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Tanker Fleet Strength by Country (2024)



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Ranking total aerial tanker aircraft fleet strength by country, from highest to lowest.



Tanker Fleets became a vital component to projecting and sustaining airpower. Due to specialized training and cost, only a select few national powers are able to field such aircraft fleets with the United States leading the way - by a large margin.

Data presented on this list is through 2024.
Photograph of a USAF F-35 being refueled by a KC-135 aerial tanker aircraft.
Tanker Fleets (TOP 5)
1
United States
USA
606
2
Saudi Arabia
SAR
22
3
Russia
RUS
19
4
France
FRA
17
5
Israel
ISR
14
6
Singapore
SNG
11
7
China
CHN
10
8
United Kingdom
UKD
9
9
Italy
ITA
8
10
Japan
JPN
8
11
Iran
IRN
7
12
Turkiye
TKY
7
13
Australia
AUS
6
14
Canada
CAN
6
15
India
IND
6
16
Algeria
ALG
5
17
Chile
CHI
5
18
Malaysia
MLY
4
19
Pakistan
PAK
4
20
South Korea
SKO
4
21
Kuwait
KUW
3
22
United Arab Emirates
UAE
3
23
Argentina
ARG
2
24
Brazil
BRA
2
25
Morocco
MOR
2
26
Portugal
POR
2
27
Colombia
COL
1
28
Indonesia
INO
1
29
Sweden
SWE
1
30
Venezuela
VEN
1
31
Afghanistan
AFG
0
32
Albania
ALB
0
33
Angola
ANG
0
34
Armenia
ARM
0
35
Austria
AST
0
36
Azerbaijan
AZR
0
37
Bahrain
BAH
0
38
Bangladesh
BNG
0
39
Belarus
BLR
0
40
Belgium
BEL
0
41
Beliz
BLZ
0
42
Benin
BEN
0
43
Bhutan
BUT
0
44
Bolivia
BOL
0
45
Bosnia and Herzegovina
BOS
0
46
Botswana
BOT
0
47
Bulgaria
BUL
0
48
Burkina Faso
BKF
0
49
Cambodia
CMB
0
50
Cameroon
CAM
0
51
Central African Republic
CAR
0
52
Chad
CHD
0
53
Croatia
CRO
0
54
Cuba
CUB
0
55
Czechia
CZC
0
56
Democratic Republic of the Congo
DRC
0
57
Denmark
DEN
0
58
Dominican Republic
DOM
0
59
Ecuador
ECU
0
60
Egypt
EGY
0
61
El Salvador
ESL
0
62
Eritrea
ERI
0
63
Estonia
EST
0
64
Ethiopia
ETH
0
65
Finland
FIN
0
66
Gabon
GAB
0
67
Georgia
GEO
0
68
Germany
GER
0
69
Ghana
GHA
0
70
Greece
GRE
0
71
Guatemala
GUA
0
72
Honduras
HON
0
73
Hungary
HUN
0
74
Iceland
ICE
0
75
Iraq
IRQ
0
76
Ireland
IRE
0
77
Ivory Coast
IVC
0
78
Jordan
JOR
0
79
Kazakhstan
KAZ
0
80
Kenya
KEN
0
81
Kosovo
KOS
0
82
Kyrgyzstan
KYR
0
83
Laos
LAO
0
84
Latvia
LAT
0
85
Lebanon
LEB
0
86
Liberia
LIB
0
87
Libya
LBY
0
88
Lithuania
LIT
0
89
Luxembourg
LUX
0
90
Madagascar
MAD
0
91
Mali
MAL
0
92
Mauritania
MAU
0
93
Mexico
MEX
0
94
Moldova
MOL
0
95
Mongolia
MGL
0
96
Montenegro
MTN
0
97
Mozambique
MOZ
0
98
Myanmar
MYA
0
99
Namibia
NAM
0
100
Nepal
NEP
0
101
Netherlands
NTH
0
102
New Zealand
NWZ
0
103
Nicaragua
NIC
0
104
Niger
NGR
0
105
Nigeria
NGA
0
106
North Korea
NKO
0
107
North Macedonia
MAC
0
108
Norway
NOR
0
109
Oman
OMA
0
110
Panama
PAN
0
111
Paraguay
PAR
0
112
Peru
PER
0
113
Philippines
PHL
0
114
Poland
POL
0
115
Qatar
QTR
0
116
Republic of the Congo
ROC
0
117
Romania
ROM
0
118
Senegal
SEN
0
119
Serbia
SRB
0
120
Sierra Leone
SLE
0
121
Slovakia
SLK
0
122
Slovenia
SLV
0
123
Somalia
SOM
0
124
South Africa
SAF
0
125
South Sudan
SSD
0
126
Spain
SPN
0
127
Sri Lanka
SRL
0
128
Sudan
SDN
0
129
Suriname
SRN
0
130
Switzerland
SWZ
0
131
Syria
SYR
0
132
Taiwan
TWN
0
133
Tajikistan
TJK
0
134
Tanzania
TNZ
0
135
Thailand
THL
0
136
Tunisia
TUN
0
137
Turkmenistan
TKM
0
138
Uganda
UGA
0
139
Ukraine
UKR
0
140
Uruguay
URU
0
141
Uzbekistan
UZB
0
142
Vietnam
VET
0
143
Yemen
YEM
0
144
Zambia
ZAM
0
145
Zimbabwe
ZIM
0

Top Visiting Countries (February, 2024)

Flag of United States
68.3%
Flag of United Kingdom
11.1%
Flag of Canada
6.9%
Flag of Australia
4.4%
Flag of India
4.0%
Flag of Germany
2.8%
Flag of Italy
2.4%
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