Al Dhafra Air Base

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Al Dhafra Air Base
قاعدة الظفرة الجوية
Al Dhafra, Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates
A United Arab Emirates Air Force F-16E Desert Falcon of the type based at Al Dhafra AB.
A United Arab Emirates Air Force F-16E Desert Falcon of the type based at Al Dhafra AB.
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Al Dhafra AB is located in United Arab Emirates
Al Dhafra AB
Al Dhafra AB
Location in the United Arab Emirates
Coordinates24°14′24″N 054°32′54″E / 24.24000°N 54.54833°E / 24.24000; 54.54833Coordinates: 24°14′24″N 054°32′54″E / 24.24000°N 54.54833°E / 24.24000; 54.54833
TypeUAE Air Force base
Site information
OwnerUnited Arab Emirates Armed Forces
OperatorUnited Arab Emirates Air Force (UAEAF)
Controlled byWestern Air Command
ConditionOperational
Site history
Built1983 (1983)
In use1983 – present
Garrison information
Garrison
Airfield information
IdentifiersIATA: DHF, ICAO: OMAM
Elevation23 metres (75 ft) AMSL
Runways
Direction Length and surface
13L/31R 3,661 metres (12,011 ft) Asphalt
13R/31L 3,661 metres (12,011 ft) Asphalt
Sources: World Aero Data[1]

Al Dhafra Air Base (Arabic:قاعدة الظفرة الجوية) (IATA: DHF, ICAO: OMAM) is a military installation in the United Arab Emirates. The base is located approximately 20 mi (32 km) south of Abu Dhabi and is operated by the United Arab Emirates Air Force.

Facilities[edit]

The airport resides at an elevation of 77 ft (23 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways, 13L/31R and 13R/31L, each having an asphalt surface measuring 3,661 m × 46 m (12,011 ft × 151 ft).[1]

Role and operations[edit]

United Arab Emirates Air Force[edit]

The air base is the headquarters of the Western Air Command of the United Arab Emirates Air Force. It hosts the UAE Air Force Fighter Wing, comprising the 1st Shaheen Squadron, 2nd Shaheen Squadron, and 3rd Shaheen Squadron which are equipped with the Lockheed Martin F-16E/F Desert Falcon). The base is also home to the 71st and 76th Fighter Squadrons which operate the Dassault Mirage 2000-9EAD/DAD.

Military intervention against ISIL[edit]

United States[edit]

Two R-11 fuel trucks refuel an E-3 Sentry at the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing during 2009.
Two R-11 fuel trucks refuel an E-3 Sentry at the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing during 2009.

Al Dhafra hosts the United States Air Force's 380th Air Expeditionary Wing (380 AEW), which was established at the base on 25 January 2002.[2] The 380 AEW's mission is to carry out combat operations to provide high-altitude all-weather intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, airborne command and control and air-refueling for the military intervention against ISIL/ISIS (known by the US military as Operation Inherent Resolve) and NATO led operations in Afghanistan (Operation Resolute Support).[2] The wing is known to have operated the F-15C Eagle, F-15E Strike Eagle, F-22A Raptor, KC-10A Extender, E-3 Sentry (AWACS) U-2S Dragon Lady and EQ-4 and RQ-4 Global Hawk.[3][4][2] The first USAF F-35 Lightning II deployed to the Middle East was deployed to Al Dhafra Air Base in April 2019.[5]

The US military presence at the base was only acknowledged officially by the US Air Force in August 2017, despite the US military being present since the early 1990s.[6]

France[edit]

On 1 September 2008 the French Air Force opened their own military settlement within the northwest corner of the base operating Dassault Rafales and Boeing C-135FR Stratolifters.[citation needed]

Also due to the military intervention against ISIL/ISIS, the French have also deployed Breguet Atlantique II maritime patrol aircraft as part of Opération Chammal.[7]

Based units[edit]

Notable units based at Al Dhafra Air Base.

United Arab Emirates Air Force[edit]

Western Air Command

  • Fighter Wing[8]
    • 71 Squadron – Mirage 2000-9EAD/9DAD
    • 76 Squadron – Mirage 2000-9EAD/9DAD
    • 1st Shaheen Squadron – F-16E/F Desert Falcon
    • 2nd Shaheen Squadron – F-16E/F Desert Falcon
    • 3rd Shaheen Squadron – F-16E/F Desert Falcon

United States Air Force[edit]

Air Combat Command

The 380th AEW is also known to operate the EQ-4B and RQ-4B Global Hawk.

United States Army[edit]

US Army Forces Command

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Airport information for OMAM Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  2. ^ a b c d "380th Air Expeditionary Wing". US Air Forces Central Command. US Air Force. 17 May 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  3. ^ AirForces Monthly. Stamford, Lincolnshire, England: Key Publishing Ltd. September 2014. p. 7.
  4. ^ AirForces Monthly. Stamford, Lincolnshire, England: Key Publishing Ltd. May 2015. p. 56.
  5. ^ The National (17 April 2019). "US Air Force sends next generation fighter jets to UAE".
  6. ^ Pawlyk, Oriana (28 August 2017). "Air Force Acknowledges Clandestine Base in UAE". Military.com. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  7. ^ AirForces Monthly. Stamford, Lincolnshire, England: Key Publishing Ltd. November 2014. p. 4.
  8. ^ "Armed Forces Overviews – United Arab Emirates Air Force". Scramble. Scramble / Dutch Aviation Society. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  9. ^ 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs (19 June 2019). "Al Dhafra welcomes new Air Warfare Center commander". US Air Forces Central Command. US Air Force. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  10. ^ Thornbury, Staff Sgt. Chris (27 October 2019). "Refueling the refuelers". U.S. Air Forces Central Command. US Air Force. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  11. ^ Ford, Tech. Sgt. Jocelyn A. (18 July 2019). "380 AEW AWACS provide the big picture to combatant commanders". US Air Forces Central Command. US Air Force. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  12. ^ Cannady, Tech. Sgt. Darnell T. (29 December 2018). "REDHORSE and Prime BEEF building up ADAB". US Air Forces Central Command. US Air Force. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  13. ^ Cannady, Tech. Sgt. Darnell T. (13 February 2019). "1-43 ADA defends ADAB's skies". US Air Forces Central Command. US Air Force. Retrieved 4 January 2020.

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