Special Report

The 25 Largest Air Forces in the World

15. United Kingdom
> Active fleet: 693 aircraft (1.3% of global fleet)
> Most common aircraft: Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft (17.2% of fleet)
> Military expenditure, 2020: $59.2 billion (3.1% of world spending)

14. Taiwan
> Active fleet: 742 aircraft (1.4% of global fleet)
> Most common aircraft: F-16A/V combat aircraft (15.1% of fleet)
> Military expenditure, 2020: $12.2 billion (0.6% of world spending)

13. Italy
> Active fleet: 864 aircraft (1.6% of global fleet)
> Most common aircraft: Eurofighter combat aircraft (10.6% of fleet)
> Military expenditure, 2020: $28.9 billion (1.5% of world spending)

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12. Saudi Arabia
> Active fleet: 897 aircraft (1.7% of global fleet)
> Most common aircraft: F-15C/S/SA combat aircraft (23.5% of fleet)
> Military expenditure, 2020: $57.5 billion (3.0% of world spending)

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11. North Korea
> Active fleet: 946 aircraft (1.8% of global fleet)
> Most common aircraft: FT-5 training aircraft (14.3% of fleet)
> Military expenditure, 2020: $1.6 billion (0.1% of world spending)

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