Yemen and its military services - including its air force - has been beset with difficulties since the start of the 2015 Civil War.
POWER INDEX SCORE
(Ranked 53 of 53)
The Yemen Arab Republic Air Force is built largely around a capable fighter force that features a mix of old and new by way of multirole and specialized types. On the whole, the fleet is aging but still quite capable by regional standards. The fighter force makes up 56% of all strength. Backing this is a 29% commitment to a rotorcraft force that showcases Soviet-era transport-gunship types like the Mi-17 and Mi-24. Beyond this is a collection of American helicopters from Bell and a few specialized forms like the Ka-32 and Mi-14. The transport arm makes up 4% of all strength and is embodied by the Cold War-era An-26 tactical platform. The training arm makes use of the proven Czech-originated Aero L-39 'Albatros' for advanced-level training and a pair of Northrop F-5B models for fighter training. Beyond this are a pair of Cessna 208 uttility types configured for the reconnaissance/surveillance role. No systems are on order for 2019.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.
106 Total available aircraft assuming a Below Average Readiness Rate of 50%.
148 Total available aircraft assuming an Average Readiness Rate of 70%.
158 Total available aircraft assuming an Above Average Readiness Rate of 75%.
169 Total available aircraft assuming an Excellent Readiness Rate of 80%.