The Turksih Air Force currently relies on Cold War-era performers to fulfill vital roles - and its partnership in the F-35 fighter program is in danger.
POWER INDEX SCORE
(Ranked 22 of 53)
The Turkish Air Force is a modern fighting force of relatively large size. Strength is balanced across the various types needed to wage a successful air campaign against potential regional foes, to train future generations of airmen, and support existing actions as needed. Some modernization is being see across various categories which will reinforce fighting strength into the next decade. More and more indigenous solutions are also being sought.
The fighter fleet accounts for 33% of all strength and is made up of the more advanced forms of the Lockheed F-16 'Fighting Falcon' lightweight multirole fighter as well as the Cold War-era McDonnell Douglas F-4 'Phantom II' fighter-bomber. The service was set to receive nearly 100 of the new 5th Generation Lockheed Martin F-35A strike fighter. However, the future of the Turkish fighter fleet is in jeopardy due to its recent row with the United States over the procurement of Russian advanced S-400 air defense systems (Turkey has been dropped from the F-35 program as a result). Russia has, in turn, offered its latest incarnation of the Su-27 'Flanker' multirole fighter series - the S-35 - as an alternative.
The service has over 40% dedicated to training airmen at the usual levels - combat, flight, advanced, and basic with more platforms (including the indigenous Hurkus-B) on the way. The rotorcraft force accounts for 13% of all inventory and involves the American UH-1H 'Huey' and Airbus Helicopters H215M types with a localized version of the UH-60 'Black Hawk' - the T-70 - set to come online in the near future.
The transport force adds another 12% in aircraft strength and centers on the Spanish CN-235 twin-engine tactical type backed by a useful fleet of C-130 and C-160 aircraft. The Airbus A400M 'Atlas' is coming up to strength in ever-greater numbers as the years roll on.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.
318 Total available aircraft assuming a Below Average Readiness Rate of 50%.
445 Total available aircraft assuming an Average Readiness Rate of 70%.
476 Total available aircraft assuming an Above Average Readiness Rate of 75%.
508 Total available aircraft assuming an Excellent Readiness Rate of 80%.