The Ukrainian Air Force is currently being pushed to the limit with its ongoing war against neighboring Russia.
POWER INDEX SCORE
(Ranked 29 of 53)
With its ongoing war against Russia in the East, the inventory of the Ukrainian Air Force is thinning with each passing year. The Crimean Crisis, which began in 2014, may have claimed as many as nineteen Ukrainian jets in the first year of fighting alone and this includes ultra-important types such as the Su-27, MiG-29, Su-25, and Il-76. Current fighter strength makes up 35% of all inventory supported by a dozen or so Su-25 'Grach' CAS systems. The rotorcraft force is modest, accounting for 10% of all strength, and led by the venerable Mil Mi-8 'Hip' transport which can be equipped to serve as a gunship platform. Fixed-wing transports are Soviet-era in nature with the newer An-70 still set to come online in useful numbers. The training force accounts for 30% of all aircraft but includes no helicopter trainers, basic trainers, nor flight trainers. However, Advanced Jet Training and fighter training are covered by the Czech L-39 and Soviet Su-27, respectively. The special-mission force are three Antonov An-30 reconnaissance types.
The outlook of the service is stable-to-poor, with losses in its war mounting, and few solutions on-order for the foreseeable future.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.
88 Total available aircraft assuming a Below Average Readiness Rate of 50%.
123 Total available aircraft assuming an Average Readiness Rate of 70%.
131 Total available aircraft assuming an Above Average Readiness Rate of 75%.
140 Total available aircraft assuming an Excellent Readiness Rate of 80%.