Malagasy Air Force

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Malagasy Air Force
Roundel of Madagascar.svg
Active1961- Present
Part ofMilitary of Madagascar
Aircraft flown
AttackMiG-17, MiG-21
HelicopterAérospatiale Alouette II
TrainerHumbert Tétras, Aero Synergie J300 Joker
TransportYakovlev Yak-40, Boeing 737, Antonov An-26
A MiG-17 of the Malagasy Air Force
Some Derelict Malagasy MiG-21Us

The Malagasy Air Force (French: Armée de l'Air Malgache) (Malagasy: Tafika Anabakabaka Malagasy) is the aerial warfare branch of the armed forces of Madagascar.


Madagascar has a small air force (Armée de l'Air Malgache) which mostly relies on its decaying MiG-17s.[1] Transport is performed by a single An-26 and two Yakovlev Yak-40s Transport is also supplemented by some Alouette IIs. Training is performed by the Aero Synergie J300 fleet. A number of MiG-17s as well as transport aircraft are in "open storage" at Ivato Airport outside Antananarivo.[2] The Madagascar Air Force has retired its MiG-21s and they are also in "open storage". Madagascar has many "bone yards" where old aircraft wrecks are stored.[3] The principal arms suppliers are the USSR, USA and France. in 1979 North Korea donated 4 MiG-21F's, one MiG-21UB and one MiG-17F as well as mechanics and spare parts.


Current inventory[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Combat Aircraft
Mikoyan MiG-29 USSR Fighter Unknown
Mikoyan MiG-17 USSR fighter MiG-17F 2[4]
Antonov An-26 USSR Transport 1[4]
Cessna 337 Skymaster United States Transport 2[4]
Yakovlev Yak-40 USSR VIP Transport 2[4]
Boeing 737 United States VIP Transport 2[4]
Cessna 310 United States Communications 1[4]
Piper Aztec United States Communications PA-23-250 Aztec D 1[4]
Aérospatiale Alouette II France Multi-purpose helicopter 4[4]
Mil Mi-8 USSR Utility helicopter 2[4]
Trainer Aircraft
Cessna 172 Skyhawk United States primary trainer 172M 4[4]
Aero Synergie J300 Joker France primary trainer 2[4]
Humbert Tétras France primary trainer 1[4]

Retired Aircraft: Mikoyan MiG-21 Douglas DC-3, Aérospatiale Alouette III, Douglas C-53, Britten-Norman Defender, Cessna 337, Bell 47, Max Holste Broussard, Aero Commander 500.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ansar (2013-05-26). "World Military and Police Forces: Madagascar". World Military and Police Forces. Archived from the original on 2018-05-20. Retrieved 2018-05-19.
  2. ^ "Madagascar Air Force Boneyard: Tragic end of Douglas C-47s, Mig-21s and Antonovs - The Dakota Hunter". The Dakota Hunter. 2016-11-23. Archived from the original on 2018-04-07. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  3. ^ Pike, John. "Madagascar Air Force / Armée de l'Air Malgache". Archived from the original on 2018-04-07. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Pike, John. [ "Madagascar Air Force / Arm�e de l'Air Malgache"]. Archived from the original on 2018-06-13. Retrieved 2018-07-02. replacement character in |title= at position 27 (help)

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