The Norwegian Air Force is undergoing a period of needed modernization, introducing the promising Lockheed Martin F-35 5th Generation strike fighter among others.
POWER INDEX SCORE
(Ranked 38 of 53)
To keep pace with potential regional threats, the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNAF) is undergoing a modernization that mainly involves boosting its combat and rotorcraft forces. Currently, the fighter fleet, making up 41% of all inventory, is led by the venerable Lockheed F-16A 'Fighting Falcon' but a growing number of the new Lockheed F-35A 'Lighting II' 5th Generation strike fighters are finding their way into service to bolster combat capabilities (a totla of 52 F-35As are planned). The aforementioned helicopter force (28%) consists of the Bell 412 backed by the aging Sea King. However, there is optimism to be had with additional NHIndustires NH90 and AW101 series helicopters slated to come online in the near future (the latter set to succeed the Sea King line in service). Special-mission prowess is also to be addressed with the procurement of the new Boeing P-8 'Poseidon' Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) succeeding an aging lot of Lockheed P-3 'Orions' by 2021. The four-strong transport force comprised of C-130J 'Super Hercules' will increase by one. Beyond this is a training arm (accounting for 23% of all strength) left untouched for the interim - the group consisting of the MFI-15, F-16, and F-35 to cover basic and advanced training needs.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.
71 Total available aircraft assuming a Below Average Readiness Rate of 50%.
99 Total available aircraft assuming an Average Readiness Rate of 70%.
106 Total available aircraft assuming an Above Average Readiness Rate of 75%.
113 Total available aircraft assuming an Excellent Readiness Rate of 80%.