Ranking of total strength of Special-Mission Aircraft fleets by operating national power.
Special Mission Aircraft are those platforms specifically developed to undertake an over-battlefield role by utilization of advanced onboard equipment or specialized trait. Examples include Airborne Early Warning (AEW), Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA), and Electronic Warfare (EW) platforms. As of 2021, Tanker Fleets are not considered in this total and are given their own listing elsewhere on this site.
Data presented on this list is through 2021. Estimates are made when official data is not available.
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