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Royal Air Force (Britain) Aircraft Inventory (2019)

Total: 542

FIGHTERS
HELICOPTERS
TRANSPORTS
TRAINERS
SPECIAL MISSION
ON-ORDER
Current fighter strength for the British Royal Air Force (RAF) is centered on the powerful and multifacted Eurofighter Typhoon. This fleet is backed by an aging stock of PANAVIA Tornado GR.4 sing-wing strike aircraft who are set to be succeeded by the new Lockheed Martin F-35 Lighting II 5th Generation Strike platform beginning to appear in number. Some 12 Lightning IIs currently make up the RAF inventory with a further 122 on order. Despite the 150 combat aircraft on hand, the RAF has an even greater focus on airman training with these aircraft types making up nearly 44% of total RAF strength. Helicopters chip in another 15% while 8.5% constitute transport types. Nine examples of the KC-30A on on hand to provide aerial refueling while the Airbus A400M Atlas supplies the primary heavy-hauling capability.

NOTES: Images found below are indicative of series type (for representation purposes) and do not reflect current service colors. On-Order systems are not included in the overall Aircraft Total.

A readiness rate of 50% would equate to 271 of the 542 available aircraft.
A readiness rate of 70% would equate to 379 of the 542 available aircraft.
A readiness rate of 75% would equate to 407 of the 542 available aircraft.
A readiness rate of 80% would equate to 434 of the 542 available aircraft.
Inventory Breakdown
Fighters
Total: 150 (28%)
117
Typhoon
Multirole
21
Tornado GR.4
Strike
12
F-35B
VTOL / Multirole


Helicopters
Total: 80 (15%)
54
HC.3/4/5/6
Medium-Lift
22
Puma HC.2
Transport
3
Model 412
Search & Rescue
1
AW109
SAR/Utility


Transports
Total: 46 (8%)
20
A-400M
Strategic/Tactical
16
C-130J
Tactical
8
C-17
Strategic/Tactical
2
Model 146
Airliner


Trainers
Total: 238 (44%)
80
G115
Basic Trainer
42
Tucano T.1
Trainer/Light Attack
33
Hawk T.1
Advanced Jet Trainer
29
G120TP
Basic Trainer
27
Hawk T.2
Advanced Jet Trainer
10
Model 412
Search & Rescue
9
T-6C
Basic Trainer
4
F-35B
VTOL / Multirole
3
Phenom 100
Trainer
1
AW109
SAR/Utility


Tankers
Total: 9 (2%)
9
KC-30A (MRTT)
Aerial Refueling


Special
Total: 19 (4%)
6
E-3D
Airborne Early Warning
6
King Air 350
Reconnaissance
4
Global Express
Reconnaissance
3
RC-135W
ELINT


On-Order
Total: 155
122
F-35B
VTOL / Multirole
16
HC.3/4/5/6
Medium-Lift
9
P-8A
Maritime Patrol
5
Typhoon
Multirole
2
A-400M
Strategic/Tactical
1
T-6C
Basic Trainer