The Royal Netherlands Air Force is one of the smallest of the European powers but stocked with modern solutions such as the F-16 Fighting Falcon.
POWER INDEX SCORE
(Ranked 43 of 53)
The Royal Netherlands Air Force fields a fighter force that relies on the venerable F-16 'Fighting Falcon' for multirole duties though the group is set to be reinforced by a growing number of Lockheed Martin F-35 'Lighting II' 5th Generation Strike Fighters. Nearly 40% of all strength is directed at the fighter force. Beyond this is a sizeable (45%) commitment to rotorcraft (which includes the AH-64D 'Apache' attack helicopter) and training (12%) covering basic- and fighter-training levels. The transport force (4%) is a relatively small collection of Lockheed C-130 'Hercules' tactical platforms alongside a pair of Do 228 utility types and the Gulfstream IV for VIP service. The Cold War-era DC-10 'Extender' is kept on hand through two working examples (making up 1% of all strength) for aerial refueling purposes. On-order systems include F-35A strike fighters and CH-47F tandem rotor transport helicopters.
September 2019 - A boost in defense spending for 2020 has allowed the service to procure an additional nine F-35 strike fighters (added below).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.
87 Total available aircraft assuming a Below Average Readiness Rate of 50%.
121 Total available aircraft assuming an Average Readiness Rate of 70%.
130 Total available aircraft assuming an Above Average Readiness Rate of 75%.
138 Total available aircraft assuming an Excellent Readiness Rate of 80%.