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Aircraft Inventory
1985 1990 1995 2000 2005 2008 2010 2015 2020 2025 2030
Troops of National Air Defense (PVO) merged with Air Force in 1998
TOTAL A/C 11,070 10,470 7,735 7,550 6,785 1,715 ? ? ? ... ...
 
Fighters 1,620 1,520 1,290 1,405 1,390 822 795 672 662 652 702
5th Generation .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 10 60 150 200
Su T-50 PAK FA - - - - - - - 10 60 150 200
MiG LMFS - - - - - - - - ? ... ...
4th Generation 830 830 625 980 975 792 795 662 498 398 398
MiG-35 Fulcrum - - - - - - - - 37 37 37
MiG-29SMT Fulcrum - - - - - 15 15 44 44 44 44
MiG-29 Fulcrum 540 540 325 260 255 266 266 196 100 - -
MiG-31BM Foxhound - - - - - 2 10 ? 30 ? 60 60 60
MiG-31 Foxhound 200 200 200 370 370 188 180 170 68 68 68
Su-35S Flanker - - - - - - - 25 100 100 100
Su-30 Flanker - - - - - - - 30 30 30 30
Su-27SM Flanker - - - - - 6 24 57 57 57 57
Su-27 Flanker 90 90 100 350 350 315 300 110 - - -
3rd Generation 790 690 665 425 415 30 - - - - -
MiG-25 Foxbat 40 40 15 15 5 30 - - - - -
MiG-23 Flogger 700 600 600 400 400 - - - - - -
MiG-21 Fishbed 50 50 50 10 10 - - - - - -
Ground Attack 2,270 2,155 1,225 1,085 990 600 510 310 204 204 214
Su-34 Fullback - - - - - 4 10 59 124 124 124
MiG-27 Flogger 500 500 150 150 100 - - - - - -
MiG-21 Fishbed 135 50 50 50 50 - - - - - -
Su-24 Fencer 630 630 500 360 350 400 300 150 0 - -
Su-17 Fitter 535 535 200 200 190 - - - - - -
Su-7 Fitter 130 100 100 100 100 - - - - - -
Su-25TM/39 Frogfoot - - - - - - - - 0 0 10
Su-25 Frogfoot 340 340 225 225 200 200 200 100 80 80 80
DRLO [AEW] - - - 20 20 19 19 19 22 28 31
A-100 Mainstay - - - - - - - - 3 6 9
A-50 Mainstay - - - 20 20 19 19 19 19 19 -
AN-72 Coaler 2 - - - - - - - - - -
Reconnaissance 785 665 430 250 255 170 125 50 0 ... ...
MiG-21 Fishbed 50 10 10 10 10 - - - - - -
MiG-25 Foxbat 170 170 70 70 60 70 50 25 0 ... ...
Su-17 Fitter 190 110 50 50 40 - - - - - -
Su-24 Fencer 225 225 150 120 145 100 75 25 0 ... ...
Yak-28 Firebar 150 150 150 - - - - - - - -
ECM 60 60 60 60 60 - ? ? ? ... ...
Su-24 Fencer 10 10 10 - - - - - - - -
Yak-28 Firebar 50 50 50 - - - - - - - -
Mi-8 Mi-8 - - - 60 60 - - - - - -
Training 2,000 2,000 1,140 1,140 980 980 650 450 350 ... ...
L-39 336 300 100 - - -
Yak-130 - - - - - 10 50 ? 150 250 ... ...
Other 634 300 200 100 ... ...
Reserves - - - - - - ? ? ? ... ...
Decommissioned/In Storage 2,200 2,200 2,200 2,200 1,700 - ? ? ? ... ...

The outyear projections should not be taken too seriously, since the Russians themselves seem not to know from month to month how many planes of what type they might purchase.

There are some evident discrepancies in some of these time series that are not immediately explicable. These numbers represent a consolidlation of data from a variety of sources, including the frustratingly inconsistent data provided by IISS. Troops of National Air Defense (PVO) merged with Air Force in 1998, which is reflected in some changes between 1995 and 2000. Otherwise, in the face of an almost complete procurement holiday from 1992 through 2007, aircraft holdings should be expected to go down, not up, and any reports to the contrary are immediately suspect. In some cases this may reflect an increase in active aircraft, as airframes could be taken out of storage and placed back into service.




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