Equipment of the United States Air Force

The equipment of the United States Air Force can be subdivided into: aircraft, ammunition, weapons, satellites, and ground vehicles.


Name Type Versions Picture
AGM-65 Air-to-surface
AGM-86 Air-to-surface cruise missile
AGM-88 Air-to-surface anti-radiation missile
AGM-130 Air-to-surface missile
AGM-154 Glide bomb
AGM-158 Air-to-surface cruise missile
AIM-7 Medium-range air-to-air missile
AIM-9 Short-range air-to-air missile
AIM-120 Medium-range air-to-air missile
LGM-30 Intercontinental ballistic missile
B61 Thermonuclear bomb
B83 Thermonuclear bomb
CBU-87 Cluster bomb
CBU-89 Cluster bomb
CBU-97 Cluster bomb
GBU-12 Laser-guided bomb
GBU-24 Laser-guided bomb
GBU-27 Laser-guided bomb
GBU-28 Laser-guided bomb
GBU-43 MOAB Air blast bomb
GBU-57 MOP "Bunker Buster" bomb
Mk-82 General purpose bomb
Mk-84 General purpose bomb


Name Type Versions Ammunition Used by Picture
Aircraft guns
GAU-8 Avenger Seven-barrelled Gatling gun 30 mm A-10/OA-10 Thunderbolt II
M61 Six-barrelled Gatling gun 20 mm F-15 Eagle
F-16 Fighting Falcon
F-22 Raptor
GAU-16 12.7 mm UH-1 Iroquois
GAU-17 Six-barrelled Gatling gun 7.62 mm HH-60 Pave Hawk
UH-1 Iroquois
M240 7.62 mm UH-1 Iroquois
Small arms
M2 machine gun .50 BMG
M4 carbine 5.56×45mm NATO
MP5 submachine gun Multiple (9×19mm Parabellum, 10mm Auto MP5/10, or .40 S&W M5/40)
Beretta M9 9×19mm Parabellum
M11 pistol 9×19mm Parabellum
M16A2 rifle 5.56×45mm NATO
M240 machine gun 7.62×51mm NATO
M249 machine gun 5.56×45mm NATO




Name Type Versions Quantity Notes Picture
Launch vehicles
Atlas V EELV/Medium-heavy launch vehicle
Delta II
Delta IV
Defense Satellite Communications System Communications satellite 9
Defense Support Program Reconnaissance satellites Infrared sensors for missile launch detection and warning
Global Positioning System Navigation and timing satellite 30
Milstar Communications satellite 5
Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Meteorology surveillance
Orbital Vehicles
Boeing X-37B Unmanned reusable spaceplane 2

Ground vehicles

Name Type Versions Quantity Picture
Humvee Armored car
R-5 Refueler Aircraft refuel vehicle
R-9 Refueler Aircraft refuel vehicle
R-11 Refueler Aircraft refuel vehicle
C300 Ground refuel vehicle


Current attire
Type Name Pattern Full pattern Notes
Digitalized tigerstripe Airman Battle Uniform (ABU)
Flight suit Pilots, air crews and missile crews wear olive green or desert tan one-piece flight suits made of Nomex for fire protection.
Physical Training Uniform Consists of shorts, T-shirt, jacket and pants.
Service dress uniform Consists of a three-button coat, similar to that of a men's "sport jacket" (with silver "U.S." pins on the lapels), matching trousers, and either a service cap or flight cap, all in Shade 1620, "Air Force Blue" (a darker purplish-blue). This is worn with a light blue shirt (Shade 1550) and Shade 1620 herringbone patterned necktie. Enlisted members wear sleeve insignia on both the jacket and shirt, while officers wear metal rank insignia pinned onto the coat, and Air Force Blue slide-on epaulet loops on the shirt.
Mess dress Consists of a dark blue mess jacket and matching trousers with antiqued silver buttons, miniature medals, blue bow-tie and cummerbund, and shoulder boards and silver wrist braids for officers. When wearing the blue tie and cummerbund, the uniform is considered equivalent to black-tie formal wear. For white-tie occasions, a white bow-tie and waistcoat are worn.

Other equipment

See also

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