Fuerza Aérea - Armed Forces of Equatorial Guinea
(Fuerzas Armadas de Guinea Ecuatorial)
The branch of the Air Force National Guard of Equatorial Guinea it has been expanding rapidly in recent years, after a period of virtual non-existence. Recent additions undertake two Aero L-39s, four Su-25s and two Mi-24s, all former Ukraine. The Air Wing of the Equatorial Guinea National Guard numbered around 100-200 men and operated a small number of planes and helicopters. Cochrane and Elliott [Military Aircraft Insignia of the World] reports that it uses the National Flag as fin flash.
At one time all aircraft were reportedly based on the military side of Malabo International Airport. Recent overhead imagery discloses a couple of Antonov transports on a spacious tarmac that is otherwise devoid of aircraft. Recent satellite imagery of Bata International Airport discloses a dozen or so assorted passenger aircraft, most of which appear inactive. There is no "military side" to this airport, though the makings of a new tarmac were visible at the north end of the runway. "The number of paved airports in Equatorial Guinea can be counted on one hand, and as such the number of airplanes operated by the air force is small.
Despite being one of the smallest countries in continental Africa, both in populaitn and area, Equatorial Guinea has a new and growing air force with relatively modern equipment. The capital Malabo on Bioko Island contains most of the 500,000 Guineans and is the main base of the Guinean air force. The structure and bases the National Guard used Malabo Equatorial Guinea as its principal function, but also has a separation in Bata with gun ships Mi-24. The presidential fleet of VIP reports directly to headquarters and carries civil marks. The newly acquired Su-25s, Mi-24 and L-39 bear the marks Squadron (a leopard) and operate in squadrons whose exact appointment remains unknown.
In its air force the most noteworthy aircraft are its 4 Sukhoi Su-25 K and its 6 Mil-24, although the operational status of their fighters and their attack helicopters is unknown. The Air Wing also boasts several Antonov, two AN-72 and an AN-32. Another curiosity is that it has a number of presidential transports, which devices in its air force the dictator has about ten air transport facilities between helicopters and planes. Sukhoi Su-25 (designation NATO: "Frogfoot") is a single seat two motor aircraft jet developed in the Soviet Union by the Office of design Sukhoi. It was designed to provide support air close to the forces terrestrial Soviet. The first prototype made its maiden flight on 22 February 1975. After testing, the aircraft entered series production in 1978 in Tbilisi in the Soviet Republic of Georgia. Russian air and ground forces dubbed "Grach". The Mil Mi-24 (designation NATO: Hind) is a large helicopter of combat and attack and of small capacity of transport of troops with capacity for eight passengers. It is produced by the Moscow Mil helicopter factory and is operated from 1972 by the Soviet air force, its successors, and in more than 30 countries.
On 26 January 2016 the Air Force of Equatorial Guinea signed a contract for the delivery of two CASA C-295 transport aircraft, the first as a troop transport and the second for maritime surveillance to be delivery in 2017.
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