Namibian Air Force
|Namibian Air Force|
|Founded||1994 (Namibia Defence Force Air Wing)
2005 (Namibian Air Force)
|Role||Air supremacy, Air defense|
|Part of||Namibia Defence Force|
|Air Force Commander||Air vice-marshal Martin Pinehas|
The Namibia Air Force was commissioned on 13 March 2005 at Grootfontein Air Base. The policy, mission statements and concept of operations envisage the development of an Air Force to operate in support of the Army and the Navy.
Five separate roles for Air Force are; surveillance, transport of personnel and transport of supplies/equipment; support to the civil authorities or civil community, and training.
With Grootfontein as the main air base, expansion projects are underway to expand the Keetmanshoop air base, as well as construct a new base at Karibib. This was reported by The Namibian on 20 June 2008.
The policy for the Air Force is to acquire dedicated air assets to undertake the surveillance and transport tasks. The MOD and NDF will train and employ their own pilots and technicians. Co-operation and co-ordination with other Ministries may extend to making such assets available for non-defence tasking. In addition, consideration will be given to arrangements whereby private and other national air assets could be employed where appropriate or necessary.
Following the independence of Namibia from South Africa in 1991, the Air defence wing of the defence forces were established in 1993-1994. 12 Chengdu F-7 Airguard jets were delivered in 2006 and 2008.
|Aircraft||Photo||Orig||Type||Versions||Numbers In Service||Comments|
|Fighter / Trainer Aircraft|
|Chengdu F-7 Airguard||China||Fighter/Trainer||Total
|FT-7NG trainer versions received in November 2006|
|Hongdu K-8 Karakorum||China||Fighter/Trainer||K-8||12|
|Cessna Skymaster||United States||utility||FTB.337G
|Antonov An-26 Curl||Russia||transport||An-26||2||One airframe damaged after crash landing at Omega airstrip while on LAM Mozambique Airlines Flight 470 recovery mission |
|Learjet 36||United States||VIP transport||Model 36||1|
|Dassault Falcon 900||France||VIP transport||Falcon 900||1|
|Mil Mi-25||Russia||attack helicopter||Mi-25||2|
|Mil Mi-17 Hip||Russia||Assault helicopter||Mi-17||2|
|Harbin Z-9||China||Light Transport helicopter||1||no H-700 and H-701, Two delivered.One airframe written off after deadly crash|
|Aérospatiale SA 319 Alouette III||France||light utility||SA 319||2|
|HAL Cheetah||India||light utility||1||Indian variant of French Aérospatiale Lama.
|HAL Chetak||India||light utility||2||Indian variant of French Aérospatiale Alouette III.
no H-705 and H-707
Air Force Bases
- Grootfontein Air Force Base, Grootfontein
- Keetmanshoop Air Force Base, Keetmanshoop
- Karibib Air Force Base, Karibib (under consctruction)
The fighter squadron is the 23rd Namibian Squadron.The 23rd Squadron is the primary air defence unit of the Air Force as it is equipped with the Chengdu F-7 Airguard. The helicopter squadron is the 151st Namibian squadron of the 15th Wing.
The Air Force has deployed numerous times to help civic authorities during disasters.
The Air force Participated in the Second Congo War. Harbin Y-12 Transport aircraft where utilized on logistics supply runs to the DRC as well as withdrawing Namibian troops at the end of the War.Two Namibian Allouette helicopters crashed in mid air while on operations during the war due to bad weather.The accident claimed nine lives including two Namibian pilots and three technicians. During the 2014 floods at Tokwe-Murkosi in Masvingo, Zimbabwe the air force deployed a flight consisting of one Harbin Z-9 and two Allouette's to assist with the evacuation of the affected people. The mission lasted seven days in which 600 residents were airlifted to safety as well as 56 tons of goods and belongings.
The highest rank a commissioned officer can attain in the Air Force during peacetime is Air Vice Marshal. There may however be an exception when an Air Force officer is appointed as Chief of the Defence Force for which the individual which ascend to the rank of Air Marshal.
- Air Chief Marshal
- Air Marshal
- Air Vice Marshal
- Air Commodore
- Group Captain
- Wing Commander
- Squadron Leader
- Flight Lieutenant
- Flying Officer
- Pilot Officer
Non-commissioned officers/Other ranks
The highest rank an enlisted member can attain is Warrant Officer Class 1.
- Warrant Officer Class 1
- Warrant Officer Class 2
- Flight Sergeant
- Leading Aircraftman
- http://www.mod.gov.na/n_item1.htm Accessed 2007/07/27
- http://www.mod.gov.na Accessed 2007/07/27
- Hopwood, Graham (February 2012). "Flying high". insight Namibia.
- Hoyle Flight International 13–19 December 2011, p. 44.
- http://cnair.top81.cn/F-7_J-7_J-8.htm Accessed 2007/07/27
- HAL bags $10 mn order for Chetak, Cheetah from Namibia
- Parliament of Namibia, Summary of Development and Investment Expenditure by Vote, Inside/Outside SRF - Vote Code 8: Defence. Retrieved August 2010
- Hoyle, Craig (13–19 December 2011). "World Air Forces Directory". Flight International 180 (5321): pp. 26–52. ISSN 0015-3710.
- http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/namibia.pdf - Namibian Air Force unofficial summary