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United States Army Aviation

Total Aircraft: 4,397

Active Aircraft Inventory (2020)

FIGHTERS
HELICOPTERS
TRANSPORTS
TRAINERS
SPECIAL MISSION
ON-ORDER
The United States Army, while lacking fixed-wing combat assets, makes due with an impressive collection of rotor-wing aircraft.



POWER INDEX SCORE

112.6

(Ranked 4 of 53)
*See Notes
With the USAF's hold on the fixed-wing market concerning the American military, the United States Army aviation arm relies heavily on a rotorcraft force which makes up to 88% of total inventory. The fleet is led by the venerable Sikorsky S-70 'Black Hawk' helicopter series embodied by such types as the UH-60, MH-60, and others. Beyond this is a massive commitment to direct-attack through the Boeing AH-64 'Apache' helicopter available in both D- and E-model forms. Heavy transport is provided for by the tandem-rotor CH-47 and MF-47 'Chinook' types and the UH-72 'Lakota', appearing in ever-increasing numbers, adds a light utility function. Beyond all this is a force of AH/-MH-6 light scout helicopters and the classic Huey-based UH-1H - both can be configured for attack roles to varying degrees.

The transport force is limited to modest fixed-wing types that are turboprop-powered in nature. Trainers run the gamut of helicopter forms from the Bell 206 to the UH-72. Additionally, fixed-wing offerings are kept on hand to cover basic flight training. Special-mission aircraft cover a few of the expected over-battlefield support roles including reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare (EW).

On-order are additional S-70, UH-72, CH-47, AH-64, and Bell 412 helicopters along with a healthy dose of AH-64 attack helicopter models.
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
2,199
Total available aircraft assuming a Below Average Readiness Rate of 50%.
3,078
Total available aircraft assuming an Average Readiness Rate of 70%.
3,298
Total available aircraft assuming an Above Average Readiness Rate of 75%.
3,518
Total available aircraft assuming an Excellent Readiness Rate of 80%.


Helicopters
Total: 3,874 (88%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
2,086
UH-60/HH
Multirole
801
AH-64D/E
Attack
442
CH-47D/F/F+
Transport
348
UH-72A
Utility
61
MF-47D/E/G
Multirole
58
MH-60K/L
Multirole
47
AH/MH-6M
Light Scout
31
UH-1H
Multirole




Transports
Total: 156 (4%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
95
C-12
Utility
28
UC-35A/B
Utility
12
C-26E/RC-26D
Utility
7
C-27J
Tactical
5
C-41A
Utility
5
UV-18
Utility
3
C-12J
Utility
1
C-20H/C-37A/B
Business Jet




Trainers
Total: 192 (4%)
OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
98
TH-67A
Helicopter Trainer
71
UH-72A
Helicopter Trainer
11
King Air 100/200
Flight Trainer
6
G120TP
Flight Trainer
4
T-6D
Basic Trainer
1
DHC-7
Flight Trainer
1
Mi-24
Helicopter Trainer




Special
Total: 175 (4%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
93
MC-12
Reconnaissance
64
EH-60A
Electronic Warfare
11
Dash 8-315
Reconnaissance
7
EO-5C/RC-7
Reconnaissance




On-Order
Total: 643
447
UH-60
Multirole
74
MH-6M
Light Scout
52
UH-72A
Utility
34
CH-47F+
Transport
32
AH-64E
Attack
4
Bell 412
Utility
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)