Royal Cambodian Air Force

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Royal Cambodian Air Force
Kangtorp Cheung Akas
Royales Cambodgiennes Armée de l'air
Royal Cambodian Air Force roundel.svg
Roundel
Founded 1953
Country Cambodia Kingdom of Cambodia
Type Air Force
Size 2,500 (2010)
Part of Royal Cambodian Armed Forces
Garrison/HQ Phnom Penh
Motto Defending the Kingdom of Cambodia
Anniversaries 9 November 1953
Engagements First Indochina War
Cambodian Civil War
Cambodian–Vietnamese War
Commanders
Current
commander
Soeung Samnang

The Royal Cambodian Air Force is the branch of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces which is charged with operating all military aircraft in Cambodia.

Organization[edit]

The Royal Cambodian Air Force is commanded by Lieutenant General Soeung Samnang, who has four deputy commanders beneath him. The Air Force itself is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of National Defence.

Air Force headquarters are located at Phnom Penh International Airport and is still sign posted Pochentong Air Base.[citation needed] The only operational aircraft at Pochentong Air Base are from the VIP squadron.[citation needed] Maintenance of helicopters is also at Pochentong. The airworthy Mi-8, Mil Mi-26 Halo and Mi-17 helicopters from the helicopter squadron are based at Siem Reap International Airport

History[edit]

During the early 1990 Mi-8, Mil Mi-26 Halo and Mi-17 helicopters entered service with the Air Force, as well as Harbin Y-12 and BN-2 Islander transport aircraft. A VIP transport unit was formed in 1995 using the An-24RV and Beech 200 Super King Air. In 2000 a deal was made with Israeli Aircraft Industries to overhaul MIG 21's and which saw the delivery of L-39C Albatross aircraft for lead in trainers and entered service during 1995–2000.

Aircraft inventory[edit]

Only the Mi-8, Mil Mi-26 Halo, Mi-17 and the Harbin Z-9 helicopters are currently serviceable. The VIP fleet of helicopters and passenger aircraft is under the control of the civilian authorities.

Aircraft inventory[edit]

As of 2012, the backbone of the RCAF inventory consists of:

Fixed-wing aircraft
Aircraft
Origin
Type
Active
Notes
Aero L-39 Albatros  Czech Republic
ground-attack
5[1]
Xian MA60  China
60-seat transport
2[2]
Harbin Y-12  China
Utility transport
2[3]
BN-2A Islander  United Kingdom
Utility Transport
1[4]
Antonov An-24  Soviet Union
Transport aircraft
2[5]
MiG-21  Soviet Union
fighter
20[6]
Tecnam P92  Italy Reconnaissance Training aircraft 5[7]
Helicopters
Aircraft
Origin
Type
Active
Notes
Mil Mi-8/Mil Mi-17  Soviet Union/ Russia
Transport helicopter
7[8]
Mil Mi-26  Soviet Union
Transport helicopter
2[9]
Aérospatiale AS 355 Ecureuil  France
utility helicopter
1[10]
Aérospatiale SA 365 Dauphin  France
utility helicopter
1[11]
Harbin Z-9  China
11 utility helicopter, 2 attack
11[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Hoyle, Craig. "World Air Forces Directory". Flight International, 11–17 December 2012, Vol. 182 No. 5370. pp. 40–64. ISSN 0015-3710.
  • World Aircraft Information Files. Brightstar Publishing, London. File 337 Sheet 05