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Nigerian Air Force

Total Aircraft: 132

Active Aircraft Inventory (2020)

FIGHTERS
HELICOPTERS
TRANSPORTS
TRAINERS
SPECIAL MISSION
ON-ORDER
The Nigerian Air Force is bouyed by many foreign aircraft types ranging from Brazil and China to Europe and the United States.



POWER INDEX SCORE

17.9

(Ranked 45 of 53)
*See Notes
The Nigerian Air Force is built for attack with a secondary role of defense, its fighter force split between modest collections of Alpha Jet light strikers and F-7 interceptors/fighter-bombers. 16% of the total inventory is dedicted to fighter types. The rotorcraft force is relatively sizeable with 22% of all strength dedicated to such types. Eleven examples are of the proven Mil Mi-24 'Hind' heavy transport / gunship platform. The transport force (18%) runs the gamut of usual twin-engine tactical types and includes several utility models as well. The trainer force receives much attention with some 40% of all strength committed to the fleet covering flight, basic, advanced, fighter, and helicopter training levels. 4% is dedicated to special-mission platforms. On-order systems should help reinforce combat, training, and rotorcraft strength for the near-future.
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
66
Total available aircraft assuming a Below Average Readiness Rate of 50%.
92
Total available aircraft assuming an Average Readiness Rate of 70%.
99
Total available aircraft assuming an Above Average Readiness Rate of 75%.
106
Total available aircraft assuming an Excellent Readiness Rate of 80%.


Fighters
Total: 21 (16%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
12
Alpha Jet
Light Strike
9
F-7NI
Fighter-Bomber




Helicopters
Total: 29 (22%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
11
Mi-24/35
Gunship/Transport
5
H215M
Medium-Lift
5
Mi-17/171
Transport
3
H135
Light Utility
2
AW101
Medium-Lift
2
Bell 412
Utility
1
AW139
VIP




Transports
Total: 24 (18%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
11
Do 128
Utility
5
Do 228
Utility
3
C-130H
Tactical
2
G.222
Tactical
2
King Air 350
Utility
1
Boeing 737
VIP




Trainers
Total: 53 (40%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
17
L-39
Advanced Jet Trainer
12
AW109
Helicopter Trainer
10
MFI-395
Flight Trainer
6
MB-339
Advanced Jet Trainer
5
DA40
Flight Trainer
2
JT-7
Fighter Trainer
1
Mi-34
Helicopter Trainer




Special
Total: 5 (4%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
3
King Air 350
SIGINT/Recon
2
ATR 42
Maritime Patrol Aircraft




On-Order
Total: 34
15
EMB-314
Light Strike
10
Mi-24/35
Gunship/Transport
6
Mi-17/171
Transport
3
JF-17
Multirole
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)