An air force is also known in some countries as an air army, it is the division of a nation’s armed services that is responsible for aerial warfare as distinct from an army, navy, or a marine corps. Air forces are responsible for gaining control of the air, carrying out strategic and tactical bombing missions, and providing support to land and naval forces. Air forces always consist of a combination of fighters, bombers, helicopters, transport planes and other aircraft. Most of the air forces are also responsible for operations of the military space, intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), and communications equipment and some of them are may command and control other air defence assets such as anti-aircraft artillery, surface-to-air missiles, or anti-ballistic missile warning networks and defensive systems. Here we are listing top 5 countries with largest air forces.
United States Air Force (America)
United states air force is top most strongest air force of the world. It owns the largest number of warplanes in the world which almost equals to the rest of the world put together. The USAF operates its core functions as Nuclear Deterrence Operations, Special Operations, Air Superiority,Global Integrated ISR, Space Superiority, Command and Control, Cyberspace Superiority, Personnel Recovery, Global Precision Attack, Building Partnerships, Rapid Global Mobility and Agile Combat Support. The highest-ranking military officer in the Department is known as the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, who exercises supervision over Air Force units, and serves as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It have $161 billion budget with 307,001 active duty personnel, 177,221 civilian personnel, 69,200 Air Force Reserve personnel, and 105,500 Air National Guard personnel. It operates more than 5,638 aircraft, 450 ICBMs and 63 satellites. The main of USAF is to preserve the peace and security, and provide for the defense, of the United States, the Territories, Commonwealths, and possessions, and any areas occupied by the United States.
Russian Air Force
The Russian Air Force is a branch of the Russian Aerospace Forces. The modern Russian Air Force was originally established on the on the 7 May 1992 following Boris Yeltsin’s creation of the Ministry of Defence. Russian Air Force operated 61 air bases, including 26 air bases with tactical aircraft, of which 14 are equipped with fighter aircraft. The Russian Air Force also with the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces and the Air Defense Troops, were merged into a new branch of the Armed Forces, officially called the Russian Aerospace Forces now. Highest ranking military officer of the Russian Aerospace Forces is called Commander of the Aerospace Forces. It has almost 3400 attack aircraft like Su-24 Fencer, Su-25 Frogfoot and Su-17 Fitter.25 Foxbat.
People’s Liberation Army Air Force – China
The People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) is the aerial warfare service of the People’s Liberation Army,and it was officially established on 11 November 1949 has a strength of around 398,000 personnel. It is the largest air force in Asia. Most capable planes of chinese are Shenyang J-11 and Xian H-6 that can carry 20,000 free fall bombs and major labor force is working to operate on 2,500 aircrafts.
Indian Air Force – India
The Indian Air Force is the air arm of the Indian armed forces. It is the World’s 4th largest air force. Its first responsibility is to secure Indian airspace and to conduct aerial warfare during a conflict. Indian air force was officially established on 8 October 1932. After the independence, the IAF has been involved in four wars with neighbouring Pakistan and one with the People’s Republic of China. Operation Vijay, Operation Meghdoot, Operation Cactusand Operation Poomalai are other major operations undertaken by the IAF. The Chief of Air Staff, an Air Chief Marshal, is a four-star officer and they commands the Air Force. The IAF gives close air support to the Indian Army troops in the battlefield and it also provides strategic and tactical airlift capabilities. IAF gives infantry and artillery transportations or secondary Airlift for the Indian Army. India has also got the capability to produce their aircrafts certified by Russia creating hundreds of Sukhoi- mk-30 fighter aircrafts. India has the total of 1,080 combat aircrafts.
Israeli Air Force (Israel)
The Israeli Air Force “Air and Space Arm” also known as “Air Corps” operates as the aerial warfare branch of the Israel Defense Forces. It was founded on May 28, 1948 after the Independence of Israeil. They were procured more aircrafts, including Boeing B-17s, Bristol Beaufighters, de Havilland Mosquitoes and P-51D Mustangs. It has a very large fleet of modern aircrafts that are specially designed to meet the requirements of IAF. It is one of the most technologically advanced air forces in the world and equipped with Boeing F-15 E Strike Eagle and a bevy of fighter, patrol, trainer and transport aircrafts.