Special Report

The 25 Largest Air Forces in the World

5. South Korea
> Active fleet: 1,595 aircraft (3.0% of global fleet)
> Most common aircraft: MD500 combat helicopter (17.1% of fleet)
> Military expenditure, 2020: $45.7 billion (2.4% of world spending)

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4. India
> Active fleet: 2,167 aircraft (4.1% of global fleet)
> Most common aircraft: Dhruv ALH/Rudra combat helicopter (13.8% of fleet)
> Military expenditure, 2020: $72.9 billion (3.8% of world spending)

3. China
> Active fleet: 3,285 aircraft (6.2% of global fleet)
> Most common aircraft: J-7 combat aircraft (12.7% of fleet)
> Military expenditure, 2020: $252.3 billion (13.1% of world spending)

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2. Russia
> Active fleet: 4,173 aircraft (7.8% of global fleet)
> Most common aircraft: Mi-8/17/171 combat helicopter (18.9% of fleet)
> Military expenditure, 2020: $61.7 billion (3.2% of world spending)

1. United States
> Active fleet: 13,247 aircraft (24.9% of global fleet)
> Most common aircraft: F-16C combat aircraft (5.9% of fleet)
> Military expenditure, 2020: $778.2 billion (40.3% of world spending)

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