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Republic of China Air Force (Taiwan)

Total Aircraft: 526

Active Aircraft Inventory (2020)

FIGHTERS
HELICOPTERS
TRANSPORTS
TRAINERS
SPECIAL MISSION
ON-ORDER
The Republic of China Air Force is built from mostly foreign solutions - mainly American in origin - but does include some local developments.



POWER INDEX SCORE

31.5

(Ranked 26 of 53)
*See Notes
Ever under the shadow of mighty China, the Republic of China - Taiwan - is forced to field an all-modern fighting force with defense at its core. The fighter fleet is led by the proven F-16 'Fighting Falcon' line and this is backed - nearly one-for-one - by the indigenous F-CK-1 aircraft of similar lightweight, multirole classification. Fighters, including a stock of French M2000s and American F-5 Tiger IIs, account for 54% of all fighting strength.

The rotorcraft force is modestly sized, encompassing the venerable Sikorsky UH-60 'Black Hawk' along with three French-originated H225M transports. Helicopters account for just 5% of all inventory.

The training arm gets much of the focus beyond the combat force as some 34% of all inventory is dedicated to the type. Local industry shines here as the AT-3 and F-CK-1 both make up a major portion of the lot followed by the American T-34 'Mentor' basic trainer and training counterparts to each in-service fighter. Special-missions platforms include a small collection of aircraft to cover maritime patrol, Airborne Early Warning (AEW), and Electronic Warfare (EW) sorties. On-order are six Alenia C-27J 'Spartan' tactical transports that can also srve as gunships if so modified.
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
263
Total available aircraft assuming a Below Average Readiness Rate of 50%.
368
Total available aircraft assuming an Average Readiness Rate of 70%.
395
Total available aircraft assuming an Above Average Readiness Rate of 75%.
421
Total available aircraft assuming an Excellent Readiness Rate of 80%.


Fighters
Total: 286 (54%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
113
F-16A/V
Multirole
102
F-CK-1C
Multirole
46
M2000-5EI
Multirole
25
F/RF-5E
Fighter




Helicopters
Total: 24 (5%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
21
UH-60M
Medium-Lift
3
H225M
Medium-Lift




Transports
Total: 19 (4%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
19
C-130H
Tactical




Trainers
Total: 178 (34%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
49
AT-3
Advanced Jet Trainer
37
T-34
Basic Trainer
30
F-5F
Fighter Trainer
27
F-16B
Fighter Trainer
26
F-CK-1D
Fighter Trainer
9
Mirage 2000-5DI
Fighter Trainer




Special
Total: 19 (4%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
12
P-3C
Maritime Patrol
6
E-2B/K
Airborne Early Warning
1
C-130H
Electronic Warfare




On-Order
Total: 6
6
C-27J
Tactical
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)