Special Report

The 25 Largest Air Forces in the World

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25. Thailand
> Active fleet: 469 aircraft (0.9% of global fleet)
> Most common aircraft: F-16A combat aircraft (7.9% of fleet)
> Military expenditure, 2020: $7.3 billion (0.4% of world spending)

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24. Mexico
> Active fleet: 469 aircraft (0.9% of global fleet)
> Most common aircraft: T-6C+ training aircraft (14.7% of fleet)
> Military expenditure, 2020: $6.1 billion (0.3% of world spending)

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23. Spain
> Active fleet: 503 aircraft (0.9% of global fleet)
> Most common aircraft: EF-18M/F/A-18A combat aircraft (14.3% of fleet)
> Military expenditure, 2020: $17.4 billion (0.9% of world spending)

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22. Iran
> Active fleet: 543 aircraft (1.0% of global fleet)
> Most common aircraft: F-4D/E/RF-4E combat aircraft (11.6% of fleet)
> Military expenditure, 2020: $15.8 billion (0.8% of world spending)

21. Algeria
> Active fleet: 552 aircraft (1.0% of global fleet)
> Most common aircraft: Mi-8/17/171 combat helicopter (25.0% of fleet)
> Military expenditure, 2020: $9.7 billion (0.5% of world spending)

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