Central African Republic Air Force

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Central African Republic Air Force
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Roundel
Founded 1961
Country  Central African Republic
Branch Air Force
Part of Central African Republic Armed Forces

The Central African Republic Air Force (French: Force Aérienne Centrafricaine) is the aerial warfare branch of the Central African Republic Armed Forces.

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.[1] 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 USA.[2] The air force otherwise operates several light aircraft, including a single helicopter:

Aircraft Origin Type Versions In service[3] Notes
Aermacchi AL-60  Italy utility AL-60C-5 Conestoga 6
Britten-Norman Islander  United Kingdom Utility BN-2 2 [4]
Eurocopter AS 350 Ecureuil  France utility helicopter AS 350B 1[4] Acquired in 1987

References[edit]

  1. ^ – Inter-agency Mission to Birao (CAR): 16 to 23 January 2007
  2. ^ – Centrafrique : Bozizé ou la chronique d’une chute annoncée, 2004
  3. ^ "World Military Aircraft Inventory", Aerospace Source Book 2007, Aviation Week & Space Technology, January 15, 2007.
  4. ^ a b Hoyle Flight International 13–19 December 2011, p. 36.
  • 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

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