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
(Ranked 19 of 53)
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.
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%.