Central African Republic Air Force

Summary

Central African Air Force
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Central African Republic Air Force toundel
Founded1961; 60 years ago (1961)
Country Central African Republic
TypeAir force
RoleAerial warfare
Part ofCentral African Armed Forces
Equipment3 aircraft[1]
Insignia
Fin flashFlag of the Central African Republic.svg

The Central African Republic Air Force (French: Force Aérienne Centrafricaine) is the aerial warfare branch of the Central African Republic Armed Forces. As of 2017 it has been a branch of the Ground Force.[2]

The Air Force is reported to be almost inactive due to the unserviceability of its aircraft. Dassault Mirage F1s of the French Air Force regularly patrol troubled regions of the country and also participate in direct confrontations.[3] According to some sources, former President François Bozizé used the money he got from the mining concession in Bakouma to buy two old Mil Mi-8 helicopters from Ukraine and one Lockheed C-130 Hercules, built in the 1950s, from the U.S.[4] The air force otherwise operates several light aircraft, including a single helicopter.

Aircraft

Current inventory

Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Transport
Britten-Norman BN-2 United Kingdom transport 2[5]
Helicopters
Eurocopter AS350 France utility / liaison AS350B 1[5]

References

Notes

  1. ^ https://www.globalfirepower.com/country-military-strength-detail.asp?country_id=central-african-republic. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Central African Republic - CIA World Factbook
  3. ^ – Inter-agency Mission to Birao (CAR): 16 to 23 January 2007
  4. ^ – Centrafrique : Bozizé ou la chronique d’une chute annoncée, 2004 Archived October 8, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b "World Air Forces 2021". FlightGlobal. 4 December 2020. Retrieved 5 January 2021.

Bibliography

  • Hoyle, Craig. "World Air Forces Directory". Flight International, Vol. 180 No. 5321, 13–19 December 2011. pp. 26–52.
  • World Aircraft Information Files. Brightstar Publishing, London. File 338 Sheet 02

External links

  • Photo of AS-350B Ecureuil TL-KAZ Archived 2020-06-28 at the Wayback Machine