Air force yearly F-16 attrition rate
This graph compares the average yearly F-16 attrition rate between different air forces. The average yearly attrition rate is calcualted as the total fleet attrition rate, divided by the number of years the F-16 has been operated by each air force. This allows us to compare the attrition rate between different air forces. Each value represents the fraction of the total inventory lost on average per year. The attrition rate is calculated as a percentage of the total inventory delivered to an air force.
Disclaimer: This report is generated in real-time from our F-16 Aircraft Database. We strive to keep our database up-to-date and complete, nevertheless for some countries data is hard to verify (e.g. accuracy for the Middle East is only 90%). Please contact us if you have any questions or feedback.
- Horizontal Axis: Average yearly F-16 attrition, in percent
- Vertical Axis: Different Air forces operating the F-16
- Series: The blue bars represent the average anual F-16 attrition rate per air force
Before we start analyzing the data, it's important to note that our attrition data for countries like Egypt and Israel are partially incomplete - actual numbers are likely to be higher. Since these countries are below average on this graph and have sizeable inventories, the worldwide fleet average is probably underestimated on this graph. In fact, you would expect USAF to represent the worldwide fleet average, simply because it represents more than 50% of the worldwide fleet.
That being said, one interesting observation is that most of the longer-term F-16 operators have above-average anual attrition, while many of the younger F-16 operators have below-average annual attrition rates. Airframe age is unlikely to be a factor, since F-16s have strict lifetime limitations and are retired or receive a service life extension when they near their end-of-service-life. Two explanations remain:
The notable exception, as already mentioned in previous reports, is the Italian Air Force (AMI), with an annual attrition rate of 2.45% - nearly eight times the worldwide average. One mitigating factor is that the AMI is only operating a small number of leased F-16 ADF aircraft - so even a few mishaps would already translate into a high attrition rate.