Djibouti Air Force

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Djiboutian Air Force
Roundel of Djibouti.svg
Djibouti Air Force Roundel
CountryDjibouti Djibouti
TypeAir force
RoleAerial warfare
Size370 personnel
Part ofDjibouti Armed Forces
HeadquartersDjibouti City
ColorsLight Brown, Brown, Blue
Equipment16 Aircraft
Fin FlashFlag of Djibouti.svg
Aircraft flown
AttackMil Mi-24
PatrolCessna 206
TransportLet L-410 Turbolet, Harbin Y-12, Mil Mi-8, Xian MA60, C-23 Sherpa

The Djiboutian Air Force (DAF) (French: Force Aérienne du Djibouti (FAdD)), (Somali: Ciidanka Cirka Jabuuti) is the Air Force of Djibouti. It was established as part of the Djibouti Armed Forces after the country obtained its independence on June 27, 1977. The first aircraft included three Nord N.2501 Noratlas transport aircraft, as well as a French Allouette II helicopter. The Djibouti Air Force is mandated with protecting Djibouti's airspace, and in assisting ground forces.


In 1982, the Djibouti Air Force was augmented by two Eurocopter AS355 Écureuil 2 helicopters and a Cessna 206 followed in 1985 by a Cessna 402C Utiliner. In 1985 the Aérospatiale Alouette III was withdrawn from use and put on display at Ambouli Air Base as Djibouti's airport is called. Two years later the three Nord Noratlas were also put aside and given back to France later. New equipment came in 1991 by means of a Cessna 208 Caravan followed by all the Russian types in the early nineties. They included four Mi 2, six Mi 8 and two Mi 17 helicopters and a single Antonov An-28 light transport aircraft. Pilot training, if necessary, is conducted in France and continued on the type of flying at home, although demand for new pilots is low with only approximately 310 men in the Djiboutian Air Force. As of 2018, the Air Force had a strength of 360 personnel, and operated a small number of transport aircraft and helicopters.[1]


A Djiboutian Mi-35 on a taxiway
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Xian MA60 China transport MA60H-500 2[2]
Harbin Y-12 China transport Y-12E 2[2]
Cessna 208 United States utility transport 1[3]
Let L-410 Czech Republic transport 1[3]
Short C-23 Sherpa United Kingdom transport 2 former US Army aircraft[4]
Mil Mi-17 Russia utility / transport 2[3]
Mil Mi-24 Russia attack Mi-35 2[3]
Eurocopter AS355 France utility 1[3]
Eurocopter AS365 France utility 4[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ IISS (2016), p. 432
  2. ^ a b c "Djibouti Air Force gets two Y-12s; Dauphin helicopters". defenceWeb. 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e "World Air Forces 2015 pg. 14". Flightglobal Insight. 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  4. ^ [1]
Works consulted
  • International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) (2012). The Military Balance 2012. London: IISS. ISSN 0459-7222.