NATO Countries with the Largest Air Force
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  Overview

NATO or the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is an alliance of 30 nations formed to provide collective protection for the territories of member states in Europe and North America, and islands in the North Atlantic north of the Tropic of Cancer, plus French Algeria.

Which NATO country has the largest air force?
The NATO country with the largest air force is United States with a total of 17,781 war planes and attack choppers. At second and third, are France with 688 aircrafts and Turkey with 674 aircrafts.
The average air force size (planes and helicopters) of the countries in NATO is around 741.7 aircrafts.

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Planes. United States has the most number of war planes - at 14,061 planes. Average size of war plane fleet among countries in NATO is around 557.9 planes.

Attack Helicopters. United States has the largest attack chopper fleet (3,720 helicopters) among countries in NATO. On average, NATO countries have an attack chopper fleet size of 183.8 helicopters.


These are the NATO countries with the largest air forces:

United States.

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United States's defence budget is the highest in the world. United States's defence expenditure is estimated to be US$731,751M (3.40% of its GDP). Its percentage of GDP allocated to defence spending is the highest in North America.

With a 2,233,050-strong military, United States has a per-capita ratio of 6.8 military personnel per 1000 in population. Its total military consists of 1,388,100 active personnel (third-largest in the world) and 844,950 reserve personnel.

United States's battle tank force is the largest in North America. On land, United States has a mobile force of 8,850 tanks. For aerial defence, United States has an air force of 14,061 military aircrafts and 3,720 attack helicopters.

United States's naval fleet is the second-largest in the world. United States has a naval fleet of 254 vessels, including 11 aircraft carriers and 70 nuclear submarines. Other offensive warships in the naval arsenal include 21 frigates, 69 destroyers and 27 corvettes.

 

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France.

French Armed Forces 2018 (Credit: Youtube/The Marine)

The country with the second-highest defence budget in Europe is France. France's defence expenditure is estimated to be US$50,119M (1.90% of its GDP).

France has a military of 375,100 personnel, with 203,250 active, 41,050 in reserve and 130,800 from paramilitary forces, making up 5.6 military personnel per 1000 in population.

On land, France has a mobile force of 200 tanks. For aerial defence, France has an air force of 395 military aircrafts and 293 attack helicopters.

France's naval fleet is the third-largest in Europe. France has a naval fleet of 36 vessels, including 1 aircraft carriers and 10 nuclear submarines. Other offensive warships in the naval arsenal include 11 frigates and 11 destroyers.

 

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Turkey.

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Turkey allocates about 2.70% of its GDP (estimated at US$20,448M) for its defence budget.

Turkey's military force is the third-largest in Europe. Turkey has a military that is composed of 355,200 active personnel (second-largest in Europe), 378,700 in reserve and 156,800 from paramilitary forces, totalling 890,700 or 11 military personnel per 1000 in population.

Turkey's battle tank force is the second-largest in Europe. On land, Turkey has a mobile force of 2,504 tanks. For aerial defence, Turkey has an air force of 335 military aircrafts and 339 attack helicopters.

Turkey's naval fleet is the second-largest in Europe. Turkey has a naval fleet of 38 vessels, including 14 non-nuclear submarines. The naval fleet of warships also include 18 frigates and 6 corvettes.

 

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United Kingdom.

British Armed Forces 2018 (Credit: Youtube/The Marine)

The defence budget of United Kingdom is estimated at US$48,650M at around 1.70% of its GDP.

United Kingdom has a military that is composed of 148,500 active personnel and 78,600 in reserve, totalling 227,100 or 3.5 military personnel per 1000 in population.

On land, United Kingdom has a mobile force of 227 tanks. For aerial defence, United Kingdom has an air force of 278 military aircrafts and 285 attack helicopters.

United Kingdom's naval fleet is the second-largest in Europe. United Kingdom has a naval fleet of 38 vessels, including 2 aircraft carriers and 11 nuclear submarines. Rounding up the fleet of warships are 13 frigates and 6 destroyers.

 

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Italy.

Italian Armed Forces 2018 (Credit: Youtube/The Marine)

Italy's defence expenditure is estimated to be US$26,790M (1.40% of its GDP).

With a 359,550-strong military, Italy has a per-capita ratio of 5.8 military personnel per 1000 in population. Its total military consists of 165,500 active personnel, 18,300 reserve personnel and 175,750 from paramilitary forces.

On land, Italy has a mobile force of 200 tanks. For aerial defence, Italy has an air force of 258 military aircrafts and 211 attack helicopters.

Italy has a naval fleet of 30 vessels, including 2 aircraft carriers and 6 non-nuclear submarines. Other offensive warships in the naval arsenal include 10 frigates, 4 destroyers and 5 corvettes.

 

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Greece.

Hellenic/Greece Armed Forces 2017 (Credit: Youtube/The Marine)

Greece allocates about 2.60% of its GDP (estimated at US$5,472M) for its defence budget.

With a 368,050-strong military, Greece has a per-capita ratio of 34.2 military personnel per 1000 in population. Its total military consists of 142,700 active personnel, 221,350 reserve personnel and 4,000 from paramilitary forces.

Greece has the third-largest battle tank force in Europe. On land, Greece has a mobile force of 1,354 tanks. For aerial defence, Greece has an air force of 244 military aircrafts and 48 attack helicopters.

Greece has a naval fleet of 25 vessels, including 8 non-nuclear submarines. Other offensive warships in the naval arsenal include 13 frigates and 4 corvettes.

 

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Germany.

German Armed Forces 2020 (Credit: Youtube/The Marine)

Germany has the third-highest defence budget in Europe. Germany's defence expenditure is estimated to be US$49,277M (1.30% of its GDP).

Germany has a military of 213,550 personnel, with 183,500 active and 30,050 in reserve, making up 2.7 military personnel per 1000 in population.

On land, Germany has a mobile force of 410 tanks. For aerial defence, Germany has an air force of 245 military aircrafts and 43 attack helicopters.

Germany has a naval fleet of 21 vessels, including 5 non-nuclear submarines. The naval fleet also possesses numerous warships, including 11 frigates and 5 corvettes.

 

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