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Spanish Air Force

Total Aircraft: 369

Active Aircraft Inventory (2020)

FIGHTERS
HELICOPTERS
TRANSPORTS
TRAINERS
SPECIAL MISSION
ON-ORDER
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

50.3

(Ranked 16 of 53)
*See Notes
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.
Inventory Breakdown
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%.


Fighters
Total: 136 (37%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
72
EF-18A
Multirole
64
EF2000
Multirole




Helicopters
Total: 15 (4%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
12
H215M
Medium-Lift/SAR
2
S-76
Utility
1
NH90
Medium-Lift




Transports
Total: 43 (12%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
21
C-235/C-295
Tactical
9
C-212
Utility
5
C-130H
Tactical
3
Citation V
Utility/VIP
3
King Air 90
Utility
2
A400M
Strategic/Tactical




Trainers
Total: 151 (41%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
64
C-101
Advanced Jet Trainer
35
T-35
Basic Trainer
19
F-5M
Fighter Trainer
15
H120
Helicopter Trainer
12
EF-18BM
Fighter Trainer
6
S-76
Helicopter Trainer




Tankers
Total: 6 (2%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
5
KC-130H
Aerial Refueling
1
A400M
Aerial Refueling




Special
Total: 18 (5%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
8
CN-235
Maritime Patrol
4
C-212
Maritime Patrol
3
P-3M
Maritime Patrol/ASW
2
Falcon 20
Electronic Warfare
1
C-212
Electronic Warfare




On-Order
Total: 33
24
A400M
Strategic/Tactical
5
NH90
Medium-Lift
4
EF2000
Multirole
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)