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United Arab Emirates Air Force (2020)


Current Active Inventory: 327 Aircraft


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The following represents an overview of the modern aerial fighting capabilities of the United Arab Emirates Air Force (2020). The service currently counts 327 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.


Total Aircraft: 327
164 / 327
Total available aircraft assuming a Below Average Readiness Rate of 50.0%.
229 / 327
Total available aircraft assuming an Average Readiness Rate of 70.0%.
245 / 327
Total available aircraft assuming an Above Average Readiness Rate of 75.0%.
262 / 327
Total available aircraft assuming an Excellent Readiness Rate of 80.0%.
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TvR:
33.1
TvR is this air service's TrueValue Rating. The value is formulated by way of assessing an air service's current strengths and weaknesses. All are matched against the top-most performer, this being the USAF which yields a TvR of 242.9.
Global Rank:
31/99
This air service's Global Rank when compared to the rest of the national powers of WDMMA. A total of 99 air services from 73 nations are currently tracked. View the current ranking.
FORCE CONCENTRATION:
Attack: 128 units
Support: 53 units
Training: 146 units
Future: 19 units

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Fighters (98)


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

OUTLOOK
STABLE
55
F-16E
Multirole
43
M2000/EAD/RAD
Multirole

Total Units: 98 (30%)




Close-Air Support (30)


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

OUTLOOK
STABLE
24
S2R Archangel
Close-Air Support
6
AT-802I
Close-Air Support

Total Units: 30 (9%)




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
Utility/SAR
1
Bell 407
Light Utility
1
H125M
Light Utility/Scout
1
UH-60M
Multi-Mission

Total Units: 15 (5%)




Transports (31)


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

OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
8
C-17
Strategic/Tactical
8
C-130H/L-100
Tactical
6
CN-235
Tactical
2
Kign Air 350
Utility
2
P.180
VIP
1
Cessna 208
Utility
1
DHC-6
Utility
1
Kodiak 100
Light Utility
1
P-750
Light Utility
1
Saab 340
Utility

Total Units: 31 (9%)




Trainers (146)


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

OUTLOOK
STABLE
31
PC-7
Basic Trainer
25
PC-21
Advanced Trainer
22
F-16F
Fighter Trainer
14
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
3
King Air 90
Flight Trainer
1
GA8
Flight Trainer
1
H125M
Helicopter Trainer

Total Units: 146 (45%)




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 (4)


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

OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
2
MPA-08
Maritime Patrol
2
Saab 340
Airborne Early Warning

Total Units: 4 (1%)




On Order (19)


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

9
AH-64D
Attack
5
CN-295
Tactical
3
GlobalEye
Airborne Early Warning
2
GlobalEye
Reconnaissance

Total Units: 19


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