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Royal Saudi Air Force

Total Aircraft: 702

Active Aircraft Inventory (2020)

FIGHTERS
HELICOPTERS
TRANSPORTS
TRAINERS
SPECIAL MISSION
ON-ORDER
The Royal Saudi Air Force depends heavily on foreign purchases of military goods - including fighter aircraft from the United States and elsewhere.



POWER INDEX SCORE

46.4

(Ranked 19 of 53)
*See Notes
The modern Royal Sauadi Air Force (RSAF) has up to 700 aircraft in its active inventory and maintains one of the largest aerial fighting forces in the Middle East Region. Its fighter stock is impressive, accounting for 54% of all inventory, and involves the American-made F-15C 'Eagle' air superiority fighter as well as its dual-role counterpart, the F-15E 'Strike Eagle' (F-15S/SA) in number. The service has addressed a gap in capability by the relatviely recent acquisition of the powerful Eurofighter Typhoon multirole fighter and continues use of another European creation, the swing-wing PANAVIA 'Tornado', in its InterDiction Strike (IDS) form.

Beyond this is a 10% commitment to the rotorcraft force (made up largely of American types), 7% dedicated to transportation (again, American types dominate the category), and 3% to aerial refueling. The special mission force constitutes just 1% of all inventory and is centered on Airborne Early Warning (AEW) and reconnaissance types.

The RSAF training arm receives a fair share of attention as it makes up 27% of all fighting strength. The group includes flight, basic, advanced, and fighter trainer types intended to bring future airmen along. This balance is required due to the broad range of aircraft currently supported by the Kingdom. On-order remains additional Strike Eagle fighters, advanced trainers, and a strong collection of transports - though the Saudi-Ukraine connection has been ebbing as of late, placing the Antonov aircraft commitment in some jeopardy. Nevertheless, the strong military relationship with the current leadership of the United States ensures that the Kingdom will continue to have access to modern hardware.
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
351
Total available aircraft assuming a Below Average Readiness Rate of 50%.
491
Total available aircraft assuming an Average Readiness Rate of 70%.
527
Total available aircraft assuming an Above Average Readiness Rate of 75%.
562
Total available aircraft assuming an Excellent Readiness Rate of 80%.


Fighters
Total: 380 (54%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
167
F-15S/SA
Strike Fighter
81
Tornado IDS
Strike Fighter
72
Typhoon
Multirole
60
F-15C
Air Superiority




Helicopters
Total: 53 (8%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
24
Bell 212
Utility
16
Bell 412
Utility
11
H215M (AS332)
Search and Rescue
2
UH-60L
Medium-Lift




Transports
Total: 49 (7%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
33
C-130H
Tactical
10
King Air 350
Utility
4
Citation Bravo
Business Jet
1
Gulfstream IV
Business Jet
1
Jetstream 31
VIP




Trainers
Total: 188 (27%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
67
Hawk 65/A
Advanced Jet Trainer
55
PC-21
Flight Trainer
25
SR22
Flight Trainer
21
F-15D
Fighter Trainer
20
MFI-395
Flight Trainer




Tankers
Total: 22 (3%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
7
KC-130H
Aerial Refueling
7
KE-3A
Aerial Refueling
6
A330 (MRTT)
Aerial Refueling
2
KC-130J
Aerial Refueling




Special
Total: 10 (1%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
5
E-3A
Airborne Early Warning
2
King Air 350
SIGINT/ELINT
2
Saab 2000
Airborne Early Warning
1
RE-3A
Reconnaissance




On-Order
Total: 106
30
An-178
Transport
25
F-15S/SA
Strike Fighter
22
Hawk 65/A
Advanced Jet Trainer
20
C-130J
Tactical
6
An-132
Light Transport
3
KC-130J
Aerial Refueling
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)