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Libyan Air Force

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The Libyan Air Force (Arabic: القوات الجوية الليبية‎) is the branch of the Libyan military responsible for aerial warfare. The Libyan Air Force personnel strength is 18,000, with an inventory of ? combat capable aircraft operating from 13 military airbases in Libya.

The air force was first established as the Royal Libyan Air Force (Arabic: Al Quwwat al Jawwiya al Malakiya al Libiyya) in 1951. It was originally equipped with a small number of transports and trainers. However, the first fighters were delivered in 1967. In 1970 it changed its name to the Libyan Air Force. From 1970 a significant expansion of the air force took place, with a large number of Soviet and some French combat aircraft being purchased.


Aircraft Inventory[edit]

Combat Aircraft[edit]

  • Dassault Rafale C/B x 18 (Multirole Fighter)
  • Mikoyan MiG-29SMT x 20 (Multirole Fighter)
  • Soko G-21 Jastreb x 13 (Light Attack Aircraft)
  • Sukhoi Su-22 x 40 (Strike Aircraft)
  • Sukhoi Su-24 x 4 (Strike Aircraft)
  • Sukhoi Su-35S x 12 (Air Superiority Fighter)

ELINT Aircraft[edit]

  • ATR-42MP Surveyor x 4 (Maritime Patrol Aircraft)

Transport Aircraft[edit]

  • Antonov An-26 x 10
  • Antonov An-124 x 2
  • Dassault Falcon 20 x 3
  • Dassault Falcon 50 x 1
  • Grumman Gulfstream II x 1
  • Ilyushin Il-76 x 17
  • Ilyushin Il-78 x 4
  • Let L-410 x 15
  • Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules x 10 (Tactical Transport)

Helicopters[edit]

  • Agusta-Westland AW139 x 1
  • Bell UH-1N Twin Huey x 2
  • Boeing CH-47 Chinook x 8
  • Eurocopter AS350 Ecureuil x 10
  • Eurocopter EC665 Tiger x 12
  • Eurocopter EC725 Caracal x 15
  • Mil Mi-8 x 25
  • Mil Mi-14 x 12
  • Mil Mi-17 x 6
  • Mil Mi-24 x 43
  • PZL Kania x 1

Training Aircraft[edit]

  • Aermacchi SF260WL x 20
  • Aero L-39ZO Albatros x 110
  • Bell 206 JetRanger x 4
  • Soko G-2 Galeb x 116
  • Yakovlev Yak-130 x 6
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