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Encyclopedia > Egyptian Air Force
Egyptian Air Force

Egyptian Air Force Roundel
Flag of the Egyptian Air Force
Founded 1937 (as an independent service)
Country Egypt
Motto 'Higher and higher for the sake of glory' (Arabic: إلى العلا في سبيل المجد, I‘la’ al-a‘là fī sabīl al-magd)
Commanders
Current
commander
Air Marshal Magdy Galal Sharawi

The Egyptian Air Force, or EAF (Arabic: القوات الجوية المصرية, Al-Qūwāt al-Gawwīyä al-Miṣrīyä), is the aviation branch of the Egyptian armed forces. The EAF is headed by an Air Marshal (Lieutenant General equivalent). Currently, the commander of the Egyptian Air Force is Air Marshal Magdy Galal Sharawi. The force's motto is 'Higher and higher for the sake of glory' (Arabic: إلى العلا في سبيل المجد, I‘la’ al-a‘là fī sabīl al-magd). Image File history File links Egyptian_Air_Force_Roundel. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Arabic ( or just ) is the largest living member of the Semitic language family in terms of speakers. ... An air marshals sleeve/shoulder insignia Air Marshal (Air Mshl or AM) is a rank in the Royal Air Force. ... Air Marshal Magdy Galal Sharawi (born May, 1946) is the Commander of the Egyptian Air Force. ... Arabic ( or just ) is the largest living member of the Semitic language family in terms of speakers. ... The armed forces of Egypt are the largest on the African continent and one of the biggest in the world (ranked 11th), consisting of the Egyptian Army, Egyptian Navy, Egyptian Air Force and Egyptian Air Defense Command. ... An air marshals sleeve/shoulder insignia Air Marshal (Air Mshl or AM) is a rank in the Royal Air Force. ... Lieutenant General is a military rank used in many countries. ... Air Marshal Magdy Galal Sharawi (born May, 1946) is the Commander of the Egyptian Air Force. ... A motto (from Italian) is a phrase or a short list of words meant formally to describe the general motivation or intention of an entity, social group, or organization. ... Arabic ( or just ) is the largest living member of the Semitic language family in terms of speakers. ...


Currently the EAF is the largest Arab air force and probably the most powerful air force in Africa and the second in the Middle East after the Israeli Air Force with a total of over 567 combat aircraft and 149 armed helicopters. The Israeli Air Force (IAF; Hebrew: זרוע האויר והחלל, Zroa HaAvir VeHaḤalal, Air and Space Division, commonly known as חיל האוויר Hel HaAvir) is the air force of the Israel Defense Forces. ...

Contents

History

Establishment

In late 1928, the Parliament of Egypt proposed the creation of an Egyptian Air Force. The Egyptian ministry of war announced that it needed volunteers for the new arm to become the first four Egyptian military pilots. Over 200 Egyptian officers volunteered, but in the end only three succeeded in passing strict medical tests and technical examinations. The Parliament of Egypt is a bicameral legislature. ...


These three went to RAF number 4 Flying Training School at Abu Suwayer near the Suez Canal, where they were trained on a variety of aircraft. After graduation they travelled to England for specialized training. “RAF” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Suez (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...


On November 2, 1930 King Fuad announced the creation of the Egyptian Army Air Force (EAAF) and in September 1931, the British De Havilland aircraft company won a contract to supply Egypt with 10 De Havilland Gipsy Moth trainers. is the 306th day of the year (307th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Categories: People stubs | 1868 births | 1936 deaths | Egyptian heads of state ... For other uses, see De Havilland (disambiguation). ... The de Havilland DH.60G Gipsy Moth was a variant of the powered by the de Havilland Gipsy I engine. ...

Egyptian Air Force Insignia (1937-1958)

The first commander of the EAAF was a Canadian squadron leader, Victor Herbert Tait. Tait selected staff and weapons and built air-bases. In 1934 the British government provided 10 Avro 626 aircraft, which were the first real Egyptian military planes. A further 17 626s together with Hawker Audaxes for army cooperation and close support and Avro Ansons for VIP work followed shortly afterwards. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Avro 626 Prefect is a single engined British biplane trainer from the inter war period. ... The Hawker Hart was a two-seater biplane light-bomber of the Royal Air Force (RAF), which had a prominent role during the RAFs inter-war period. ... The Avro Anson was a twin-engine, multi-role aircraft that served with the Royal Air Force, Fleet Air Arm and numerous other air forces during World War II and afterwards. ...


In 1937 the Egyptian Army Air Force was separated from the army command and became an independent branch named the Royal Egyptian Air Force (REAF). New bases were built in the Suez canal region and the western desert.


In 1938 the REAF received 2 squadrons of Gloster Gladiator biplane fighters and a squadron of then modern Westland Lysander reconnaissance aircraft, (Egypt was the last nation to use the Lysander in action, during the 1948 Arab campaign against Israel). Gloster Gladiator photographed in England in 2002 The Gloster Gladiator was a biplane fighter, used by the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy, as well as a number of other air forces, during World War II. The aircraft had a top speed of around 414 km/h. ... Westland Lysander III (SD). ...


World War II

As the Egyptian border was threatened by an Italian and German invasion, the Royal Air Force established more bases in Egypt during World War II. The Egyptian Air Force was sometimes treated as a part of the Royal Air Force, at other times a policy of neutrality was followed. As a result of this vacillation, few additional aircraft were supplied by Britain, however the arm did receive its first modern fighters, Hawker Hurricanes and a small number of Curtiss P-40 Tomahawks. In the immediate post war period, cheap war surplus aircraft, including a large number of Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXs were acquired. The REAF also bought Macchi MC205V fighters and trainers from Italy. “RAF” redirects here. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The Hawker Hurricane was a British single-seat fighter aircraft designed and predominantly built by Hawker Aircraft Ltd. ... The Curtiss P-40 was a US single-engine, single-seat, low-wing, all-metal fighter and ground attack aircraft which first flew in 1938, and was used in great numbers in World War II. It was a direct adaptation of the existing P-36 airframe to enable mass production... The Supermarine Spitfire was an iconic British single-seat fighter, which was used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries during the Second World War, and into the 1950s. ... The Macchi C.205 Veltro (Italian: Greyhound) was an Italian World War II fighter aircraft built by the Aeronautica Macchi. ...


The 1948 War

Following the British withdrawal from Palestine and the founding of Israel on 14 May 1948, Egypt declared war along with other Arab countries on the new state. The Egyptian Air Force contributed to this conflict with C-47 Dakotas and Spitfires and managed to shoot down two Israeli aircraft but suffered heavy losses. Egyptian air force Spitfires also attacked Royal Air Force Spitfires, which the Egyptian government incorrectly believed were to be handed over to Israel. The first raid surprised the Royal Air Force, and resulted in the destruction of several RAF aircraft on the ground and the death of an airman. The British were uncertain whether the attacking Spitfires had came from Arab or Israeli forces. When a second raid followed shortly afterwards it met a well prepared response, and the entire Egyptian force was shot down - the last aircraft being baited for some time as the RAF pilots attempted to get a close look at its markings. This was the only occasion Spitfires fought each other. The Holy Land or Palestine Showing not only the Old Kingdoms of Judea and Israel but also the 12 Tribes Distinctly, and Confirming Even the Diversity of the Locations of their Ancient Positions and Doing So as the Holy Scriptures Indicate, a geographic map from the studio of Tobiae Conradi... May 14 is the 134th day of the year (135th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Douglas DC-3 VH-AES at Avalon in 2003. ... The Supermarine Spitfire was an iconic British single-seat fighter, which was used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries during the Second World War, and into the 1950s. ...


Relations with Britain were soon restored, although poor relations with Israel ensured that arms purchases continued. New Mk22 Spitfires were purchased to replace the earlier models. In late 1949 Egypt received its first jet fighter, it was the British Gloster Meteor F4 and shortly after De Havilland Vampire FB5s. However the policy of the Nasser government lead to Egypt also acquiring aircraft from the Eastern Block. The Gloster Meteor was the Allies first operational jet fighter. ... The de Havilland DH.100 Vampire was the second jet-engined aircraft commissioned by the Royal Air Force during the Second World War (the first being the Gloster Meteor), although it did not see combat in that conflict. ...


The first Soviet aircraft arrived in Egypt in 1955. Initial deliveries included MiG-15 fighters, Ilyushin Il-28 bombers, Il-14 transports, and Yak-11 trainers. Instructors from Czechoslovakia accompanied these aircraft. This period in Egypt's air force history also yielded the first indigenous aircraft production as the country began manufacturing its own Czech-designed Gomhouria Bü 181 Bestmann primary trainers. The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 (NATO reporting name Fagot) was a jet fighter developed for the USSR. History Design began under the bureau designation I-310, which first flew in 1947. ... The Ilyushin Il-28 is a jet bomber aircraft that was originally manufactured for the Soviet Air Force and was the USSRs first such aircraft to enter large-scale production. ... The Ilyushin Il-14 (NATO reporting name Crate) was a Soviet commercial and military personnel/cargo transport aircraft that first flew in 1950. ... The Yakovlev Yak-11 (NATO reporting name: Moose, Russian: Як-11) was a trainer aircraft used by the Soviet Air Force and other Soviet-influenced air forces from 1947 until 1962. ... Bücker Bü 181 Bestmann The Bü 181 Bestmann is a two seater, single engine trainer aircraft built by Bücker-Flugzeugbau GmbH company in Johannisthal, Berlin. ...


The Suez Crisis

After Nasser decided to nationalize the Suez Canal in 1956, Egypt was attacked by Israel, France, and the United Kingdom in what came to be known as the Suez Crisis. Heavy losses were sustained by the Egyptian side. The conflict, though devastating militarily, turned out to be a political victory for Egypt and resulted in the total withdrawal of the aggressor forces from the country. It also forced the EAF to begin rebuilding its Air Force with non-British help. Gamal Abdel Nasser (Arabic: جمال عبد الناصر) Gamal Abdel Nasser (January 15, 1918 - September 28, 1970) was the second President of Egypt after Muhammad Naguib and is considered one of the most important Arab leaders in history. ... For other uses, see Suez (disambiguation). ... Combatants Israel United Kingdom France Egypt Commanders Moshe Dayan Charles Keightley Pierre Barjot Gamal Abdel Nasser Abdel Hakim Amer Strength 175,000 Israeli 45,000 British 34,000 French 70,000 Casualties 197 Israeli KIA 56 British KIA 91 British WIA 10 French KIA 43 French WIA 650 KIA[1...


Soon after the war, Egypt formed a political union with Syria and Yemen and the Egyptian Air Force became known as the United Arab Republic Air Force.


By the mid-1960s, British aircraft were replaced completely by Soviet hardware. The Soviet Union became the principal supplier of the EAF and many other Arab states. This allowed the EAF to greatly modernize and boost its combat effectiveness. The MiG-21 Fishbed arrived in the early 1960s, bringing with it a Mach 2 capability. The MiG-21 would remain Egypt's primary fighter for the next two decades. In 1967, Egypt had 200 MiG-21s. The air force also began flying the Sukhoi Su-7 fighter/bomber in the mid-1960s. Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (NATO reporting name Fishbed) is a fighter aircraft, originally built by the Mikoyan and Gurevich Design Bureau in the Soviet Union. ... The Sukhoi Su-7 (NATO designation Fitter) was a swept wing, turbojet-powered fighter-bomber used by the Soviet Union and its allies. ...


The Six-Day War

In the 1967 Six-Day War the EAF was destroyed on the ground in mere hours after Israel's retaliation on Egyptian forces massed at the border. Subsequently, the Soviets again sent a large number of aircraft and trainers to Egypt in order to help revitalize the EAF. Combatants Israel Egypt Syria Jordan Iraq Saudi Arabia Commanders Yitzhak Rabin, Moshe Dayan, Uzi Narkiss, Israel Tal, Mordechai Hod, Ariel Sharon Abdel Hakim Amer, Abdul Munim Riad, Zaid ibn Shaker, Hafez al-Assad Strength 264,000 (incl. ...


On 14 July 1967, using what planes were left, the (EAF) launched a strike on Israeli targets, located east of the Suez Canal, forcing the Israelis to withdraw temporarily from the front line. is the 195th day of the year (196th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ...


War of Attrition

Following the 1967 defeat, Egypt carried out a prolonged campaign of attrition against Israel. The Egyptian Air Force applied the lessons it learnt earlier from the Israelis. A 32-year-old deputy MiG-21 regiment commander who has been flying since he was 15 recalls: "During the war of attrition, the Israeli air force had a favorite ambush tactic", he told Aviation Week and Space Technology. "They would penetrate with two aircraft at medium altitude where they would be quickly picked up by radar, We would scramble four or eight to attack them. But they had another dozen fighters trailing at extremely low altitude below radar coverage. As we climbed to the attack they would zoom up behind and surprise us. My regiment lost MiGs to this ambush tactic three times. But we learned the lesson and practiced the same tactics. In the final fights over Deversoir, we ambushed some Mirages the same way, and my own 'finger four' formation shot down four Mirages with the loss of one MiG." Categories: Stub | Science & technology magazines ... This article is about the military unit. ...


Upgrade and development

Beginning 1982, the EAF began receiving F-16 fighters under the Peace Vector Program. In 1986, it received Mirage 2000 fighters and was licensed to manufacture them with 20 being produced and 1 lost in a training sortie. Egypt also license built Alphajets, Gazelles and Embraer EMB 312 Tucano airplanes. The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a modern multi-role jet fighter aircraft built in the United States and used by dozens of countries all over the world. ... A Mirage 2000 of the Indian Air Force The Mirage 2000 is a French-built multi-role fighter manufactured by Dassault Aviation. ... Alpha Jet has the following meanings: The Dassault-Breguet/Dornier Alpha Jet, an aircraft Freight trains on the Alphabet Route This is a disambiguation page—a list of articles associated with the same title. ... Embraer 312 Tucano The Embraer EMB 312 Tucano is a basic two seat turboprop trainer developed in Brazil. ...


The Camp David Accords caused a change in the composition of the EAF. The EAF began to rely on American, French and even some Chinese planes. The addition of these planes along with the ones already in the EAF gave it an interesting composition. Celebrating the signing of the Camp David Accords (1978): Menachem Begin, Jimmy Carter, Anwar Sadat The Camp David Accords were signed by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin on September 17, 1978, following twelve days of secret negotiations at Camp David. ...


In 1987 the E-2C Hawkeye Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) entered service and was upgraded with advanced AN/APS-145 radars. The EAF also upgraded its F-16 fighters to enable them to fire the AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missile. The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a modern multi-role jet fighter aircraft built in the United States and used by dozens of countries all over the world. ... The AGM-84 Harpoon is a U.S. all-weather, over-the-horizon, anti-ship cruise missile system, originally developed by McDonnell Douglas, with development and manufacturing now taken over by Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. ...


The EAF also operates 35 AH-64 Apache attack helicopter which were initially delivered as AH-64A variant but were later upgraded to AH-64D standard[1]. The Egypt Air Force had rebuilt their AH-64A's into the D model. CH-47D's are also on order. The Egyptian Navy recently received the SH-2G Seasprite to replace and supplement their older Sea King and Gazelle helicopters[2]. 68 Grob G-115's and 80 K-8 Karakorum trainers were ordered to update the fleet[3]. They are still being delivered. The AH-64 Apache is the United States Armys principal attack helicopter, and is the successor to the AH-1 Cobra. ... The Boeing IDS AH-64 Apache is the US Armys principal attack helicopter, the successor to the AH-1 Cobra. ... The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is a versatile, twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter. ... Although the Egyptian Navy was the smallest branch of the military, it is large by Middle Eastern standards. ... The SH-2G Seasprite is a United States Navy ship-based helicopter with anti-submarine, anti-surface threat capability, including over-the-horizon targeting. ... The Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King (company designation S-61) is a twin-engined anti-submarine warfare (ASW)helicopter. ... The Gazelle is a French-designed helicopter, created by the company Sud Aviation, that later became Aérospatiale, and later still Eurocopter. ... The Grob G 115 is an advanced two-seat, fixed tricycle gear general aviation airplane, primarily used for flight training. ... The Hongdu JL-8 (or Nanchang JL-8) is a two-seat trainer aircraft built by joint-cooperation between Pakistan and the Peoples Republic of China. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


In the late 1990s, then Air Marshal Ahmed Shafik (and the incumbent Civil Aviation minister) expressed the ambitions of the Egyptian Air Force for the 21st century. Air Marshal Ahmed Mohamed Shafik, M.Sc, ph. ...


The EAF hopes to obtain the modern technology it needs to deter any aggression, help its allies, and protect Egyptian national security. This technology includes space and air reconnaissance systems; airborne command and control aircraft; advanced next generation fighters; and air refueling and heavy transport aircraft. Egypt is also one of many nations believed to have some interests in buying the JF-17 from the Sino-Pakistani consortium. The J-9 is also known as the FC-1 or JF-17 is a third generation fighter jet being developed jointly by the Peoples Republic of China and Pakistan. ...


In 2002, Egypt requested 12 F-15E Strike Eagle strike fighter from the US. Israel quickly moved to block the sale, citing that in all Egypt's recent military exercises Israel was the target. The Americans refused to ban the sale of F-15s to Egypt at first but later agreed when Israel presented further evidence that Israel was in fact the "enemy" in all of Egypt's military exercises.[4][5][6] The F-15E Strike Eagle is a modern United States all-weather strike fighter, designed for long-range interdiction of enemy ground targets deep behind enemy lines. ... The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle is an all-weather, extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter designed to permit the U.S. Air Force to gain and maintain air superiority in aerial combat. ...


In November 6, 2006, Egypt began talks with Mikoyan over the possible sale of the MiG-29 to Egypt. In 2007, Egypt further examined prospects for delivery of a large batch of MiG-29's. The deal would include offsets in an effort by Russia to regain Egypt as an ally.[7][8][9] is the 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mikoyan, formerly Mikoyan-Gurevich (Russian: ), is a Russian military aircraft design bureau, primarily for fighter aircraft. ... The Mikoyan MiG-29 (NATO reporting name Fulcrum) is a Russian fighter aircraft used in the air superiority role. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... The Mikoyan MiG-29 (NATO reporting name Fulcrum) is a Russian fighter aircraft used in the air superiority role. ...


EAF today

Currently, the backbone of the EAF are 217 F-16's, making Egypt the 4th largest F-16 operator in the world. The EAF also operates 19 Mirage 2000's. It continues to fly 32 upgraded F-4 Phantoms, Dassault Mirage Vs, C-130 Hercules. 6 E-2C Hawkeye AWACS aircraft which are being upgraded to Hawkeye 2000 standard provide AEW&C capability. The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a modern multi-role jet fighter aircraft built in the United States and used by dozens of countries all over the world. ... A Mirage 2000 of the Indian Air Force The Mirage 2000 is a French-built multi-role fighter manufactured by Dassault Aviation. ... The F-4 Phantom II (simply F-4 Phantom after 1990) is a two-place (tandem), supersonic, long-range, all-weather fighter-bomber built by McDonnell Douglas Corporation. ... Former South African Air Force Mirage IIICZ The Dassault Mirage III is a supersonic fighter aircraft designed in France during the 1950s, and manufactured both in France and a number of other countries. ... The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop cargo aircraft and the main tactical airlifter for many military forces worldwide. ... The Grumman E-2 Hawkeye is the United States Navys all-weather, aircraft carrier-based tactical warning and control system aircraft. ...


Insignia

The Roundel of the EAF consists of three circles, with the outside one being red, the middle one white, and the inner one being black. These are the colors of the Egyptian flag. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Egyptian_Air_Force_Roundel. ...


The former roundels of the EAF included a similar variant with two green stars used from 1961 to 1973 and one with the old Egyptian crescent and three stars on a green background.


Order of Battle

See Order of Battle of the Egyptian Air Force


Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Origin Type Versions In service[10] Notes
Aero L-39 Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Adv. trainer L-39ZO 10 ex-Libyan
Aero L-59 Super Albatros Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Adv. trainer
Ground attack
L-59E 48
Aérospatiale Gazelle Flag of France France
Flag of Egypt Egypt

Naval Patrol
Battlefield Scout
Anti-tank
Total
SA 342K
SA 342L
SA342M
84
9
40
35
license-built by Arab British Helicopter, out of 108 originally delivered and licensed built
Antonov An-74 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Tact. transport An-74T-200 3 additional 6 on order with a total of 18 required
Antonov An-24 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Maritime patrol An-24 3
Beechcraft 1900  United States
Maritime patrol
ELINT

1900C
1900C

6
3
Boeing AH-64 Apache  United States
Attack helicopter
Attack helicopter
AH-64D 36 additional 6 AH-64D Longbow being delivered, ordered in 2004, an additional 18 AH-64D Longbow are required pending approval of the US Congress through FMS. All AH-64A were converted to D Longbow standard
Boeing CH-47 Chinook Flag of Italy Italy
 United States

Asslt. helicopter
Asslt. helicopter
Total CH-47C
CH-47D
19
15
4
license built by Agusta, existing C models being converted to D standards
Chengdu J-7 Flag of the People's Republic of China China Interceptor F-7B 60 out of 120 delivered
Dassault Mirage 5 Flag of France France
Fighter
Adv. trainer
Ground Attack
Reconnaissance
Total
5E2
5SDD
5SDE
5SDR
60
12
6
36
6
Some attrition through the 80's and 90's have reduced the inventory from 82 to 60 planes
Dassault Mirage 2000 Flag of France France
Adv. trainer
Multirole fighter
Total
2000BM
2000EM
19
3
16
out of 20 delivered, license built by Arab OI, one lost (crashed on take off) in a trainning sortie
Dassault-Breguet/Dornier Alpha Jet Flag of France France
Flag of Germany Germany

Adv. trainer
Ground attack
Total
MS1
MS2
44
30
14
license built by Arab OI
de Havilland Canada DHC-5 Buffalo Flag of Canada Canada
Tact. transport
Nav. training
Total DHC-5D
DHC-5D
9
5
4
Embraer EMB 312 Tucano Flag of Brazil Brazil Basic Trainer EMB 312 54 license built by Arab OI, out of 134 built (80 of which delivered to Iraq)
Grob G-115 Flag of Germany Germany Primary trainer G-115E 68
Grumman E-2 Hawkeye  United States AEW E-2C 6 Conversion to E-2 Hawkeye 2000 standard in progress, due to completion by end of 2008
Hiller UH-12  United States Training heli UH-12E 17
Hongdu JL-8 Flag of the People's Republic of China China
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
Adv. trainer K-8E 80 70 of which are license built by Arab OI, an additional 40 are ordered for delivery by 2010
Kaman SH-2 Seasprite  United States ASW helicopter SH-2G/E 13 Electronic/Nav Suite upgraded to Egyptian Navy requirements, 10 originally delivered, 1 lost due to pilot error, 4 surplus added to replace the lost unit and the remaining 3 as spare
Lockheed C-130 Hercules  United States
Tact. transport
Tact. transport
EW/ELINT
Total
C130H
C130H30
EC130H
26
22
2
2
including 3 C-130H purchased from the Danish Air Force in 2004, out of 30 delivered, 4 were lost at different times, one of which during the Cyprus operation
Lockheed F-16 Fighting Falcon  United States
Flag of Turkey Turkey

Multirole Fighter
Adv. trainer
Multirole Fighter
Adv. trainer
Total
F-16A
F-16B
F-16C
F-16D
220
34
8
136
42
46 of the F-16C/D are license built by TUSAS of Turkey. An additional 24 F-16C being ordered under the Peace Vector VI, 5 of which delivered in 2005. About 14 were lost during the 80s and 90s, replacement received, one was damaged upon landing, but is being fixed in the USA, awaiting re-deployment.
McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom II  United States Fighter Bomber F-4E 32 out of 46 delivered, 35 of which in 1979, 8 in 1988 with additional 3 replacement for crashed planes
Mikoyan MiG-21  Soviet Union
Fighter
Interceptor
Reconnaissance
Adv. trainer
Total
MF
PFM
R
UM
62
24
25
12
1
out of over 360 delivered, some may be used for attrition
Mil Mi-6  Soviet Union Heavy lift helicopter 9 out of 20 delivered
Mil Mi-8  Soviet Union
Asslt. helicopter
Gunship
Airb. Command
Airb. Jamming
Reconnaissance
Ambulance
Artlry. Observ.

Mi-8T
Mi8TVK
Mi-8PPA
Mi-8MV
Mi-8R
Mi-8MB
Mi-8K
42
16
10
3
4
4
3
2
out of over 140 delivered
Mil Mi-17  Russia Asslt. helicopter 20
Westland Sea King  United Kingdom ASW helicopter MK 47 6 Egyptian variant of the British HAS2 model
Westland Commando  United Kingdom
Asslt. helicopter
Asslt. helicopter
EW helicopter
Total
MK1
MK2
MK2E
24
5
17
2
Sikorsky S-70  United States Asslt. helicopter UH-60A 4 18 additional on order from US surplus

In addition to Air Force aircraft, a number of aircraft are directly under government control (Presidential Fleet), including: L-39C Albatros Slovak L-39 ZA at Radom Air Show 2005 The Aero L-39 Albatros is a high-performance, jet trainer aircraft developed in Czechoslovakia during the 1960s to replace the L-29 Delfín. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Czech_Republic. ... Aero L-159 at Radom Air Show 2005 The Aero L-59 Super Albatros is a Czechoslovakian military trainer aircraft developed from the firms earlier L-39. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Czech_Republic. ... The Gazelle is a French-designed helicopter, created by the company Sud Aviation, that later became Aérospatiale, and later still Eurocopter. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Egypt. ... An-72 aircraft Designed as a strategic military freighter, the Antonov An-72 was intended as a replacement for the An_26, but variants have found success as commercial freighters. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Ukraine. ... The Antonov An-24 is a 44-seat twin turboprop transport manufactured in USSR (now Ukraine) by the Antonov Design Bureau. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Ukraine. ... The Beechcraft 1900 Beechliner is a 19-passenger, pressurized twin-engine turboprop airplane manufactured by the Beechcraft Division of the Raytheon Company (now Hawker Beechcraft}. It was designed as and is primarily used as a regional airliner. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The Boeing AH-64 Apache is the United States Armys principal attack helicopter, and is the successor to the AH-1 Cobra. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is a versatile, twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... J-7H belonging to the PLAAF Flight Test & Training Centre based at Cangzhou AFB, Hebei Province The Chengdu Jian-7 (export versions F-7) is a Peoples Republic of China-built fighter jet derived from the Russian MiG-21. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Peoples_Republic_of_China. ... The Dassault Mirage 5 is a supersonic fighter aircraft designed in France by Dassault Aviation during the 1960s, and manufactured both in France and a number of other countries. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The Mirage 2000 is a French-built multirole fighter jet manufactured by Dassault Aviation. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Alpha Jet owned by Red Bull The Alpha Jet is a light attack and advanced trainer aircraft manufactured by Dornier of Germany and Dassault-Breguet of France. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The de Havilland Canada DHC-5 Buffalo is a short takeoff and landing (STOL) utility transport, a turboprop version developed from the earlier piston-powered DHC-4 Caribou. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Embraer 312 Tucano The Embraer EMB 312 Tucano is a basic two seat turboprop trainer developed in Brazil. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Brazil. ... The Grob G 115 is an advanced two-seat, fixed tricycle gear general aviation airplane, primarily used for flight training. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... The Grumman E-2 Hawkeye is an all-weather, aircraft carrier-based tactical Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft nicknamed Super Fudd[1] because it replaced Willy Fudd, (the E-1 Tracer). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The four-place Hiller OH-23 Raven light observation helicopter was based on the UH-12 (UH for United Helicopters),[1] which was first flown in 1948. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The Hongdu JL-8 (or Nanchang JL-8) is a two-seat trainer aircraft built by joint-cooperation between Pakistan and the Peoples Republic of China. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Peoples_Republic_of_China. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Kaman SH-2G Seasprite is a United States Navy ship-based helicopter with anti-submarine, anti-surface threat capability, including over-the-horizon targeting. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The Lockheed C-130 Hercules, a four-engine turboprop aircraft, is the main tactical air transport aircraft of the United States and UK military forces. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a multi-role jet fighter aircraft developed by General Dynamics in the United States. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Turkey. ... The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II[2] is a two-seat supersonic long-range all-weather fighter-bomber originally developed for the U.S. Navy by McDonnell Douglas. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (NATO reporting name Fishbed) is a fighter aircraft, originally built by the Mikoyan and Gurevich Design Bureau in the Soviet Union. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union. ... The Mil Mi-6 (NATO reporting name Hook) was a Soviet heavy transport helicopter first flown in July 1957 and built in large numbers for both military and civil roles. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union. ... The Mil Mi-8 (NATO reporting name Hip) is a large twin-turbine transport helicopter that can also act as a gunship. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union. ... Mil Mi-17 The Mil Mi-17 (Also known as the Mi-8MT, NATO reporting name Hip-H) is a Russian helicopter currently in production at two factories in Kazan and Ulan-Ude. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Russia. ... For the original Viking use of the name, see Sea-King. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... For the original Viking use of the name, see Sea-King. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The Sikorsky S-70 is a medium-lift military helicopter family manufactured by Sikorsky. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ...

Other types which are have recently been in service include: The Airbus A340 is a long-range four-engined widebody commercial passenger airliner manufactured by Airbus S.A.S. a subsidiary of EADS. It is similar in design to the twin-engined A330. ... The Beechcraft King Air is a line of twin-turboprop aircraft produced by the Beech Aircraft Corporation (now the Beechcraft Division of Raytheon Aircraft). ... The Boeing 707 is an American four-engine commercial passenger jet airliner developed by Boeing in the early 1950s. ... The Boeing 737 is the worlds most popular short to medium range, single aisle, narrow body airliner. ... Dassault Falcon 20s at RIAT 2005. ... The C-20 Gulfstream is the military designation of the commercial Gulfstream bizjets used by the US military forces. ... Gulfstream G400 The Gulfstream G400 (formerly marketed as the Gulfstream IV) is a private jet aircraft produced by Gulfstream Aerospace, Savannah, Georgia, a General Dynamics company. ... The Lockheed C-130 Hercules, a four-engine turboprop aircraft, is the main tactical air transport aircraft of the United States and UK military forces. ... Several UH-3 Sea Kings taking off The H-3 Sea King (always using a modified mission designation SH, MH, CH, VH, or UH) is a twin-engined multi-purpose helicopter. ... The Sikorsky S-70 is a medium-lift military helicopter family manufactured by Sikorsky. ... For the original Viking use of the name, see Sea-King. ...

  • 40 MiG-23 Multi-role Fighter, in reserve out of 48 received (2 donated to the USA and 6 to China)
  • 48 SU-20C Fighter Bomber, in reserve
  • 80 SU-7B Ground Attack, retired and obsolete, out of 160 received
  • 120 Mig-17F Fighter and Ground Attack, retired and obsolete, out of more than 440 received
  • 19 Mikoyan MiG-19 Strike Fighter, retired and obsolete, out of more than 145 delivered
  • 40 F-6 (Chinese Mig 19) Interceptor Fighter, retired and obsolete, out of 72 received
  • 6 FT-6(Chinese Mig 19) Advanced Trainer, retired and obsolete, out of 18 received
  • 19 Tupolev Tu-16 Heavy and Long Range Bomber, retired and obsolete, out of more 32 received
  • 12 Il-28 Light Bomber and Maritime Patrol/reconnaissance, retired and obsolete, out of more than 120 received
  • 30 An-12, Most retired and in reserve, out of more than 45 received
  • 119 L-29, Basic Trainer, retired and obsolete out of more than 170 received
  • 12 Mi-4, Utility transport helicopter, retired and obsolete, out of over 140 received

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 (Flogger). ... Two aircraft share the designation Su-17. ... The Sukhoi Su-7 (NATO designation Fitter) was a swept wing, turbojet-powered fighter-bomber used by the Soviet Union and its allies. ... MiG-17 at the Central Texas Airshow, USA, May 2003. ... The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19 (NATO reporting name Farmer) is a third-generation Soviet, single-seater jet engined fighter aircraft. ... An F-6 of the Pakistan Air Force The Shenyang J-6 (designated F-6 for export versions) was the Chinese-built version of the Soviet MiG-19 fighter aircraft. ... An F-6 of the Pakistan Air Force The Shenyang J-6 (designated F-6 for export versions) was the Chinese-built version of the Soviet MiG-19 fighter aircraft. ... Tupolev Tu-16 3-view The Tupolev Tu-16 (NATO codename: Badger) was a twin-engine jet bomber used by the Soviet Union. ... The Ilyushin Il-28 is a jet bomber aircraft that was originally manufactured for the Soviet Air Force and was the USSRs first such aircraft to enter large-scale production. ... Antonov An-12 landing The Antonov An-12 (NATO reporting name: Cub) is a four-engined turboprop transport aircraft. ... The Aero L-29 Delfin (Czech: Dolphin, NATO reporting name: Maya) was a military jet trainer aircraft that became the standard jet trainer for the air forces Warsaw Pact nations in the 1960s. ... The Mil Mi-4 (originally known to US intelligence as the Type-36 and later by the NATO reporting name Hound) was a Soviet transport helicopter that served in both military and civilian roles. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.boeing.com/rotorcraft/military/ah64d/news/2001/q4/nr_011203n.htm
  2. ^ http://www.scramble.nl/eg.htm
  3. ^ http://www.scramble.nl/eg.htm
  4. ^ http://www.janes.com/defence/news/jidr/jidr001102_01_n.shtml
  5. ^ http://www.janes.com/defence/news/jdw/jdw000126_04_n.shtml
  6. ^ http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4196/is_19990313/ai_n10484193
  7. ^ http://www.accessmylibrary.com/comsite5/bin/pdinventory.pl?pdlanding=1&referid=2930&purchase_type=ITM&item_id=0286-14935709
  8. ^ http://www.dailystaregypt.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=3788
  9. ^ http://www.menewsline.com/stories/2006/november/11_03_4.html
  10. ^ "World Military Aircraft Inventory", Aerospace Source Book 2007, Aviation Week & Space Technology, January 15, 2007.

Aviation Week & Space Technology (often abbreviated as Aviation Week or AW&ST) is a weekly magazine. ... is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...

External links

  • Egyptian Air Force Overview from Scramble
  • Pictures of the Egyptian Air Force
  • http://www.country-data.com/cgi-bin/query/r-4163.html
  • http://www.f-16.net/f-16_users_article4.html

See also


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Egyptian Air Force (397 words)
The Egyptian Air Force, or EAF (Arabic: القوات الجوية المصرية‎;, Al-Qūwāt al-Gawwīyä al-Miṣrīyä), is the aviation branch of the Egyptian armed forces.
The force's motto is 'Higher and higher for the sake of glory' (Arabic: اعلاء الاعلى في سبيل المجد‎;, I‘la’ al-a‘là fī sabīl al-magd).
Currently the EAF is the largest Arab air force, reckoned to be the most powerful air force in Africa and the second in the Middle East after the Israeli Air Force with a total of over 579 combat aircraft and 121 armed helicopters.
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