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Namibian Air Force
Founded 1994 (Namibia Defence Force Air Wing)
2005 (Namibian Air Force)
Country Namibia
Branch Air Force
Role Air supremacy, Air defense
Part of Namibia Defence Force
Air Force Commander Air vice-marshal Martin Pinehas
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The Namibia Air Force was commissioned on 13 March 2005 at Grootfontein Air Base.[1] The policy, mission statements and concept of operations envisage the development of an Air Force to operate in support of the Army and the Navy.

Five separate roles for Air Force are; surveillance, transport of personnel and transport of supplies/equipment; support to the civil authorities or civil community, and training.[2]

With Grootfontein as the main air base, expansion projects are underway to expand the Keetmanshoop air base, as well as construct a new base at Karibib. This was reported by The Namibian on 20 June 2008.

The policy for the Air Force is to acquire dedicated air assets to undertake the surveillance and transport tasks. The MOD and NDF will train and employ their own pilots and technicians. Co-operation and co-ordination with other Ministries may extend to making such assets available for non-defence tasking. In addition, consideration will be given to arrangements whereby private and other national air assets could be employed where appropriate or necessary.

Aircraft Inventory

Following the independence of Namibia from South Africa in 1991, the Air defence wing of the defence forces were established in 1993-1994.[citation needed] 12 Chengdu F-7 Airguard jets were delivered in 2006 and 2008.[3]

Aircraft Type Versions Numbers In Service Comments
Fighter / Trainer Aircraft
Chengdu F-7 Airguard Fighter/Trainer Total
8 [4]
FT-7NG trainer versions received in November 2006 [5]

All equipped with Grifo-MG radars.

Hongdu K-8 Karakorum Fighter/Trainer K-8 12 [4]


Cessna Skymaster utility FTB.337G
5[citation needed]
Antonov An-26 Curl transport 2
Harbin Y-12 Transport
VIP transport
Y-12[citation needed] 2
Learjet 36 VIP transport Model 36 1[citation needed]
Dassault Falcon 900 VIP transport Falcon 900[citation needed] 1
Mil Mi-25 attack helicopter Mi-25 2[4]
Mil Mi-17 Hip Assault helicopter Mi-17 2[4]
Harbin Z-9 Light Transport helicopter 2[6] no H-700 and H-701
Aérospatiale SA 319 Alouette III light utility SA 319 2
HAL Cheetah light utility 1[7] Indian variant of French Aérospatiale Lama.
no H-703
HAL Chetak light utility 2 Indian variant of French Aérospatiale Alouette III.
no H-705 and H-707

Retired aircraft

Air Force Bases

  • Grootfontein Air Force Base, Grootfontein
  • Keetmanshoop Air Force Base, Keetmanshoop
  • Karibib Air Force Base, Karibib (under consctruction)

Expansion of the Air Force base at Keetmanshoop is planned.[8]


The fighter squadron is the 23rd Namibian Squadron.The 23rd Squadron is the primary air defence unit of the Air Force as it is equipped with the Chengdu F-7 Airguard.The helicopter squadron is the 151st Namibian squadron[9]..


Commissioned officers

The highest rank a commissioned officer can attain in the Air Force during peacetime is Air Vice Marshal. The highest rank in peace time a commissioned officer can attain in the navy is Air Vice Marshal. There may however be an exception when an Air Force officer is appointed as Chief of the Defence Force for which the individual which ascend to the rank of Air Marshal.

  • Air Chief Marshal
  • Air Marshal
  • Air Vice Marshal
  • Air Commodore
  • Group Captain
  • Wing Commander
  • Squadron Leader
  • Flight Lieutenant
  • Flying Officer
  • Pilot Officer

Non-commissioned officers/Other ranks

The highest rank an enlisted member can attain is Warrant Officer Class 1.

  • Warrant Officer Class 1
  • Warrant Officer Class 2
  • Flight Sergeant
  • Sergeant
  • Corporal
  • Leading Aircraftman/Woman
  • Aircraftman/Woman


  • Hoyle, Craig (13–19 December 2011). "World Air Forces Directory". pp. pp. 26–52. ISSN 0015-3710. 

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