According to the defence ministry of Kiev as of November 14, since the start of the conflict, its forces had destroyed 1,509 unmanned air vehicles, 261 helicopters, and 278 hostile planes.
The Cirium fleets data that powers FlightGlobal’s 2023 World Air Forces directory shows only minor changes to the combatants’ inventories compared to last year’s report due to the challenges associated with identifying specific destroyed aircraft to the serial number level solely from images taken in an active warzone. In reality, Russia’s total of 4,182, which places it second only to the USA, represents an increase of nine, while Ukraine’s total of 312 is a decrease of six units. With a numerical advantage of between 19% of all combat aircraft, 28% of combat helicopters, and 77% of tankers, the USA owns 25% of all operational military aircraft. According to Cirium data, its 13,300 aircraft are more than the combined assets of second- to sixth-ranked Russia, China, India, South Korea, and Japan.