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Special-Mission Aircraft Fleet Strength by Country (2024)



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Ranking total special-mission aircraft fleet strength by country, from highest to lowest.



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 2024.
Photograph of a USAF AWACS special-mission jet aircraft.
Special Mission Fleets (TOP 5)
1
United States
USA
695
2
Japan
JPN
145
3
Russia
RUS
145
4
China
CHN
112
5
India
IND
70
6
France
FRA
44
7
Germany
GER
37
8
South Korea
SKO
33
9
Australia
AUS
32
10
Italy
ITA
28
11
Colombia
COL
27
12
Canada
CAN
26
13
United Kingdom
UKD
26
14
Mexico
MEX
25
15
Pakistan
PAK
25
16
United Arab Emirates
UAE
25
17
Brazil
BRA
24
18
Israel
ISR
23
19
Turkiye
TKY
22
20
Chile
CHI
21
21
Thailand
THL
20
22
Taiwan
TWN
18
23
Indonesia
INO
17
24
Iraq
IRQ
17
25
Saudi Arabia
SAR
15
26
Spain
SPN
13
27
Argentina
ARG
12
28
Peru
PER
12
29
Egypt
EGY
11
30
Jordan
JOR
11
31
Algeria
ALG
10
32
Iran
IRN
10
33
Portugal
POR
10
34
Nigeria
NGA
9
35
Poland
POL
9
36
Singapore
SNG
9
37
Ecuador
ECU
8
38
Greece
GRE
8
39
Philippines
PHL
8
40
Malaysia
MLY
7
41
New Zealand
NWZ
6
42
South Africa
SAF
6
43
Ireland
IRE
5
44
Myanmar
MYA
5
45
Norway
NOR
5
46
Sweden
SWE
5
47
Uruguay
URU
5
48
Bangladesh
BNG
4
49
Morocco
MOR
4
50
Oman
OMA
4
51
Denmark
DEN
3
52
Sri Lanka
SRL
3
53
Switzerland
SWZ
3
54
Ukraine
UKR
3
55
Venezuela
VEN
3
56
Vietnam
VET
3
57
Angola
ANG
2
58
Cameroon
CAM
2
59
Chad
CHD
2
60
Czechia
CZC
2
61
Ghana
GHA
2
62
Kenya
KEN
2
63
Mauritania
MAU
2
64
Niger
NGR
2
65
Romania
ROM
2
66
Syria
SYR
2
67
Yemen
YEM
2
68
Beliz
BLZ
1
69
Burkina Faso
BKF
1
70
Dominican Republic
DOM
1
71
Finland
FIN
1
72
Honduras
HON
1
73
Ivory Coast
IVC
1
74
Mali
MAL
1
75
Mozambique
MOZ
1
76
Paraguay
PAR
1
77
Senegal
SEN
1
78
Slovakia
SLK
1
79
Afghanistan
AFG
0
80
Albania
ALB
0
81
Armenia
ARM
0
82
Austria
AST
0
83
Azerbaijan
AZR
0
84
Bahrain
BAH
0
85
Belarus
BLR
0
86
Belgium
BEL
0
87
Benin
BEN
0
88
Bhutan
BUT
0
89
Bolivia
BOL
0
90
Bosnia and Herzegovina
BOS
0
91
Botswana
BOT
0
92
Bulgaria
BUL
0
93
Cambodia
CMB
0
94
Central African Republic
CAR
0
95
Croatia
CRO
0
96
Cuba
CUB
0
97
Democratic Republic of the Congo
DRC
0
98
El Salvador
ESL
0
99
Eritrea
ERI
0
100
Estonia
EST
0
101
Ethiopia
ETH
0
102
Gabon
GAB
0
103
Georgia
GEO
0
104
Guatemala
GUA
0
105
Hungary
HUN
0
106
Iceland
ICE
0
107
Kazakhstan
KAZ
0
108
Kosovo
KOS
0
109
Kuwait
KUW
0
110
Kyrgyzstan
KYR
0
111
Laos
LAO
0
112
Latvia
LAT
0
113
Lebanon
LEB
0
114
Liberia
LIB
0
115
Libya
LBY
0
116
Lithuania
LIT
0
117
Luxembourg
LUX
0
118
Madagascar
MAD
0
119
Moldova
MOL
0
120
Mongolia
MGL
0
121
Montenegro
MTN
0
122
Namibia
NAM
0
123
Nepal
NEP
0
124
Netherlands
NTH
0
125
Nicaragua
NIC
0
126
North Korea
NKO
0
127
North Macedonia
MAC
0
128
Panama
PAN
0
129
Qatar
QTR
0
130
Republic of the Congo
ROC
0
131
Serbia
SRB
0
132
Sierra Leone
SLE
0
133
Slovenia
SLN
0
134
Somalia
SOM
0
135
South Sudan
SSD
0
136
Sudan
SDN
0
137
Suriname
SRN
0
138
Tajikistan
TJK
0
139
Tanzania
TNZ
0
140
Tunisia
TUN
0
141
Turkmenistan
TKM
0
142
Uganda
UGA
0
143
Uzbekistan
UZB
0
144
Zambia
ZAM
0
145
Zimbabwe
ZIM
0

Top Visiting Countries (July, 2024)

Flag of United States
34.5%
Flag of Portugal
23.0%
Flag of United Kingdom
10.7%
Flag of Indonesia
9.5%
Flag of India
8.0%
Flag of Philippines
7.3%
Flag of Canada
7.0%
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