Middle East: Countries with the Largest Air Force
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  Overview

Which country has the largest air force in Middle East?
The country with the largest air force in Middle East is Israel with a total of 524 war planes and attack choppers. At second and third, are Iran with 399 aircrafts and Saudi Arabia with 398 aircrafts.
The average air force size (planes and helicopters) of the countries in Middle East is around 193.6 aircrafts.

 Compare Israel with Yemen


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Planes. Israel has the most number of war planes in Middle East - at 440 planes. Average size of war plane fleet among countries in Middle East is around 138.4 planes.

Attack Helicopters. Jordan has the largest attack chopper fleet (126 helicopters) in Middle East. In Middle East, on average, countries have an attack chopper fleet size of 55.2 helicopters.


These are the countries with the largest air forces in Middle East:

Israel.

How Do IDF Special Forces Train? (Credit: Youtube/Israel Defense Forces)

The country with the second-highest defence budget in Middle East is Israel. The defence budget of Israel is estimated at US$20,465M at around 5.30% of its GDP.

Israel has the second-largest military force in Middle East. Israel has a military of 642,500 personnel, with 169,500 active, 465,000 in reserve and 8,000 from paramilitary forces, making up 76.3 military personnel per 1000 in population. Its per-capita military is the highest in Middle East.

Israel's battle tank force is the second-largest in Middle East. On land, Israel has a mobile force of 1,560 tanks. For aerial defence, Israel has an air force of 440 military aircrafts and 84 attack helicopters.

Israel has a naval fleet of 6 vessels, including 3 non-nuclear submarines.

 

 Compare Israel with Syria

 Compare Israel with Oman


Iran.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard: Who are they and what is their role? (Credit: Youtube/FRANCE 24 English)

Iran has the third-highest defence budget in Middle East. Iran allocates about 2.30% of its GDP (estimated at US$12,623M) for its defence budget.

Iran has the largest military force in Middle East. Iran has a military that is composed of 610,000 active personnel (largest in Middle East), 350,000 in reserve and 40,000 from paramilitary forces, totalling 1,000,000 or 12 military personnel per 1000 in population.

Iran's battle tank force is the largest in Middle East. On land, Iran has a mobile force of 1,663 tanks. For aerial defence, Iran has an air force of 337 military aircrafts and 62 attack helicopters.

Iran has the largest naval fleet in Middle East. Iran has a naval fleet of 27 vessels, including 21 non-nuclear submarines.

 

 Compare Iran with Qatar

 Compare Iran with Saudi Arabia


Saudi Arabia.

How Strong Is Saudi Arabia's Military? (Credit: Youtube/Newsweek)

Saudi Arabia's defence budget is the highest in Middle East. The defence budget of Saudi Arabia is estimated at US$61,867M at around 8% of its GDP. Its percentage of GDP allocated to defence spending is the second-highest globally.

With a 251,500-strong military, Saudi Arabia has a per-capita ratio of 7.6 military personnel per 1000 in population. Its total military consists of 227,000 active personnel (second-largest in Middle East) and 24,500 from paramilitary forces.

On land, Saudi Arabia has a mobile force of 600 tanks. For aerial defence, Saudi Arabia has an air force of 313 military aircrafts and 85 attack helicopters.

The naval fleet also possesses numerous warships, including 4 frigates, 3 destroyers and 4 corvettes.

 

 Compare Saudi Arabia with Syria

 Compare Saudi Arabia with Qatar


Jordan.

Special Forces Of Jordan - 2019 - القوات الخاصة الملكية

Jordan's defence expenditure is estimated to be US$2,032M (4.70% of its GDP).

Jordan has a military that is composed of 100,500 active personnel, 65,000 in reserve and 15,000 from paramilitary forces, totalling 180,500 or 17.3 military personnel per 1000 in population. Its per-capita military is the second-highest in Middle East.

Jordan has the third-largest battle tank force in Middle East. On land, Jordan has a mobile force of 1,323 tanks. For aerial defence, Jordan has an air force of 134 military aircrafts and 126 attack helicopters.

 

 Compare Jordan with United Arab Emirates

 Compare Jordan with Yemen


Oman.

Royal Army of Oman - الجيش السلطاني العُماني

Oman's defence expenditure is estimated to be US$6,730M (8.80% of its GDP). Its percentage of GDP allocated to defence spending is the highest in the world.

Oman has a military of 47,000 personnel, with 42,600 active and 4,400 from paramilitary forces, making up 13.5 military personnel per 1000 in population.

On land, Oman has a mobile force of 117 tanks. For aerial defence, Oman has an air force of 44 military aircrafts and 15 attack helicopters.

 

 Compare Oman with Afghanistan

 Compare Oman with Iraq


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