The air forces in European countries are known to be very strong, especially when it comes to comparing them to regions like the US. They have expanded quite a lot especially under WWII. One thing to note about armament info regarding air forces is that there’s not a lot of public data. Due to security reasons, information like this is private and well away from public eyes, which is rather understandable.

Germany

One thing to note about Germany weapon sales is the fact that they have decreased to $1277 million in 2018 from around $1980 million in 2017. It’s clear that the trend is now more focused on peacefulness, but there are still a lot of guns being traded often, especially in the air force world. In 2012, the German Air Force had 28475 active soldiers and 465 aircrafts, with more being on the way. The latest addition to the German air forces was the IAI Eitan, which costs around $35 million to make.

Austria

At this time, Austria doesn’t have the inventory that other countries have. They use the Eurofighter as a combat aircraft, Pilatus PC-6 and C-130 Hercules for transportation and they also have the trainer aircrafts Saab 105 and Pilatus PC-7. They also rely a lot on air defense systems like the Mobile MRCS-403 Systems or the Mobile RAC 3D Systems. Another notable purchase is the 35 mm Twin-barreled Anti-Air Gun Model 85 or the Light Anti-Air Guided Missile Mistral.

Italy

The Italian Air Force has a personnel of around 43000 hires and 716 aircraft units. They mostly use the Eurofighter Typhoon, F-35 Lightning II, AMX International and the Panavia Tornado as combat units. For reconnaissance they rely on the Super King Air and in the case of electronic warfare they usually go with the Panavia Tornado and Alenia C-27J.

Switzerland

Switzerland has always been a small country that maintained its neutrality. They have the Swiss Air Force, and they had 450 aircraft units throughout the years. Right now they have 1600 career military professionals. The country’s defense has 53 Northrop F-5 Tiger IIs units and McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornets. It’s important to note that most of the military force here are reservists.

Netherlands

The Royal Netherlands Air Force was created in 1953 and they have multiple bases all over the country, including specialized tactical operation bases. They have 3 F-35 Lightning II units with 37 more on order and 60 F-16 Fighting Falcons as combat aircrafts. They only have a single KC-10 Extender tanker and a few transport units like the Gulfstream IV, Dornier Do 228 or the C-130 Hercules. However, they do have lots of helicopters and trainer aircrafts. While they don’t have any UAVs, they do have 4 of the MQ-9 Reaper on order.


Conclusion

It’s easy to see that each country in Europe has its own dedicated air force system. Not all of them are equally prepared, with some countries like Switzerland taking a very specific and rather neutral stance. Nevertheless, it’s easy to see that these countries are prepared for attacks, and some even have their own surveillance systems and units in place.