16C/IQ
Multirole
10
L-159A
Light Strike




CAS
Total: 23 (11%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
21
Su-25
Close-Air Support
2
AC-208
Close-Air Support




Helicopters
Total: 46 (23%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
30
Mi-28N
Attack
10
Mi-17
Transport/Gunship
6
SA342
Light Scout




Transports
Total: 24 (12%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
6
An-32
Tactical
6
C-130J
Tactical
5
PC-12
Utility
3
C-130E
Tactical
3
DHC-6
Utility
1
King Air 350
Utility




Trainers
Total: 54 (26%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
19
Lasta 95N
Basic Trainer
12
T-50IQ
Advanced Jet Trainer
9
Bell 206
Helicopter Trainer
9
F-16D/IQ
Fighter Trainer
4
Cessna 208
Flight Trainer
1
L-159T1
Advanced Jet Trainer




Special
Total: 20 (10%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
7
CH2000
Reconnaissance
6
King Air 350
Reconnaissance
3
Cessna RC-208
Reconnaissance
2
DHC-6
Reconnaissance
2
SB7L-360A
Reconnaissance




On-Order
Total: 68
24
T-6C
Light Strike
20
MFI-395
Basic Trainer
12
Bell 412
Utility
12
T-50IQ
Advanced Jet Trainer
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)