Top 10 Strongest Air Force in The World 2016


What Are Top 10 Strongest Air Force in the World

Every country wants to strong-arm as well as an air force. A powerful air force protects the country. Most air forces perform humanitarian mission when needed. There are many air forces in different countries. Here we describe top ten strongest air force 2016-2017 in the world. Before going through in that article you should read about Top 10 Most Fastest Fighter Aircraft’s. The United States Air Force (America) is the strongest air force in the world. It established on 11 September 1947. In the present world, every country has enemies so a strong army, navy and air force is needed to defend their country. How much a country is stable depend on their military and air force. Powerful fighter jets are also a part of the country strongest Air force.

We made this ranking on the base of air force personnel and their aircraft, jet fighters, and helicopters. These air forces equipped with the latest air machinery. Some countries air force prove himself the best in WW-II and many other war operations. But air crafts and army personnel can not decide the strength of any country; it also depends on how much their forces disciplined and how they make their strategies.

These air forces equipped with the latest air machinery. Some countries air force prove himself the best in WW-II and many other war operations. But air crafts and army personnel can not decide the strength of any country; it also depends on how much their forces disciplined and how they make their strategies.

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10. Japan Air Self Defense Force (Japan)

Japan, Air Self-Defense Force Japan air force is also known as JASDF (Aviation Branch Of Japan Self-Defense Force). It was established on 1 July 1954. JASDF is the strongest and sharpest tool that Japan make for their defense in 1954 after WW-II. It forms by joining Imperial Japanese Navy Air Force and Imperial Japanese Army Air Service. They maintain ground and air radar system that warns them the threat early. Their air force contains 50,324 soldiers and 805 total air crafts of which 380 are fighter aircraft and 265 trainer aircraft, 52 transport aircraft,52 helicopters, 26 searches and rescue planes and 17 AEW&C.

Transporters Aircraft – Boeing 767, Boeing 747-400, Kawasaki C-1, Lockheed C-130 Hercules.
Fighters Aircraft – Mitsubishi F-15J, McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, Mitsubishi F-2, Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II.
Trainers Aircraft – Kawasaki T-4, Mitsubishi F-15J, Fuji T-7, Hawker 400.

Japan considers an island nation that surrounded by sea. Air Self-defense is an important arms force of Japanese. It established in 1954. Air Self Defense Force has 791 total aircraft and 45,000 personnel. Their main purpose is defending Japan and supporting their land. Japanese air force consists of more than 500 combat aircraft units.

9. Royal Australian Air Force (Australia)

Australian AirforceRoyal Australian Air Force is world smallest but strongest air force. The headquarter of RAAF is in Canberra. Australian air force has participated in 20th-century conflicts like in WW II. Through struggle to the stars is the motto of RAAF. This strongest air force has 17,7375 personnel and total 275 air crafts 95 are fighter aircraft out of them; Others are 19 patrol planes, 36 transport planes, 106 training aircraft, 6 AEW&C, 4 Drones and 15 air bases.

Fighters Aircraft – Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
Electronic Warfares – Boeing 737 AEW&C
Transports Aircraft – Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules

8. Indian Air Force (India)

Indian Air ForceIndia has the 8th strongest air force in the world. It established on 8 October 1932. Indian Air force is best-equipped air force with 12,7200 personnel and 1500 air crafts. It fought many wars against Pakistan and China. It provides support to Indian army for Kargil war of 1999. Headquarters of Indian air force is in New Delhi. It has 567 fighter aircraft, 288 transport planes, 186 training aircraft, 60 total air bases, 14 special mission air crafts, above 99 drones, 26 attack helicopters and 373 helicopters. The Indian army formed in 1932. After the establishment of Pakistan and India, the Indian air force was known as Royal Indian Force.

Fighter Aircraft – Dassault Mirage 2000, Sukhoi Su-30MKI, Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21, Mikoyan MiG-29, HAL Tejas
Attack Aircraft – SEPECAT Jaguar, IAI Harpy, Mikoyan MiG-27
Transport Planes – Ilyushin Il-76, Boeing C-17 Globemaster III

7. The United Kingdom, Royal Air Force

The United Kingdom, Royal Air ForceIn 1918, When Royal Naval air service and the Royal Flying Corps combined Royal Air Force established. Due to their possession, Royal air force is the largest force. It had 826 aircraft and 40,000 personnel in 2012. Sir Andrew is the Chief of the Royal Air Force. It is also part of British armed force.

RAF( Royal Air Force) is the oldest air force in the world. It was founded on 1 April 1918 and formed by the joining of Royal Flying Crops and Royal Naval Air Services. This air force has played the significant role in British history. RAF is the world sophisticated and more capable air force in the world. The motto is Through Adversity to the Stars. It is known because of strategic bombing and deadly air machines.

The force has a second largest air force in NATO and with 826 air crafts the biggest air force in the European Union.It consists of 37200 regular personnel and 33980 reserve personnel. They have   102 strike aircraft, 120 fighter planes, 41 transport aircraft, 524 trainer aircraft, 21 AEWC, ten drones and 22 air bases, 34 helicopters and 21 surveillance aircraft.

Fighter Aircraft – Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, Eurofighter Typhoon,
Transport Planes – Lockheed TriStar, Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
Attack Aircraft – Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper, Eurofighter Typhoon

6. Turkish Air Force, Turkey

Turkish Air ForceTurkish Air Force founded in 1923 with the Republic of Turkey.Turkey is a military powerhouse, especially in its region. It has over 400,000 personnel and 736 aircraft. This air force operates a large number of F-16 Fighting Falcons.

Turkey has aerial warfare branch of the Turkish Armed Forces known as Turkish air force. It originated in 1911 June by Ottoman Empire. But it does not exist in 1923 with a creation of Republic of Turkey. So it was founded on 31 January 1944. Its headquarter located in Ankara. It started with $160 billion modernization program with the aim of new aircraft and helicopters. Turkish air force has now 60,0000 personnel and 668 air crafts.

Fighter Aircraft –  F-16 Fighting Falcon
Special mission Aircraft – Gulfstream G550, CASA CN -235

5. ARMEE DE I’ AIR French Air Force (France)

French Air ForceFrance air force is known as the world first professional air force due to their defensive tricks, technical achievements, and rules on skies. It was established in 1909 as France air force, and it became independent military arm in 1933. Their air force is appreciated their invention of a series of jet fighters which is successful aircraft in history. They develop a domestic aircraft industry in WW-II era. Their jet fighters have given the excellent performance in the battlefield in Gulf war. They have 47538 personnel and 658 aircraft of which 215 are fighter aircraft, 14 airborne refusing aircraft, 6 AWACS, 6 Drones 158 trainer aircraft, 88 helicopters.

Fighters Aircraft –  Dassault Mirage 2000, Dassault Rafale
Transports Aircraft – Airbus A310, Airbus A400M Atlas

4. Israel Air Force (Israeli)

Israel Air ForceIsrael air force is the world 4th strongest air force, but they use their power in a negative way. It is also known as Air and space arm. It came into existence on 28 May 1948. This air force is famous in history to knock down its opponents due to its strength. It consists of 34000 active soldiers and 55000 reserve personnel and has a significant amount of modern 736 air crafts. It includes 25 striker aircraft, 395 fighter planes, 18 drones, 54 transport planes, 66 trainer aircraft, 138 helicopters and 16 aerial refusing aircraft. They also purchased 25 Avia S-199s from Czechoslovakia and 62 Supermarine Spitfires.

Fighter Aircraft – McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle
Transport planes – Sikorsky S-70, Boeing 707

3. China, People Liberation Army Air Force

china air forceChina air force is also known as People’s Liberation Army air force. It was officially formed on 11 November 1949. China has the largest air force in Asia. It has 398000 active personnel and some deadly air crafts. Russia is the biggest arms suppliers to China after falling of USSR. Today China has the capability to fill any of their enemies. PLAAF has developed 4.5 generation fighters which convert into 5th generation in future. Their air crafts include 360 transport aircraft, 192 striker, 120 bomber, 644 trainer airplanes and 137 helicopters.

Attacker aircraft – JH-7, Q-5.
Fighters aircraft – Su-30MKK, J-811, J-10, J-16, Su-27
Trainer aircraft –  JL-9, L-15
Transport aircraft – Y-7, Y-20, II-76

2. Russian Air Force (Russia)

Russian Air ForceThe Russian air force formed in 1992. This air force suffered from many difficulties in its early years. When Vladimir Putin became president of Russia, he gave a lot of money for the betterment of the force.

Russia has second more strongest air force in the world. It formed in 1991-92 after Soviet Union disintegration.They make it very deadly and strong in a very short time. Russian Air Force has participated in Spanish Civil War and fought against Japan in far east. It is enormous in size almost 148,000 personnel are working in Russian air force. Its headquarter  located in Moscow. Russia air force uses the latest technology in their machines and can cope with any threat. It operated 10,000 aircraft which include 3000 strategic bombers.

4500 fighter planes – MIG-25 Foxbat, MIG -29 Fulcrum
3400 Attach aircraft – Su-25 Frogfoot, Su-24 Fencer, Su-17 Fitter

1.The United States Air Force

Strongest Air ForceUnited States Air Force is the world top air force founded on 18 September 1947. The motto of American air force is No one come close. They have a huge quantity of air crafts and other machinery. It consists of 332854 active personnel, 185522 civilian and 71400 reserve staff and 106700 air guarded personnel. They have an enormous amount of air crafts almost 5484 total recorded from which 1872 fighters aircraft, 28 transport aircraft, 162 bomber planes, 715 transport. 56 airborne command and control aircraft, 86 passenger aircraft, 21 electronic aircraft, three searches and rescue, 1167 trainer aircraft, above 540 drones and 47 surveillance aircraft, 47 tanker aircraft and 218 helicopters.

Their air force is very conscious about the health of their personnel. It has fought many wars. Taking the risk with their air force is dangerous. They were always ready to take action against the enemies.

Fighters aircraft – McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle
Bombers aircraft – Rockwell B-1 Lancer, Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit
Transports aircraft – Lockheed C-130 Hercules

List of  Top 10 Strongest Air Force in The World 2016 – 2017

Sr. No Powerful Air Forces Founded(Year)
1 United States Air Force-America 1947
2 Russian Air Force-Russia 1991-92
3 China Air Force-China 1949
4 Israeli Air Force-Israeli 1948
5 ARMEE DE I’ Air French Air Force-France 1933
6 Turkish Air Force-Turkey 1944
7 Royal Air Force -UK 1918
8 Indian Air Force-India 1932
9 Royal Australian Air Force-UK 1921
10 Japan Air Self Defense (Japan) 1954


We conclude from this article that air force is the backbone of any country. Strongest air force means the strongest country. Every country needs strongest air force which defends it in tough situations. These countries have remarkable air force which makes them unique and strong in the world. They have enough air crafts and fighters planes which warn their enemies to take no risk. However, every country should use their strength in a positive way.