Special Report

The 25 Largest Air Forces in the World

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10. France
> Active fleet: 1,055 aircraft (2.0% of global fleet)
> Most common aircraft: Rafale B/C combat aircraft (9.5% of fleet)
> Military expenditure, 2020: $52.7 billion (2.7% of world spending)

9. Turkey
> Active fleet: 1,057 aircraft (2.0% of global fleet)
> Most common aircraft: F-16C combat aircraft (14.9% of fleet)
> Military expenditure, 2020: $17.7 billion (0.9% of world spending)

8. Egypt
> Active fleet: 1,062 aircraft (2.0% of global fleet)
> Most common aircraft: F-16A/C combat aircraft (15.8% of fleet)
> Military expenditure, 2020: $4.5 billion (0.2% of world spending)

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7. Pakistan
> Active fleet: 1,387 aircraft (2.6% of global fleet)
> Most common aircraft: F-7 combat aircraft (9.7% of fleet)
> Military expenditure, 2020: $10.4 billion (0.5% of world spending)

6. Japan
> Active fleet: 1,449 aircraft (2.7% of global fleet)
> Most common aircraft: T-4 training aircraft (13.8% of fleet)
> Military expenditure, 2020: $49.1 billion (2.5% of world spending)

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