The Royal Danish Air Force is on course for upgrading its aging F-16 fighter force to new-generation F-35A Strike Fighter models.
POWER INDEX SCORE
(Ranked 44 of 53)
The Royal Danish Air Force is set to receive first-delivery of the vaunted Lockheed Martin F-35A 'Lightning II' 5th Generation Strike fighter in 2021, shoring up a fighter force that is made up of an aging line of F-16 'Fighting Falcon' A-models along with its twin-seat trainer form. This will propel the service into a new era of fighting technology at a time when Russian operations in the Arctic and around Greenland are increasing. The fighter force accounts for 27% of all strength.
Beyond this, the service makes due with a modest collection of rotorcraft (31%), fixed-wing transports (4%), and Martime Patrol Aircraft (4%). The trainer force receives attention, with some 35% committed to the group, with basic and fighter trainer types kept on hand. Some 27 F-35A models are on-order.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.
55 Total available aircraft assuming a Below Average Readiness Rate of 50%.
77 Total available aircraft assuming an Average Readiness Rate of 70%.
83 Total available aircraft assuming an Above Average Readiness Rate of 75%.
88 Total available aircraft assuming an Excellent Readiness Rate of 80%.