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United Arab Emirates Air Force (2024)


Current Active Inventory: 335 Aircraft


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The following represents an overview of the modern aerial fighting capabilities of the United Arab Emirates Air Force (2024). The service currently counts 335 total units in its active aircraft inventory. The WDMMA review takes into account specific categories of aircraft covering attack, logistics, special-mission, and general support types. Inventory numbers and related aircraft types / variants are provided as-is and derived from publically-available information / sources. "Outlook" results are related to any future airframes currently under procurement though said airframes may not be delivered for service in the current year for various reasons. "Readiness Rates" are based on the published USAF standard. Due to discrepancies regarding UAV reporting between countries and sources, unmanned vehicles are currently not tracked by WDMMA.

Updated: 02/22/2023 | © www.WDMMA.org


Total Aircraft: 335

168
Aircraft at 50.0% Readiness Rate
235
Aircraft at 70.0% Readiness Rate
251
Aircraft at 75.0% Readiness Rate
268
Aircraft at 80.0% Readiness Rate
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TvR
33.1
TrueValue Rating assesses air service current strengths/weaknesses matched against top performer USAF (242.9).
Global Rank
32 /103
Global Rank as compared to national powers of WDMMA. 103 total air services from 103 nations are tracked. View Current Ranks.
Force Concentration

Attack: 119 units
Support: 59 units
Training: 157 units
Future: 171 units

Material Suppliers (Past and Present)

Primary (2)

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Secondary (8)

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Fighters (99)


Airframes detailed as fighter, interceptor, or general attack types including multi-role though excluding dedicated bombers and CAS.

OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
55
F-16E
Multirole
44
M2000/EAD/RAD
Multirole

Total Units: 99 (30%)




Close-Air Support (20)


Airframes utilized in the direct-attack role; typically featuring extended loitering and excellent low-and-slow capabilities.

OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
20
AT-802I
Close-Air Support

Total Units: 20 (6%)




Helicopters (15)


Airframes detailed as manned rotary-wing platforms used in the transport, special-mission, or direct-attack roles.

OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
8
AW139
Utility/VIP
4
Bell 412
Medium Utility
2
H125M
Light Utility/Scout
1
Bell 407
Light Utility

Total Units: 15 (4%)




Transports (32)


Airframes used in the dedicated hauler role, serving either military or high-government personnel or in supply / cargo delivery.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
9
CN-235
Tactical
8
C-17
Strategic/Tactical
8
C-130H/L-100
Tactical
2
King Air 350
Utility
2
P.180
VIP
1
DHC-6
Utility
1
Kodiak 100
Light Utility
1
P-750
Light Utility

Total Units: 32 (10%)




Trainers (157)


Airframes reserved for dedicated Basic, Advanced, Flight, and Helicopter airman training.

OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
31
PC-7
Basic Trainer
25
PC-21
Advanced Trainer
21
F-16F
Fighter Trainer
15
M2000-9D/DAD
Fighter Trainer
13
Bell 407
Helicopter Trainer
12
G115
Flight Trainer
12
Hawk 102
Advanced Jet Trainer
12
MB.339
Advanced Jet Trainer
12
Bell 505
Helicopter Trainer
3
King Air 90
Flight Trainer
1
H125M
Helicopter Trainer

Total Units: 157 (47%)




Aerial Tankers / Refuelers (3)


Airframes modified for the purpose of aerial fuel delivery to support allied aircraft / operations.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
3
KC-30A
Aerial Refueling

Total Units: 3 (1%)




Special-Mission (9)


Airframes modified for Special-Mission roles - typically these are dedicated, role-specific types.

OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
3
GlobalEye
Airborne Early Warning
2
Global 6000
Reconnaissance
2
MPA-08
Maritime Patrol
2
Challenger 650
Maritime Patrol

Total Units: 9 (3%)




On Order (171)


Aircraft set to be delivered in the current procurement year or in subsequent year(s).

80
Rafale
Multirole
48
L-15
Advanced Jet Trainer
24
B-250
Close-Air Support
12
H225M
Medium-Lift
5
CN-295
Transport
2
GlobalEye
Airborne Early Warning

Total Units: 171




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