The Spanish Air Force is spearhead by a potent one-two punch in the form of the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet and Eurofighter Typhoon multirole fighters.
POWER INDEX SCORE
(Ranked 16 of 53)
The Spanish Air Force is making strides to strengthen three key areas - fighter, rotorcraft, and fixed-wing transport. The fighter fleet (37%) consists of a near-even mix of American F/A-18 Hornet and Eurofighter Typhoon multirole types with more of the latter set to come online via delivery. The helicopter force, making up some 4% of all strength, is limited in number but capable in its own way through the multi-faceted Airbus Helicopters H215M. The transport fleet lends about 12% of all strength to the force and can move man-and-machine by way of a selection of tactical, strategic, and utility types. The trainer fleet (41%) has been left untouched heading into the year and is stocked with the aging C-101 for advanced jet training and the Chilean-originated T-35 for basic work. Beyond these are fighter trainers and helicopter trainers.
Unlike other air services of equal size, the Spanish Air Force invests in a useful aerial tanker force led by the Lockheed KC-130H Hercules and backed by the Airbus A400M Atlas forms. The special mission force is a mix of patrol and EW platforms to serve distinct needs (complete with a maritime-minded flexibility).
In all, the service has an aging inventory though certain key areas are being addressed at the time of publication. Balance is also one of its strong suits.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.
185 Total available aircraft assuming a Below Average Readiness Rate of 50%.
258 Total available aircraft assuming an Average Readiness Rate of 70%.
277 Total available aircraft assuming an Above Average Readiness Rate of 75%.
295 Total available aircraft assuming an Excellent Readiness Rate of 80%.