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Tanker Fleet Aircraft Strength by Country (2021)



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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, onyl 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 2021. Estimates are made when official data is not available.
Photograph of a USAF F-35 being refueled by a KC-135 aerial tanker aircraft.
1
United States
USA
625
2
Saudi Arabia
SAR
35
3
France
FRA
23
4
Russia
RUS
19
5
Israel
ISR
11
6
Italy
ITA
10
7
Singapore
SIN
10
8
Spain
SPA
9
9
United Kingdom
UKD
9
10
Germany
GER
7
11
Turkey
TUR
7
12
Australia
AUS
6
13
Canada
CAN
6
14
India
IND
6
15
Iran
IRN
6
16
Japan
JPN
6
17
Chile
CHI
5
18
Malaysia
MLY
4
19
Pakistan
PAK
4
20
South Korea
SKO
4
21
Algeria
ALG
3
22
China
CHN
3
23
Kuwait
KUW
3
24
United Arab Emirates
UAE
3
25
Argentina
ARG
2
26
Brazil
BRA
2
27
Morocco
MOR
2
28
Colombia
COL
1
29
Indonesia
INO
1
30
Netherlands
NET
1
31
Sweden
SWE
1
32
Venezuela
VEN
1
33
Afghanistan
AFG
0
34
Albania
ALB
0
35
Angola
ANG
0
36
Armenia
ARM
0
37
Austria
AST
0
38
Azerbaijan
AZR
0
39
Bahrain
BAH
0
40
Bangladesh
BAN
0
41
Belarus
BLR
0
42
Belgium
BEL
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
Ghana
GHA
0
69
Greece
GRE
0
70
Guatemala
GUA
0
71
Honduras
HON
0
72
Hungary
HUN
0
73
Iraq
IRQ
0
74
Ireland
IRE
0
75
Ivory Coast
IVC
0
76
Jordan
JOR
0
77
Kazakhstan
KAZ
0
78
Kenya
KEN
0
79
Kosovo
KOS
0
80
Kyrgyzstan
KYR
0
81
Laos
LAO
0
82
Latvia
LAT
0
83
Lebanon
LEB
0
84
Liberia
LIB
0
85
Libya
LBY
0
86
Lithuania
LIT
0
87
Madagascar
MAD
0
88
Mali
MAL
0
89
Mauritania
MAU
0
90
Mexico
MEX
0
91
Moldova
MOL
0
92
Mongolia
MON
0
93
Montenegro
MTN
0
94
Mozambique
MOZ
0
95
Myanmar
MYA
0
96
Namibia
NAM
0
97
Nepal
NEP
0
98
New Zealand
NWZ
0
99
Nicaragua
NIC
0
100
Niger
NGR
0
101
Nigeria
NGA
0
102
North Korea
NKO
0
103
North Macedonia
MAC
0
104
Norway
NOR
0
105
Oman
OMA
0
106
Panama
PAN
0
107
Paraguay
PAR
0
108
Peru
PER
0
109
Philippines
PHI
0
110
Poland
POL
0
111
Portugal
POR
0
112
Qatar
QTR
0
113
Republic of the Congo
ROC
0
114
Romania
ROM
0
115
Serbia
SER
0
116
Sierra Leone
SIE
0
117
Slovakia
SLK
0
118
Slovenia
SLV
0
119
Somalia
SOM
0
120
South Africa
SAF
0
121
South Sudan
SSU
0
122
Sri Lanka
SRL
0
123
Sudan
SUD
0
124
Suriname
SUR
0
125
Switzerland
SWI
0
126
Syria
SYR
0
127
Taiwan
TAI
0
128
Tajikistan
TAJ
0
129
Tanzania
TAN
0
130
Thailand
THA
0
131
Tunisia
TUN
0
132
Turkmenistan
TKM
0
133
Uganda
UGA
0
134
Ukraine
UKR
0
135
Uruguay
URU
0
136
Uzbekistan
UZB
0
137
Vietnam
VTN
0
138
Yemen
YEM
0
139
Zambia
ZAM
0
140
Zimbabwe
ZIM
0

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