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Royal Norwegian Air Force

Total Aircraft: 141

Active Aircraft Inventory (2020)

FIGHTERS
HELICOPTERS
TRANSPORTS
TRAINERS
SPECIAL MISSION
ON-ORDER
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

23.5

(Ranked 38 of 53)
*See Notes
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.
Inventory Breakdown
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%.


Fighters
Total: 58 (41%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
46
F-16A
Multirole
12
F-35A
Strike




Helicopters
Total: 39 (28%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
18
Model 412
Utility
12
Sea King Mk.43
Search and Rescue
6
NH90
Multirole
3
AW101
Search and Rescue




Transports
Total: 4 (3%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
4
C-130J
Tactical




Trainers
Total: 32 (23%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
16
MFI-15
Basic Trainer
9
F-16B
Fighter Trainer
7
F-35A
Strike Trainer




Special
Total: 8 (6%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
6
P-3C/N 20
Maritime Patrol
2
Falcon 20
Electronic Warfare




On-Order
Total: 59
33
F-35A
Strike
12
AW101
Utility
8
NH90
Multirole
5
P-8A
Maritime Patrol
1
C-130J
Tactical
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)