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The AMR Regional Air Force Directory 2012

Posted on 30 August 2012

jan 10th 2011 008

Prepared by Adam Baddeley

AMR’s Regional Air Force Directory of the various air forces, naval air arms and army aviation assets across the Asia-Pacific Region returns in our first issue of 2012. Over the past year, the region has proved itself as the global crucible for the design, development, procurement and fielding of combat aircraft outside of the notable and enduring exception of the United States. As well as maintaining its ongoing focus on multi-role combat aircraft with programmes such as India’s MMRCA, Malaysia’s new MRCA, Japans F-X and Korea’s FX-III competitions, new developments as seen with the Korean KF-X, Japan’s ATD-X Shinshin, India’s nascent Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft and more established PAK-FA collaboration and China’s J-20 curio, are exploring indigenous fifth generation technologies hitherto limited to North America and Europe. This pursuit must also be seen in parallel to other efforts, not just prestige projects, focused on providing balanced capabilities for fixed and rotary wing tactical transport and close air support and special mission aircraft that truly enhance air superiority capabilities.

As before, the Directory has been compiled from a range of open sources from around the world, AMR’s correspondents and discussions with industry and military personnel throughout the year. AMR would like to thank those who have scratched their heads and provided answers to our questions. We would therefore like to encourage readers over the next twelve months who can add information to either contact us in person at the year’s shows and exhibitions or by e-mail.

AFGHANISTAN
Afghan National Army Air Force
13+7 Ordered G222/C-27A, 20 ac planned by 2012
20 Ordered A-29 Super Tucano, $350m, delivery mid 2013 deal uses same engines as C-208B
6 C 182 Turbos

3+3 Ordered C-208B, advanced training and transport role, first ac arrived in Oct could increase by a further 20 ac
46+35 Ordered Mi-8 MTV-1/Mi- 17DV/V5, $370m recent order for 21 Mi-17 helicopters, delivery by 2013
9 Mi-35, 377th Rotary Wing Squ began operations in August 2010
9 UH-1H
6 MD530F, advanced training role with up to 54 could be acquired for $186 million

NOTES: Last remaining An-26 and five An- 32B supported by US NAVAIR Support and Commercial Derivative Aircraft Program Office retired as C-27 delivery completing. Mi-8 and Mi-17 maintenance being supported by US, funded through Czech firm LOM.
AUSTRALIA
Royal Australian Air Force
55/16 F/A-18A/B, IOC for AGM-158 JASSM expected soon
24 F/A-18F, deliveries completed in Oct
14 Ordered F-35A, requirement for a further 86 ac est. at $17bil. IOC in 2018
33 Hawk 127, Phase 1A of A$100-300m Air 5438 upgrade recently gained First Pass approval
63 PC-9/9A, one ac crashed in May
9 King Air 200/350
4+2 Ordered 737 Wedgetail AEW&C, participated in Bersama Lima in November, final acceptance due in March 2012
18 AP-3C, due to retire in 2018-19
1 AP-3C EW
2 737-700BBJ
3 Challenger CL 604 VIP
9 C-130H, four ac to be donated to Indonesia in 2012
12 C-130J-30
5+1 Ordered C-17, sixth ac for RAAF 36 Squ ordered in Nov worth $300m, fifth ac delivered in Sept
10 Planned Air 8000 Phase 2 DHC-4 replacement, C-27J is preferred versus C-295 in $900m-$1b deal
4+1 Ordered KC-30A, first ac formally accepted in June with 33 Squ

Royal Australian Navy
9 S-70B-2 Seahawk, withdrawal in 2018, no interim upgrade
24 Ordered MH-60R, first export of Romeo, deliveries in $3.1b deal begin in 2014, complete by 2018
5 MRH90, based at HMAS Albatross with new 808 Squadron
13 AS350BA, Lead In Helicopter Training
3 AW109E

Australian Army Aviation Corps
14 OH-58
6+2 Ordered CH-47D, two used ac to be delivered in Jan to enter service in 2012, fleet grounded temporarily in Sept
7 Ordered CH-47F, to be introduced in 2016
22 Ordered Tiger ARH, last Project 87 ac delivered to 1st Aviation Reg. in Dec
34 S-70A-9 Blackhawk
1 AS350BA
10+28 Ordered MRH90, programme added to the Projects of Concern list, fifteenth helo delivered in Dec

NOTES: RAN is to lease three Bell 429 via Raytheon for training in a $26m deal beginning in 2012. Australia has voiced concerned about F-35 schedules with the suggestion that further Super Hornets would be acquired as an alternative. Australia has committed to a buy of 14 F-35, rising to 100. The first two aircraft are expected to be delivered in 2014-15 with all 14 by 2017. Five Sea King 50s are being sold.

BANGLADESH
Bangladesh Air Force
8 A-5C
23+16 Ordered F-7M/BG, 16 F-7BGIs due to be delivered in 2012
8 MiG-29SE/UB
8 L-39ZA
3 An-32
4 C-130B
19 Mi-17/171
16 UH-1N/Bell 212
4 Bell 206L
6 FT-6
11 T-37B Bangladesh Army
2 Bell 206L4
4 Cessna 152
1 Grand Caravan Bangladesh Navy
2 Ordered AW109
2 Ordered Do 228NG, delivery in 2013

NOTES: Bangladesh is planning the procurement a further 20-32 fighter aircraft by 2027.

BRUNEI
Royal Brunei Air Force
1 CN-235-110M
2 Bell 206B, training role
11 Bell 212/214ST, replaced by S-70i Black Hawk
4 BO105CB, replaced by S-70i Black Hawk
4 +12 Ordered S-70A/L/i, 12 ordered in deal worth $240m
4 PC-7Mk II

NOTES: Order for the S-70i expected to be delivered from 2014.

CAMBODIA
Royal Cambodian Air Force
1 AN-24
3 Mi-8
3 Mi-17
1 AS355
1 UH-1H
5 L-39C
2 Y-12-II, operated by Air Cambodia
3 An-24RV, operated by Air Cambodia Notes: Reports of a $195m deal for Z-9 helos from China.

CHINA
People’s Liberation Army Air Force
120 H-6, inc. 10 H-6U Tankers, began upgrades in 2006
350 J-7
70 JH-7, crash at airshow in Shaanxi in Oct.
180 J-8II
200 J-10, includes new J-10B
140+70 Ordered J-11A/B
76 Su 30MKK/MK2
76 Su-27SK/UBK
4 JF-17
130 Q-5A
8 Ordered IL-78
5 A-50I, KJ-2000 radar/mission system based near Taiwan
4 Y-8 AEW, prototypes with different radar configurations
2 737
80/4 Y-7/MA60
45 Y-8
3 AN-12
10+30 Ordered IL-76MD
4 Tu-154 ELINT
3 Mi-6
330 Mi-8/17/171/172
40 Z-8
210 Z-9
60 Z-11
28+130 Ordered HC-120
16 S-70
130 JJ6
40 JJ7
180 JL-8/K-8
People’s Liberation Army Naval Air Force
16 H-6D
6 Y-8 MPA
2 Y-8 ELINT
30 J-7D/E
35 JH-7A
48 J-8
20 J-10, 10AS and J-10SH
24 J-11
30 Q-5
16 JJ-6
23 Su-30MKK2/33
50 Ordered JF-15,
3 SA365N
12+6 Ordered Ka-28/31
8 Mi-8
3 SH-5
26 Z-8, some Z-8s modified for AEW role
20 Z-9C
14 JJ-6
12 JL-8 (K-8)
12 JL-9

NOTES: China increased its defence budget by 12.7 percent in 2011. New Y-8 based MPA seen, dubbed Y-8X. PLANAF expected to field J15 (Su33 clone) from 2014 but experiencing testing problems with the three prototypes. CAIC WZ-10 attack helicopter still stalled in final development with eight helos reported to be at Nanjing. JZ-8F reconnaissance aircraft deployed with Air Force and Navy. PLAN Y-8GX8 ELINT platform due to enter service in 2012. Flight tests underway on the Shaanxi Y-9, the replacement for the Y-8. Y-20 heavy transport platform still in development PLANAF trialing Y-7 based AEW&C ac for carrier operations.

INDIA
Indian Air Force
69 MiG-29S/UB/UPG, fatal crash in Himachal Pradesh state in Oct, first modernised UPG ac received in 2011
57 Mirage-2000H/TH, ordered 450 MICA AAM in late 2011, $2.4b upgrade of 51 Vajras to Mirage 2000-9 standard approved Jan
137+94 Ordered Su-30MK/MKI, crash took place in Dec near Pune, eventual plans for 13 squadrons
126 Planned MMRCA, bid opened in Nov, press reports of costs doubling to $20b
153 MiG-21Bison/bis/M, ac crashed in Oct in Rajasthan state, fourth in 2011, all bis variants to be retired by 2017, others before this
151+10 Ordered Jaguar IM/IS/T, fatal crash in Uttar Pradesh in August
14 MiG-23UM, all to be retired by 2017
88 MiG-27UPG
3 Ordered EMB-145 AEW, first ac to be delivered in 2012 due to enter service in 2014 in $208m 2008 deal
3+2 Planned IL-76TD/A-50EI AEW, est. cost of new orders is $800m with IAI, for 50 Squ
2 Gulfstream III EW
1 1125 G100 Recce
6 IL-78 MKI ‘MARS’
6 Planned MRTT, est. $2b, trials of A330 MRTT and Il-78 in Nov
105 An-32, five upgraded AM- 32RE ac arrived from Ukraine in Sept
10 C-17, $4.1b deal concluded in June, delivery in 2013-14
6+6 Ordered C-130J, first ac delivered in Feb
28+12 Ordered Do-228-201
55 HS 748, some in ELINT role
17 Il-76
25+54 Ordered Dhruv
65 Ordered LCH, deliveries from 2013-14, in service around 2016
138+113 Ordered Mi-8/17, first Mil-17-V5 helos delivered in Nov, conclude in 2014. Part of a $1.35b deal in 2008, possibly a further 35 required
3 Mi-26, to be replaced by either 15 CH-47F or Mi-26T2
20 Mi-35
22 Ordered AH-64D, $1.4b deal, options could increase numbers to 44
65 Ordered LCH, expected to be inducted from 2013
11 SA315 Cheetah, to be replaced by LUH
72 SA316 Cheetak, to be replaced by LUH
64 Planned LUH, competition between AS 550 Fennec and Kamov Ka-226
35+70 Ordered Hawk 132, latest order for 20 for Surya Kiran aerobatics team worth $72 million
161 HJT-16
16 Ordered HJT-36 Sitara
181 Ordered PC-7 II, replaces grounded HPT-32 Deepaks in a $976 million deal. 75 aircraft from Pilatus with 106 built
locally by HAL
15 Ordered Saras, training role, first three ac delivered in 2014, potential order for a further 75 together with Navy
1+39 Ordered Tejas Mk1, service entry expected in 2014
100 Planned Tejas LCA, to be fitted with Derby AAM, IAF plans to acquire 100 Tejas Mk II which is due to fly in 2014

Indian Army55 Dhruv ALH
25+10 Ordered SA315
80 SA316
133 Planned LUH, original decision on AS 550C3 cancelled in 2007

Indian Naval Air Arm
16+29 Ordered MiG-29K/KuB, INS Vikramaditya due to enter service in late 2012, $1.5 billion contract for 29 jets made in 2010
8/3 Sea Harrier FRS51/T4/60
6 Ordered Tejas LCA
8 Tu-142ME, first ac upgraded to MSD standard delivered in Dec and due to complete by 2020
12 Ordered P-8I MPA, first flight 28th Sept, entering service from 2013, number could increase to 24
22/4 Do-228 MPA/Transport, work closely with the Coast Guard
6 Planned Medium Range Maritime Reconnaissance Aircraft, in competition
5 IL-38 MPA
12 BN-2
6 Dhruv ALH
15 Ka-25
16 Ka-28, upgrade planned
9+4 Ordered Ka-31, upgrade planned
36 SA316B/319
27 Sea King 42
3 UH-3
17 Ordered Hawk 132
20 HJT-16

NOTES: IAF combat squadrons number 33, well below government authorised levels. In addition to PAK-FA of which India plans to acquire around 200 twin-seaters, the Aeronautical Development Agency is also planning to develop the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft for 2025. The US has indicated
openness to offering the F-35 to India. India reported to have requirement for seven EMB-145/MA-1 SIGINT/ELINT aircraft. Indian Navy issued RFI in May 2010 for carrier based AEW&C. First test fire of BrahMos from a Su-30MKI planned for 2012. Weapons package on IN’s MiG-29K purchase criticised by comptroller and auditor general. Modernisation of Air Field Infrastructure India project preparing IAF bases for new advanced aircraft.

INDONESIA
Indonesian Air Force
7/3+24 Ordered F-16A/B, 24 new ac at Block 52 standard in $750m deal
25 Hawk 209
13 Hawk 53/109, to be replaced by T-50
5 Su-27SK/SKM
5 Su-30MK/MK2
50 Planned KF-X
6/3 F-5E/F
8 Ordered EMB-314 Super Tucano, deal finalised in May, delivery in 2012
2 OV-10
3 737 MPA
1+2 Ordered CN-235 MPA
1 KC-130B
1 737
15 C-130B/H/H-30/L-100
10 C-212
9 Ordered CN-295, worth $325m entering service by mid 2014
5 CN-235 110/220M
6 F27-400M, to be replaced by new CN-295
5 F-28 1000/3000
2 PC-6
11 NAS332J
12 Ordered AW101
2 Ordered EC725
11 EC120B
11 KT-1B
18 SF-260M/W
16 T-34C
16 Ordered T-50, $400 million deal deliveries to be completed by 2013
28 AS/SA-202
18 Ordered G120TP, won competition for new basic training aircraft in 2011, delivery begins in 2012

Indonesian Army
1 BN-2A
3 C-212
2 DHC-5
1 Turbo Commander
11 Bell 205A-1
18 Ordered Bell 210
31 Bell 412, ac crashed in May
20 NBO-105
12+6 Ordered Mi-17-V5, latest six delivered to No. 21 Squ in August
8 Mi-35M
2 EC-120B

Indonesian Navy
3 NC-212-200 MPA
13 NC-212-200
3 Ordered NCN-235-220
3 Nomad 22 MPA
17 Nomad 22/24, transport
1 Ordered NB 412SP
4 NAS332
4 NBO-105
3 EC-120B
2 Mi-2

NOTES: Defence budget from FY2012 up by53 percent. Indonesia is to contribute 20 percent of the costs of the KF-X programme with approx 50 aircraft required from 2018. Indonesia will also receive from US four F- 16 Block 25 jets and two Block 15 aircraft for spare parts. Initial agreement to acquire six Su-30MK2 fighters in place with an est $500m cost. Dirgantara has signed a teaming agreement with Airbus Military for production of the C-295. Press reports of seeking surplus AH-64 Apaches from European operators. Kaman reported to have offered the Kaman SH-2G Super Seasprite helicopters for an ASW requirement.

JAPAN
Japan Air Self Defence Force
63/17 F-2A/B
82 F-4EJ/EF-4EJ/RF-4EJ
153/45 F-15J/DJ, fleet grounded for short time in July after crash near Okinawa
42 Ordered F-35A, winner of F-X in late Dec to replace F-4J, four scheduled for delivery in 2016 at $127m each
4 E-767, based at Hamamatsu, recently received RSIP upgrade
1 EC-1
13 E-2C, Hawkeye 2000s based at Misawa Air Base
10 YS-11P/FC/NT/EA/EB, transports to be retired 2012-14
4 KC-767
30 U-125/A
26 C-1A/FTB
20 Ordered C-2
16 C-130H/KC-130H, US surplus to replace YS-11 transport
5 Gulfstream IV
19 CH-47J
40+40 Ordered UH-60J
13 Beechcraft T-400
204 T/XT-4
48 T-7

Japanese Ground Self Defence Force
5 King Air 350/LR-2
7 MU-2
75 AH-1S
10+2 Ordered AH-64DJP
57 CH-47J/JA
27 OH-1
139 OH-6D/J
174 UH-1H/J
30 UH-60JA

Japan Maritime Self Defence Force
105 EP-3C/UP-3D/UP-3C, to be replaced by 65 P-1s
10 Ordered P-1 MPA
8 US-1/-2
10 YS-11T-A/M/M-A
4 Learjet 36
7+6 Ordered MCH/CH101
10 MH-53E
145 SH/UH-60J/K
29 King Air 90
9 OH-6D/J
43 T-5
4+10 Ordered EC135T2i

NOTES: Japan is funding Mitsubishi’s ATDX Shinshin to the tune of $500m with a first flight expected by 2016. Mitsubishi XP-1 experienced rips and tears during ground testing. The Air Force is scrapping 12 F-2 fighters at Matsushima Air Base damaged in the Tsunami, six other F-2s will be repaired.

LAOS
Lao People’s Liberation Army Air Force
25 MiG-21PFM/U
1 An-26
10 An-2
6 Ka-32
1 An-74K-100
7 Mi-8
9 Mi-17
4 UH-1H
4 Z-9

NOTES: Declining serviceability across the board.

MALAYSIA
Royal Malaysian Air Force
10 F/RF-5E/F-5F
8 F/A-18D, $17.3m upgrade announced in November, complete by 2015
18 Planned MRCA, Gripen, Rafale, Super Hornet & Typhoon, due to enter service in
2015-16, decision by 2013
14/6 Hawk 208/108
10+2 Ordered MiG-29N/UB
18 Su-30MKM
4 Ordered A400M
14 C-130H/H-30/T
6 CN-235-220M
1 Falcon 900B
1 F28-1000
10 Cessna 402
1 Global Express BD700
4 King Air 200 MPA
4 Mi-171Sh
12 Ordered EC-725, begin deliveries in 2012
26 S-61A-4
2 AS61N-1
21 SA316
8 MB339CM
31 PC-7, will be thirty years old by 2013
17 PC-7 Mk II
1 B737
1 A319
2 S-70 VIP

Malaysia Army Air Corps
11 AW109H
Royal Malaysian Navy
6 AS.555SN
6 Super Lynx 300
6 Planned ASW Helos, planned to begin in 2012, postponed to 2013-14

NOTES: Malaysia yet to issue formal RFP for MRCA. Air chiefs committed to diverse frontline fleet. AEW aircraft planned for 2015-16, LM UK to offer new helo-based Vigilance system. SU-30s understood to have performed poorly in air to ground role in Exercise Bersama Lima. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of a potential sale of 20 AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II all-up-round missiles, associated equipment and parts to Malaysia in November worth $52m.

MYANMAR
Myanmar Air Force
21 A-5C
1 F-6
24 F-7M
4 G4
15+17 Ordered MiG-29B/SE/UB, 20 ac ordered in $550m deal in 2009
6 F27
2 Ordered AN-148
6 Cessna 180
2 BN2 MPA
5 PC-6A/B
14 Bell 205
15 Mi-2
5 Mi-35
1 Ordered Dhruv
11 Mi-17V
9 SA316B
6 W-3/UT
6 FT-7
12 K-8
16 PC-7
10 PC-9
12+48 Ordered K-8, deal announced in 2009

NOTES: Low levels of serviceability and funding undermine fleet capabilities. Just over $2b allocated for defence in 2011-12.

NEW ZEALAND
Royal New Zealand Air Force
6 P-3K MPA, first K2 upgraded ac accepted in June, remaining five ac completed by mid 2013
2 757-200
5 C-130H, LEP announced in Defence Capability Plan
5 King Air B200, advanced training
2+7 Ordered NH-90, first two helos delivered in December, testing begins in Jan
13 UH-1H
3+2 Ordered AW109

Royal New Zealand Navy
5 SH-2G(NZ), upgrade planned under new Defence Capability Plan

NOTES: Issued an RFI in October for modernized pilot training including a new aircraft for advanced flying training. Defence budget hit by recent earthquakes. Aermacchi MB-339CB air trainer/light attack aircraft up for sale with the A-4Ks now taken off the market and broken up for spares.

NORTH KOREA
Korean People’s Air Force
100 F-5
98 F-6
180 F-7
80 H-5
30 MiG-21
50 MiG-23
40 MiG-29/UB
30 Su-7/22
34 Su-25
70 MD500D
70 Mi-2
30 Mi-8/17
15 Mi-24
30 FT-2
135 FT-5

NOTES: Dire levels of serviceability due to a variety of reasons, suggest serviceability rates of less than 50 percent for most types.

PAKISTAN
Pakistan Air Force
143 F-7P/PG
54 F/16A/B/C/D, Block 52+ ac operational with 5 Squ in March, upgrade of Block 15 ac due to complete in 2012
42+8 Ordered JF-17, two squ.s now operational, fatal crash in Nov, up to 250 ac required
99 Mirage IIIEL/EP/OF/RP/BE/BL/D/DP,
82 Mirage 5EF/F/PA/DPA, fatal crash in Baluchistan in Oct
4 Saab 2000 AEW
1+3 Ordered ZDK-03, first ac based on Y-8/KJ-200 deliveries conclude in 2014 from $728m 2008 deal
1 Saab 2000
4 Il-78MK, last aircraft delivered in Spring
16 C-130B/E/L-100
3 707 Transport/VIP
3 CN-235-220 Transport/VIP
1 F27
3 Embraer Phenom
2 Falcon 20/DA-20, ELINT/ ECM role
1 King Air 200
5 AB205
4 IAR316
4 Mi-171
10 Mi-35
25 FT-5
9 FT-6
7 FT-7
38 K-8
10 SA316/319
18 T-37B/C
Pakistan Army
35 AH-1F/S
3 Ordered AW139
9 Bell 206B
24+42 Ordered Bell 412
15 UH-1/AB-205
93 Mi-8/17/172
15 SA316
31 SA330
3 Ordered AS350
20 AS550 Fennec
2 Citation Bravo/V
2 Turbo Commander 840
2 Y-12
Pakistan Navy
1 ATL-1 Atlantique
8+2 Ordered P-3C Orion, two ac to replace those lost in terrorist attack on base at Karachi in May
6 F27 MPA
1 F27
5 SA319B
6 Sea King Mk.45
4+2 Ordered Z-9EC

NOTES: Remaining A-5s decommissioned in the Spring with the F-7s, Mirage IIIs and 5s being next as
JF-17 deliveries continue. Reports that Pakistan is interested in acquiring 36 J10/FC-20 aircraft from China. Earlymodel F-16s in MLU to get ITT AN/ALQ- 211(V)9 EW equipment. DB-100 recon pods now equipping
F-16s.

PHILIPPINES
Philippines Air Force
12 OV-10A/C, crash in Nov temporarily grounded fleet
6 Planned Advanced Jet Trainers, to replace retired F-5s by 2017 est. cost of $150-200m
1 F27 MPA
2 F27-200
1 F28-3000
1 Turbo Commander
1 C-130H, additional two ac to enter service in Spring 2012
12 Nomad 22B/C
8 Bell 205A-1
2 Bell 212/214
25 MD-520MG
10 S-76
40 UH-1H/V, fatal crash in Oct
6 AS-211
21 SF260TP/MP/WP
2+6 Ordered W3 Swidnik
2 S-70A-5 VIP
Philippines Army
1 UH-60A
Philippine Navy
6 BN-2 MPA
2 BO105

NOTES: In December, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said the Philippines was seeking to obtain 12 excess US F-16s. In Sept. the Air Force said over three-quarters of its aircraft were unfit to fly. In August, the government announced the purchase of three helicopters for the Navy and a new air force air base. In Jan. 2011 outlined its five year plan in which the Air Force wants four combat helicopters, four surface attack and lead-in fighter trainer aircraft, six close air support aircraft and a long-range patrol aircraft.

SINGAPORE
Republic of Singapore Air Force
18+6 Ordered F-15SG
60 F-16C/D Block 52
26/9 F-5S/T
5 F50ME2 MPA, one ac deployed to Djibouti in April in support of CTF-151’s anti-piracy role
4 F50 UTL
3+1 Ordered G550 AEW, EL/W-2085 system, assigned to No. 111 Squ
4 E-2C
5 KC-130B/H
4 KC-135R
5 C-130H
19 AH-64D
31 AS332M/532
16 CH-47D/SD
10 AS.550A2/C2
22 A-4SUTA-4SU
12 Ordered M346, June announcement of $241m deal for 20 year in-service support with Alenia Aermacchi and ST Aerospace
19 PC-21
5 EC-120

Republic of Singapore Navy
6 SH-60B

NOTES: Recent acquisitions are bearing fruit, with 123 Squ. stood up in Jan with the new S-70B Seahawks, which will operate from Formidable class frigates.

SOUTH KOREA
Republic of Korea Air Force
85 F-4D/E/RF-4C
194 F-5E/F
52+8 Ordered F-15K, winner of FX-I and FX-II
118/51 K/F-16C/D, upgrade competition underway to add AESA
22 Ordered TA-50, $600m deal with deliveries beginning in 2013-14
20 Ordered FA-50, Jan announcement of $600 for two seat light attack variant and requirement for 60-150 to replace F-5s
– Planned KF-X, seven year $5-15b development programme to replace F-4 and possibly F-5, due to begin in 2013, enter service in 2021
4 Planned Tankers, funds allocated for 2013 budget with decision by 2013, first aircraft deployed in 2017, KC-767 vs. A330 MRTT expected
60 F-X III, competition to replace F-4 to begin in 2014, numbers may rise
1+3 Ordered 737 AEW, 1st ac accepted of Sept 21st, delivery of aircraft after modification by KAI in 2012
8 BAe125
1 737
12 C-130H/H-30
4 Ordered C-130J-30
18 CN-235-100/-220
2 AS332
6 CH-47D
12 BO105
8 Ka-32T
43 S-70A/V/HH-60P
15 Hawk 67, fatal crash in December, type due to be retired in 2013
106 KT/KO-1
15 T-38A
3 S-92 VIP

Republic of Korea Army
77 AH-1JF/J, decision to replace with 36 AH-X helos expected in 2012
36 Planned AH-X, 36 ac RFP in Jan, decision after May, interim solution to KAH delays, est. value $800m
39 CH-47D/DLR
281 MD500E/MD, replaced by AH-X/KAH
92 UH-1H/N
94 UH-60P

Republic of Korea Navy
8 P-3C
1+7 P-3CK
5 F406
23 Lynx Mk.99/A/SL100
7 SA319B
8 UH-1H
7+8 Ordered UH-60P/MH-60S
8 Planned Shipborne Helo, RFP expected in 1Q2012, may rise to 40a c, MH-60R, AW159 and KAI’s KNH/Surion potentially competing, contract award by end of 2012.

NOTES: Pursuing competition for F-16 AESA radar on 134 KF-16 for fielding from 2017 with North Grumman SABR and Raytheon RACR competing. In July, Korea shortlisted the F-15 Silent Eagle, F-35, Eurofighter Typhoon and PAK-AF for the FX-III programme. Deal worth $71 million, for 150 GBU-28 Paveway III laser-guided bombs signed in November for F-15Ks. About to acquire 177 low-observable, longrange precision-guided standoff missiles for F-15K and F-16K fighters, the Lockheed Martin JASSM is competing against LFK/Saab Taurus missile. Korea has a requirement for 245 Surions.

SRI LANKA
Sri Lankan Air Force
9 F-7/GS/BS
9 Kfir C2/7/(T)C2
1 MiG-23UB
7 MiG-27D
1 King Air 1300
5 An-32
2 C-130K C.1
1 Ce421
1 MA60
1 King Air 200T MPA
4 Bell 206A/B
9 Y-12
14 Bell 212/412EP, 2 412 VIP transferred in Dec.
9+4 Ordered Mi-17/171/V-5
14 Mi-24V/P/N/-35P
5+52 Ordered K-8
1 FT-7

NOTES: The 2012 budget has risen from $1.9 billion to $2.1 billion.

TAIWAN
Republic of China Air Force
29 F-5E/F, single-seat F-5F and two-seat RF-5E aircraft crashed in Sept
117/28 F-16A/B Block 20, $530m upgrade at rate of 24 ac per annum
101/25 F-CK-1A/B 70, first six examples of $588m MLU covering an initial 71 ac delivered in June, will
remain operational until after 2030
47/10 Mirage 2000-5EI/5DI, sustainment remains an issue
2 Beech 1900C
6 E-2T/K, first ac transferred to US for upgrade to E-2C Hawkeye standard
20 C-130H
3 F.50 VIP
13+45 Ordered S-70C-1/1A/S-70C-6
3 EC225 Mk 2 Super Puma, SAR role ordered in 2010, could increase to 20
51 AT-3A/B, to be replaced by new aircraft along with F-5F from 2016
38 T-34C

Republic of China Army
61 AH-1W
30 Ordered AH-64D Block III, deal finalised in May 2010
8 CH-47SD
38 OH-58D
84 UH-1B/H
60 Pending UH-60M

Republic of China Navy
21 S-2T ASW
8 MD500MD/ASW
16 S-70CM1/CM2
1+11 Ordered P-3C/T

NOTES: Taipei has been requesting new F- 16C/D since 2006. AIDC upgrade to F-CK-1 covers improvement to GD 3(AN/APG-67) radar and doubling Sky Sword missiles carried. AIDC proposing a variant of the F-CK- to replace the AT-3 and F-5 in the role of advanced jet trainer. Taiwan has yet to formalize its requirement for a new advanced jet trainer for 50 ac worth $2.6b. Taiwan said o be also mulling F-35B rather than 66 new -16C/D Block 50/52 fighters. Taiwan moving o produce Wan Chien air launched stand-off anti-runway missile from 2014.

THAILAND
Royal Thai Air Force
28 F-5A/E/B/F/T, 15 F-5Ts o be retained while E/Fs phased out
53 F-16A/B, Block 15 OCU, modernizing 18 aircraft to lock 50/52 standard with AESA and AIM-9X in $700m deal, two accrashed in Feb
6+6 Ordered Gripen C/D, first six ac with 701 Squ. at Surat Thani declared operational in July, remainder due in 2013
1+1 Ordered Saab 340 AEW&C, 1st ac handed over in 2010, air defence system inc six Gripen declared operational in July 2011
1 Ordered Saab 340
2 Arava 201
7 BT-67/C-47TP
10 C-130H/H-30, six ac being upgraded by Rockwell Collins
6 Ordered CN-235
3 HS748-208
2 737
2 747-8I-BBJ, VIP role ordered June 2011,delivery in 2014-15
1 A310
1 A319
4 ATR72-500, VIP transport
1 King Air 90
1 Learjet 35A EW
10 DA42, four in recce role
1 Merlin IV
14 Nomad 22B
12 Bell 212ST/412HP/SP/EP
14 ÙH-1H
3 S-92A Superhawk VIP, delivered in April
19 Alpha Jet, based at Udon Thani
32 L-39ZA/ART
22 PC-9M
17 AU-23A

Royal Thai Army
3 AH-1F
2 Bell 206/B-3
20 Bell 212, fleet temporarily grounded in July after two crashes
5+3 Ordered Mi-17
6+2 Ordered S-70A/UH-60L
16 Ordered EN480
90 UH-1H/V
6 CH-47D
10 U-17B
40 TH-300C
1+1 Ordered ERJ135R
1 C-212 VIP
2 Beechcraft 1900C
2 King Air 200
6+10 Ordered F480B, deliveries conclude by 2012

Royal Thai Navy
1 F27-200ME MPA
2 F27-200/400M
8 Planned AS500 Fennec
2 CL-215
1 ERJ135LR
2 P-3T
3 Nomad 24
7 Do 228-212
10 Bell 212/214ST
6/2 S-70-B7/MH-60S, two helos delivered in August
4 S-76B
2+2 Ordered Super Lynx 110/300

NOTES: 2012 budget experienced a drop. Donated OV-10 Broncos to the Philippines in January. Requirement for new CSAR helos well overdue. Thailand lost ten dead in three helo crashes in July near the Myanmar border. Plans to acquire 36 new helos to replace Army’s Bell 212 and UH-1 fleets. Thai Navy linked to Z-9EC ASW variant from China.

VIETNAM
Vietnamese People’s Air Force
144 MiG-21L/N/UM
38 Su-22J/K
12+15 Ordered Su-30MK2V, four of 12 new ac delivered in May under $1bil deal signed in 2011
11 Su-27SK/UBK
4 Be-12
20 An-26
1+6 Ordered PZL M-28
3 C-212 1-400 MPA, MSS
6000 system under Police control, first ac delivered in August
5 Ka-25
7 Ka-28
2 Ka-32S
8 W-3S/RM
50 Mi-8/17Sh/172
30 Mi-24A/D
26 L-39C
Vietnam People’s Navy
6 Ordered DH-6, half ac dedicated MPA

NOTES: Planned 2012 defence budget up by 35 percent.

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