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Italian Air Force

Total Aircraft: 506

Active Aircraft Inventory (2020)

FIGHTERS
HELICOPTERS
TRANSPORTS
TRAINERS
SPECIAL MISSION
ON-ORDER
The Italian Air Force is an impressive fighting force by European standards, featuring modern types and robust local defense-related production.



POWER INDEX SCORE

54.6

(Ranked 13 of 53)
*See Notes
The Italian Air Force relies on a mix of combat warplanes making up over 36% of all inventory. The fleet is led by the Eurofighter Typhoon and backed by a collection of strike platforms that includes the AMX International and the PANAVIA Tornado (IDS variant). Further strengthening the ranks is the arrival of the F-35A/B models which will considerably modernize the service.

The rotorcraft force accounts for 11% of all strength and includes mostly local designs and the venerable Bell 212. These are equipped to handle a variety of tasks from utility and transport to Search and Rescue (SAR) and scouting. The transport force sees about 8% of total strength committed and involves the C-130J Super Hercules and C-27J Spartan twin-turboprop types as well as a mix of others to cover VIP transport roles. Heavy hauling (at the strategic level) is not addressed however. The tanker force is useful, made up of two types - KC-767A and KC-130J - whcih adds an inter- and intra-theater tactical/Strategic flexibility to the force. Special mission platforms revolve around Maritime Patrol (MPA) and specialist platforms set up to handle EW, AEW, and SIGINT as needed.

Like other modern air services, the Italian Air Force places a premium on training and this is exemplified by its stock of Advanced Jet Trainer types, fighter trainers, helicopter trainers, and general trainers.

The order sheet is headlined by the F-35A strike fighter and M-345 ADJ. The F-35B VTOL form of the F-35 is also on the horizon. Beyond this is a commitment to modernizing or strengthing the rotorcraft, training, and patrol fleets.
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
253
Total available aircraft assuming a Below Average Readiness Rate of 50%.
354
Total available aircraft assuming an Average Readiness Rate of 70%.
380
Total available aircraft assuming an Above Average Readiness Rate of 75%.
405
Total available aircraft assuming an Excellent Readiness Rate of 80%.


Fighters
Total: 185 (37%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
79
Typhoon
Multirole
53
Tornado IDS
Attack
35
AMX International
Ground Attack
9
F-35A/B
Multirole




Helicopters
Total: 55 (11%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
32
Bell 212
Utility
15
AW139
Utility/SAR
6
AW101
Utility/SAR
2
NH-500M
Light Scout




Transports
Total: 40 (8%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
16
C-130J
Tactical
8
C-27J
Tactical
7
P.180
VIP
3
A319CJ
VIP
3
Falcon 900
VIP
2
Falcon 50
VIP
1
A340-500
VIP




Trainers
Total: 197 (39%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
72
MB-339
Advanced Jet Trainer
37
NH-500M
Helicopter Trainer
30
SF-260
Basic Trainer
18
T-346A
Advanced Jet Trainer
13
Typhoon
Fighter Trainer
8
Tornado IDS
Strike Trainer
7
P.180
Flight Trainer
5
AMX-T
Strike Trainer
4
F-35A
Fighter Trainer
3
P2006T
Flight Trainer




Tankers
Total: 8 (2%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
4
KC-767A
Aerial Refueling
4
KC-130J
Aerial Refueling




Special
Total: 21 (4%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
14
Tornado ECR
Electronic Warfare
2
ATR 72
Maritime Patrol
2
C-27J
Eletronic Warfare
2
G550
Airborne Early Warning
1
Super King Air 350
SIGINT




On-Order
Total: 134
60
F-35A
Multirole
45
M-345
Advanced Jet Trainer
15
F-35B
VTOL/Multirole
6
AW101
Utility
4
ATR 72
Maritime Patrol
3
Typhoon
Multirole
1
Typhoon
Fighter 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)