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Polish Air Force

Total Aircraft: 290

Active Aircraft Inventory (2020)

FIGHTERS
HELICOPTERS
TRANSPORTS
TRAINERS
SPECIAL MISSION
ON-ORDER
The Polish Air Force is a mix of local- and foreign-born aircraft types with its centerpiece currently being the American F-16 Fighting Falcon.



POWER INDEX SCORE

24.2

(Ranked 35 of 53)
*See Notes
The Polish Air Force fleet moves ever-closer to fielding an aging fleet of aircraft with only a few areas being addressed in the short-term. The fighter fleet consists of a mix of West and East in which the headliner is the American Lockheed (General Dynamics) F-16 'Fighting Falcon' lightweight multirole type but these are represented by aging C-models. Similarly, the Mikoyan MiG-29 stock are A-models of the series. Some firepower is gained through the 30+ Sukhoi Su-22 fighter-bombers kept on hand but this is a design rooted in Cold War thinking, the prototype first-flying in mid-1966. The fighter fleet makes up 32% of all strength.

Training is given much attention in the force and over 36% is dedicated to such types covering the usual gamut of fighter, helicopter, advanced, and basic training types. Additional Italian M-346 Advanced Jet Trainers are on order. The transport force encompasses 16% of all strength with no heavy-haulers to be had. Instead the service makes due with utility and tactical types of both foreign and domestic origination. The rotorcraft force is 15% of all strength and in need of modernzation - the stable made up of the local W-3 backed by a usable force of Soviet-era Mi-2 and Mi8/17 platforms.

September 2019 - The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of 32 x F-35A strike fighters to the nation of Poland.
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
145
Total available aircraft assuming a Below Average Readiness Rate of 50%.
203
Total available aircraft assuming an Average Readiness Rate of 70%.
218
Total available aircraft assuming an Above Average Readiness Rate of 75%.
232
Total available aircraft assuming an Excellent Readiness Rate of 80%.


Fighters
Total: 93 (32%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
36
F-16C
Multirole
32
Su-22M4/UM3K
Fighter-Bomber
25
MiG-29A
Multirole




Helicopters
Total: 44 (15%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
17
W-3
Utility
15
Mi-2
Utility
12
Mi-8/17
Gunship/Transport




Transports
Total: 47 (16%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
23
M28
Utility
16
C-295
Tactical
5
C-130E
Tactical
2
G550
VIP
1
Boeing 737-800
VIP




Trainers
Total: 106 (37%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
36
TS-11
Advanced Jet Trainer
24
SW-4
Helicopter Trainer
16
PZL-130
Basic Trainer
12
F-16D
Fighter Trainer
8
M-346
Advanced Jet Trainer
6
MiG-29UB
Fighter Trainer
4
G2
Helicopter Trainer




On-Order
Total: 6
32
F-35A
Strike Fighter
4
M-346
Advanced Jet Trainer
2
Boeing 737-800
VIP
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)