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Vietnamese People's Air Force

Total Aircraft: 275

Active Aircraft Inventory (2020)

FIGHTERS
HELICOPTERS
TRANSPORTS
TRAINERS
SPECIAL MISSION
ON-ORDER
The Vietnamese People's Air Force fields a mix equipment for various roles, all originating from foreign sources such as Russia and Europe.



POWER INDEX SCORE

21.2

(Ranked 39 of 53)
*See Notes
The fighter force makes up roughly 27% of all strength in the Vietnamese People's Air Force with the centerpiece being the powerful Sukhoi Su-30 multirole fighter. This is backed by an equal number of aging Sukhoi su-22 fighter-bombers while nearly a dozen Su-27s are kept on hand to further strengthen ranks.

The service has a pronounced focus on its rotorcraft force which makes up 47% of all strength. In-inventory are usual types associated with a long-running history with the Soviet Union (Russia) - the Mil Mi-8/17 'Hip' and Mi-24 'Hind' series, the former fulfilling transport/gunship duties and the latter utilized as a gunship/transport. Beyond this is a collection of 15 UH-1H 'Huey' utility helos confiscated from the South Vietnamese Air Force following the end of the Vietnam War (1975). These add a utility capability as do the pair of Kamov Ka032 platforms.

The transport fleet is made up of tactical and utility types that include the An-26 in number and C-295 and NC212i in lesser quantities. The training force receives an 11% commitment and the group is formed by 28 Aero L-39 advanced jet trainers to go along with a single Cabri G2 light helicopter. Special-mission aircraft amount to a single PZL M28 reserved for the Maritime Patorl Role.
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
138
Total available aircraft assuming a Below Average Readiness Rate of 50%.
193
Total available aircraft assuming an Average Readiness Rate of 70%.
206
Total available aircraft assuming an Above Average Readiness Rate of 75%.
220
Total available aircraft assuming an Excellent Readiness Rate of 80%.


Fighters
Total: 81 (29%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
35
Su-30
Multirole
35
Su-22
Fighter-Bomber
11
Su-27P/SK/UBK
Multirole




Helicopters
Total: 129 (47%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
87
Mi-8MT/17
Transport
25
Mi-24
Gunship/Transport
15
UH-1H
Utility
2
Ka-32
Utility




Transports
Total: 35 (13%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
30
An-26
Tactical
3
C-295
Tactical
2
NC212i
Utility




Trainers
Total: 29 (11%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
28
L-39
Advanced Jet Trainer
1
Cabri G2
Helicopter Trainer




Special
Total: 1 (0%)
OUTLOOK
STABLE
1
M28
Maritime Patrol




On-Order
Total: 1
1
NC212i
Transport
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)