Central African Republic Air Force
|Central African Republic Air Force|
|Country||Central African Republic|
|Part of||Central African Republic Armed Forces|
The Central African Republic Air Force (French: Force Aérienne Centrafricaine) is the aerial warfare branch of the Central African Republic Armed Forces. As of 2017 it has been a branch of the Ground Force.
The Air Force is reported to be almost inactive due to the unserviceability of its aircraft. Dassault Mirage F1s of the French Air Force regularly patrol troubled regions of the country and also participate in direct confrontations. According to some sources, former President François Bozizé used the money he got from the mining concession in Bakouma to buy two old Mil Mi-8 helicopters from Ukraine and one Lockheed C-130 Hercules, built in the 1950s, from the U.S. The air force otherwise operates several light aircraft, including a single helicopter.
|AS350||France||utility / liaison||AS350B||2|
|Mi-8||USSR||utility||1||Stored at Bangui Airport|
|EMB 312||Brazil||Trainer||2|
|Dassault Mirage F1||France||Interceptor||Unconfirmed||Acquired from France|
|Douglas A-1 Skyraider||USA||Ground attack||7||Acquired from France|
|Sud Aviation Caravelle||France||VIP Transport||1|
|Dassault Falcon (Mystere) 20||France||VIP Transport||1|
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