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Royal Malaysian Air Force

Total Aircraft: 163

Active Aircraft Inventory (2020)

FIGHTERS
HELICOPTERS
TRANSPORTS
TRAINERS
SPECIAL MISSION
ON-ORDER
The Royal Malaysian Air Force inventory finds a fairly consistent balance between attack, defense, and support platforms.



POWER INDEX SCORE

15.2

(Ranked 48 of 53)
*See Notes
The Royal Malaysian Air Force relies on modern equipment to accomplish a variety of over-battlefield roles. The fighter force receives a commitment of 32% and includes top-flight platforms such as the Sukhoi Su-30, MiG-29, F/A-18 'Hornet' and BAe Systems 'Hawk' (the MiG-29 aircraft are held in 'active reserve' status and reside in storage but are nonetheless available). All can cover several roles as needed.

The rotorcraft force receives 25% commitment and is made of of all foreign-originated types from the United States and France - all being proven platforms. The transport fleet relies on three consistent performers in the C-130 'Hercules' CN-235, and A400M 'Atlas' - giving the branch a tactical/strategic capability. The trainer force consists of the usual basic, advamced, helicopter, flight, and fighter trainer forms - accounting for 26% of all strength. A modest tanker force, making up 2% of all strength, exists to provide tactical flexibility in the event of war. Special-mission platforms cover maritime patrol roles critical to the country. No systems are on-order for 2019.
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
82
Total available aircraft assuming a Below Average Readiness Rate of 50%.
114
Total available aircraft assuming an Average Readiness Rate of 70%.
122
Total available aircraft assuming an Above Average Readiness Rate of 75%.
130
Total available aircraft assuming an Excellent Readiness Rate of 80%.


Fighters
Total: 52 (32%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
18
Su-30MKM
Multirole
13
MiG-29
Multirole
13
Hawk 208
Light Strike
8
F/A-18D
Multirole




Helicopters
Total: 40 (25%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
24
S-61
SAR/Utility
12
H225M
SAR/Utility
4
S-70A
VIP/Utility




Transports
Total: 20 (12%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
9
C-130H
Tactical
7
CN-235
Tactical
4
A400M
Strategic/Tactical




Trainers
Total: 43 (26%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
22
PC-7 Mk II
Basic Trainer
7
MB-339
Advanced Jet Trainer
5
Hawk 108
Advanced Jet Trainer
5
H120
Helicopter Trainer
2
King Air 350
Flight Trainer
2
MiG-29
Fighter Trainer




Tankers
Total: 4 (2%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
4
KC-130H
Aerial Refueling




Special
Total: 4 (2%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
3
King Air 200
Maritime Patrol
1
C-130H
Maritime Patrol
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)