The Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm is composed mainly of rotorcraft types with a few lightweight / light duty exceptions.
POWER INDEX SCORE
(Ranked 30 of 53)
The modern Roayl Navy's Fleet Air Arm (FAA) is a far-cry from its Cold War days as it relies largely on a proven rotorcraft fleet to cover basic at-sea, over-water sorties including ASW, SAR, patrol, support, and the like. The fleet is comprised mainly of the large AW101 'Merlin' transport and smaller AS159 'Wildcat' utility types. The total rotorcraft force makes up 79% of FAA strength. The remained, 21%, is allotted to a training arm led by the BAe Systems Hawk Advanced jet Trainer. The Lockheed Martin F-35B 'Lightning II' 5th Generation Strike fighter will be jointly-operated with the Royal Air Force with Initial Operating Capability (IOC) reached sometime in 2020.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.
54 Total available aircraft assuming a Below Average Readiness Rate of 50%.
76 Total available aircraft assuming an Average Readiness Rate of 70%.
81 Total available aircraft assuming an Above Average Readiness Rate of 75%.
86 Total available aircraft assuming an Excellent Readiness Rate of 80%.