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WDMMA’s Global Air Powers Ranking (2022): India ranked 6th Globally & 3rd among Air Force

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Indian Air Force ranked the third most powerful air power in the world 1

According to the Global Air Powers Ranking (2022), the current ranking of various armed air services across the globe, released by the World Directory of Modern Military Aircraft (WDMMA), the Indian Air Force (IAF) has secured the 6th Global Rank

IAF has emerged as the 3rd strongest Air Force, only after the United States Air Force(USAF) and Russian Air Force. 


The 2022 ranking has tracked 124 air services, which includes Army, Navy, and Marine branches of service where applicable, of 98 countries and following a total of 47,840 aircraft. 

Global Air Powers Ranking (2022):

Top 5:

Global RankAir ServiceTrueValueRating(TvR)
1The United States Air Force(USAF)242.9
2The United States Navy142.4
3Russian Air Force114.2
4 The United States Army Aviation112.6
5 The United States Marine Corps85.3

Rankings of Indian armed air services:

Global RankAir ServiceTrueValueRating(TvR)
6Indian Air Force69.4
28Indian Naval Aviation41.2
36Indian Army Aviation30.0

Highlights of the 2022 ranking:

According to the report IAF has overtaken the Chinese Air Force; Japan Air Self-Defense Force; the Israeli Air Force; and the French Air and Space Force in terms of strength. 

Key Points:

i.WDMMA utilises a formula that accounts for the values related to the total fighting strength of various air services of the world. 

ii.This formula produces the ‘TrueValueRating’ (TvR) which helps to separate each power based on, overall strength, modernization, logistical support, attack and defence capabilities and others. 

iii.The highest attainable TvR score is 242.9 held by the USAF.

Note: The formula produces the ‘TrueValueRating’ (TvR) helping to definitively separate each power based on – not only overall strength – but modernization, logistical support, attack and defense capabilities and so on.

Overview of the capabilities of IAF:

i.The Indian Air Force currently has 1645 total units in its active aircraft inventory which includes,  Fighters (632 units); Helicopters (438 units); Transports (250 units); Trainers (304 units); Aerial Tankers/Refuelers (7 units); and Special-Mission (14 units).

ii.The United States of America, Russia and France are the Primary suppliers of the IAF.