Rwandan Air Force

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Rwandan Air Force
Coat of arms of Rwanda.svg
Coat of arms of Rwanda
Country Rwanda
BranchAir force
RoleAerial warfare
Size21 Helicopters, and 2 Fixed Wing

The Rwandan Air Force (French: Force aérienne rwandaise) is an air branch of the Rwandan Defence Forces.


After achieving independence in 1962, the air arm was formed with Belgian help. By 1972 the first modern equipment started to arrive in the form of seven Alouette IIIs. Other deliveries included SA 342L Gazelles, Britten-Norman Islanders, Nord Noratlas, SOCATA Guerrier armed light planes and AS 350B Ecureuils. After fighting began between the RPA and the government in 1990 most aircraft were shot down, destroyed on the ground or crashed. Few survived.

Current inventory[edit]

A Rwandan Air Force Mil Mi-17
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Diamond DA42 Austria transport 2[1]
Mil Mi-17 Russia utility 12[1]
Mil Mi-24 Russia attack 5[1]
Aérospatiale Gazelle France utility 342 4[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "World Air Forces 2019". Flightglobal Insight. 2019. Retrieved 12 May 2019.

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