Russian Air Force most modern in Europe by 2020

Modernization of European Air Forces

F-35 operators

Many Air Forces in Europe are currently getting a modern fleet of fighter jets. Mostly 4.5 generation or even 5th generation fighter jets are being bought at the moment.

This is the fighter aircraft shopping list of EU countries, Norway and Switzerland:

  • Switzerland plans to buy 22 Saab Gripen E (Swiss population voted against the purchase)
  • Austria currently operates 15 EADS Eurofighter Typhoon (Eurofighter are 4.5 generation fighter jets)
  • Germany will buy a total of 140 EADS Eurofighters, about half of it are delivered already
  • Italy bought 62 Eurofighters and plans to order a number of 5th generation fighter jets: 60 F-35A and 15 F-35B
  • Great Britain operates 86 Eurofighters (total will be 160) and plans to buy 50 Lockheed Martin F-35B to operate from Aircraft carriers
  • Spain got 36 Eurofighters (total will be 70) and plans to buy 28 F-35A and 32 F-35B Lightning II
  • Netherlands plans to buy up to 85 5th generation F-35A stealth fighter jets
  • Norway ordered 48 F-35A
  • Denmark thinks about buying 25-35 F-35A
  • Sweden plans to buy 80 Gripen E, but will only modernize the fleet if Switzerland participates
  • Finland currently does not plan to modernize the fleet of 62 Boeing F-18C/D
  • France operates 94 Rafale and plans to buy a total of 266
Now what is interesting here? The first thought is that the countries currently suffering from the European sovereign-debt crisis have the largest shopping list: Countries like Spain, Italy and also France plan to buy a lot of very expensive aircraft – the stealthy 5th generation Lockheed Martin F-35 or the Dassault Rafale. In case of France it is to support the own defense industry as Dassault struggles to find export customers despite the former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was seen as the “chief of the sales department” of Dassault. He even tried to sell the Rafale to Muammar Ghaddafi before be bombed him with Rafales along with some allies a few years later.
The sporty size of the fleet was planned before the crisis, it seems this shows the lack of budget discipline these countries obviously have. Northern countries on the same hand do not buy the latest or best fighter aircraft (Sweden, Switzerland, Finland) or operate small fleets (Austria). By the way: Greece also planned to buy F-35s for the Hellenic Air Force.

Turkish Air Force will be the largest Air Force within NATO in Europe

The largest fighter jet fleet by 2020 will be the Turkish Air Force: It currently operates 215 F-16 Fighting Falcon, and a couple of F-4s and F-5s. Furthermore, Turkey wants to order as many as 116 F-35A, it is a level 3 partner in the Joint Strike Fighter program. Turkey is also thinking about developing an own fighter jet with Sweden’s Saab or South Korea’s Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to be less dependent of the United States in the future. The current Turkish Air Force fighter jet fleet consists of US fighter aircraft only.

Russian Air Force with a massive fleet Upgrade

The Russian Air Force currently operates the following fighter jets:

  • - 10 Mikoyan MiG-25 Foxbat
  • - 200 MiG-29 Fulcrum
  • - 34 MiG-29SMT Fulcrum E
  • - 100 MiG-31 Foxhound
  • - 150 Sukhoi Su-24M Fencer, 110 Su-24MR, 40 Su-24M2
  • - 110 Su-25 Frogfoot
  • - 60 Su-25SM
  • - 200 Su-27SM, 30 Su-27M2, 20 Su-33, 15 Su-34, all Flankers and Flanker variants 

The Russians will buy and operate by 2020:

  • - 24 naval MiG-29K/KUB to operate from Aircraft Carriers (classified as 4++)
  • - 30 Su-30SM
  • - 114 Su-34
  • - 60 Sukhoi Su-50 PAK FA 5th generation stealth Aircraft

From the current Russian Fighter aircraft, many will be retired by 2020, among them older MiG-29 Fulcrum, Su-24 Fencers and Su-27 Flankers. Those are the fighter jets operated in large numbers today. At the same time, the Su-25 Frogfoot and the MiG-31 Foxhound will be modernized.

It seems that the shift of economic power is mirrored by the air defense in Europe.


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22 thoughts on “Russian Air Force most modern in Europe by 2020”

  1. The world will be much safer if Russia can become the way it used to be in the 80s. At least we need two blocks in this world in order to balance the world order.
    We need security in this world so that the Americans cannot bully the weaker countries. Please Vladimir Putin quicken up the at which you are modernizing your military. Even if we are weak, still we are behind you. May god richly bless you.

    1. Quite in agree. A strong miltary Russia is indeed necessary. Apart from ideological stand points. Hope that T-50 and SU-35 will be soon operational.

    2. Americans don’t bully weaker countries, we are too busy fighting their battles for them. Russians are bullies and the world needs America to keep the bull shit vicks in their place so the world will be safer for every one.

      1. Your a fucking idiot! Brainwashed from that United States of Propaganda! I’m American and know we are bullies and Pushing for the NWO if you’d wake and do some research of your own and not a sheep of fox cnn nbc etc. I wouldn’t have to waste my time. Like really do something on your for once, I heard thinking for yourself is good for you.

  2. The World need a strong India. This is very important for the Safety of South Asia.We can not faith on America and Britisher . Who still has not come out with mindset of Imperialism. See the Example of Falkland war , Iraq war .
    Strong India is also necessary to weaken the Terrorism , which is a master plan of Arabian Culture.
    It is need of the Humanity that both India and Russia should act in cohesion and create Peace in our mother planet.

    1. What you mean can’t depend on america or Brits can’t we look after our own affairs India will be great super power to rival. USA and China 1bn people can look out for their own interest? Plus why you Indians don’t trust west any way they are peaceful!

  3. You can be sure if there were two or three hijacked in Russian airspace its Air Force will have interceptors in the air within minutes!!!

  4. The World need a strong Pakistan. This is very important for the Safety of South Asia.We can not faith on India, America and Israel. Who still has not come out of mindset of Imperialism.
    Strong Pakistan is also necessary to weaken the Terrorism , which is a master plan of India.
    It is need of the Humanity that both China and Russia should act in cohesion and create Peace in our mother planet.

  5. to Yashpal Singh Bangari: A stronger India is indeed very welcome. However to say that terrorism: a master plan of “Arabian Culture” borders with some ignorance. Reading the history of the “middleeast” reagion would help you understand what is really happening in that region since colonialism. Also, most if not all of the so called terrorism acredited to “Arabians” has been proven to be false flag operations / inside jobs in order to get a pretext to invade their countries and dominate their energy rich region.

  6. Take a look at the nationality emblem still on not only Russian military aircraft, but Russian Naval vessels…

    Google: ‘Photos: Antonov An-12BK-PPS Aircraft Pictures | Airliners net’


    Google: ‘MiG-23UB Share this photo on forums’

    Then for Russian Naval vessels (take a look at what’s still appended to the bows):

    Google (enlarge picture): ‘Russia seeks sea power with decrepit fleet Base expansion likely an empty threat’

    Those pictures were taken in 2009, 2011 and 2001, respectively, not before the “collapse” of the USSR. As you can see, the hated Soviet era emblem of the Communist Party…the Red Star… is still present. That hated political symbol of the Soviet government would have been immediately removed in early 1992 if the “collapse” of the USSR were genuine.

    Now you know why the hated Communist Red Star is still placed on the bows of NEW Russian Naval vessels (and the wings of Russian military aircraft), and why the “electorates” of the 15 republics that made up the USSR continue to “elect” for President Soviet era Communist Party Quislings. There have been 52 such Presidential “elections” since the “collapse” of the USSR, resulting in 40 Soviet era Communist Party member Quislings being elected. That’s 76.92%! If the “collapse” of the USSR were legitimate not one such Quisling would have been elected President. In fact, such persons would have been either arrested in the interests of national security or shunned by society. Remember, Communist Party members made up no more than 10% of the USSR, and it was they who for 74 years persecuted the remaining 90% of the population.

    Imagine it’s 1784 America. The Treaty of Paris (1783) was signed the previous year ending the revolutionary war with Britain. So who do the electorates of the newly independent 13 colonies elect for their respective governors? They elect persons who were Loyalists (American supporters of Great Britain) during the war for independence! Of course, in reality the persecution was so bad for Loyalists in post independence America that they had to flee the country en masse for Canada.

    Or try this one out: After the collapse of the South African Apartheid Regime in 1994, the majority black population reelect for their Presidents only persons who were National Party members before the 1994 elections!

    In addition, the KGB agent Quislings that controlled the Russian Orthodox Church before the “collapse” of the USSR are to this day still in control! They were never identified and thrown out of that institution after the “collapse” of the USSR! The same is true for the other 14 republics of the USSR, including East Bloc nations.

    The fraudulent “collapse” of the USSR (and East Bloc) couldn’t have been pulled off until both political parties in the United States (and political parties elsewhere in the West) were co-opted by Moscow. Recall President Reagan’s favorite phrase, “Trust, but verify”? Well, the West never did verify the collapse of the USSR, nor the collapse of the East Bloc, and the fate of the West depends on such verification.

    1. Dude don’t talk shit about south africa if you have no clue what happened here in 1994 you arrogant asshole! Stop spreading stupidity!

  7. Right now russia have around 1100 operative fighters.

    and according to you 228 will be added until 2020 but you forget

    of the 300 SU-24 200 will go out and be replaced by 114 SU-34

    20 more MIG 31 will go out, 90 more SU-25 will go out. Russian officeiels says most of theier MIG 29 is not able to fight because the lack of service during the collaps of the soviet. Only 100 or less is cleared for operations.

    I doubt they have 60 SU-50 at 2020 they havent even started the production in full scale yet
    so all i all 300 – 400 plane will go out and be replaced by 200 or less planes
    make the total capacity ogf fighters going down from 1100 to around 900

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  9. Ah you guy’s you know what one thing is true . Russian sams are the best of the world and i dont think if thay was’ nt that the US dos’ nt atac them just remember the cryses on black see abaut georgien . Russian defences russian major posesd teritory if thay was not enough powerfull does you think thay would’nt be beted by USA …

  10. “Or try this one out: After the collapse of the South African Apartheid Regime in 1994, the majority black population reelect for their Presidents only persons who were National Party members before the 1994 elections!”

    That is the biggest load of garbage I have ever heard. And I am South African…

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