|Namibian Air Force|
|Founded||23 July 1994|
|Allegiance||Constitution of Namibia|
|Part of||Namibian Defence Force|
|Headquarters||Karibib, Erongo Region, Namibia|
|Minister of Defence||Frans Kapofi|
|Air Vice Marshal||Teofilus Shaende|
The Namibian Air Force is the aerial warfare branch of the Namibian Defence Force. It was commissioned on 13 March 2005 at Grootfontein Air Force Base. Following the independence of Namibia from South Africa in 1990, the Air defense wing of the defense forces were established on 23 July 1994. The Air Force headquarters is based at Karibib Air Force Base. 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.
The five separate roles for the Air Force are: surveillance, transport of personnel and transport of supplies/equipment, support to the civil authorities or civil community, and training.
The policy for the Air Force is as follows:
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.
After commissioning in 1994 air wing was made up of two squadrons, VR-1 squadron and Helicopter Squadron and the first aircraft of the force were six Cessna O-2A donated by the United States government. The US also offered two advisors to train four pilots, six co-pilots and seven Namibian Mechanics. In December 1994 a total of four Cheetah and Chetak light utility helicopters bought from HAL where delivered to the then Air Wing at Eros Airport. The Indian air force also provided a chief engineer, five technicians and two pilots to train Namibian crews for at least six months. Two Harbin Y-12's were delivered in December 1997.
|Antonov An-26||Soviet Union||transport||1|
|Mil Mi-8||Russia||utility / transport||2|
|HAL Cheetah||France / India||liaison / utility||1|
|HAL Chetak||France / India||liaison / utility||2|
|Hongdu JL-8||China / Pakistan||jet trainer||K-8||12|
|Chengdu F-7||China||jet trainer||FT-7||2||license-built MiG-21|
The Air Force has suffered a number of aircraft incidents and accidents. The first notable accident occurred during Operation Atlantic in the DRC, where two helicopters—a Cheetah and a Chetak (air frame serials H-702 and H-708)—collided mid-air during bad weather, resulting in the deaths of 11 personnel, 5 of whom were Namibian.
List of bases of the Namibian Air Force
Expansion of the Air Base at Keetmanshoop is planned.
Air Defence Wing
23rd Squadron is a fighter squadron and is home to the Chengdu F-7 Airguards.
Consists of the helicopters in the Air Force. The squadron participated in the Second Congo War. The squadron lost two helicopters that were involved in a Mid-air collision.
Hosting the Fixed wing transport aircraft is the 13 wing. The wing consists of the AN-26 and Y-12 Aircraft.
The Air Force has deployed numerous times to help civic authorities during disasters. Health outreach workers have been ferried during immunization campaigns . It has assisted in transporting Electoral material and personnel during National elections. It has also flown foreign Heads of States during their stay in Namibia
Between 1998 and 2002 The Air force was deployed to the DRC during the Second Congo War. Harbin Y-12 transport aircraft where utilized on logistics supply missions to the DRC as well as withdrawing Namibian troops at the end of the war. on 1 August 1999 a Air Force flight engineer died after he was hit by anti aircraft fire on a Y-12 transport aircraft that was en route to resupply Namibian and Zimbabwean troops that were besieged at Ikela. Two Namibian Allouette helicopters crashed in mid-air while on operations during the war due to bad weather on 15 January 1999. The accident claimed nine lives, including two Namibian pilots and three technicians.
During the 2014 floods at Tokwe-Murkosi in Masvingo, Zimbabwe the air force deployed a flight consisting of one Harbin Z-9 and two Allouettes to assist with the evacuation of the affected people. The mission lasted seven days in which 600 residents were airlifted with 56 tons of goods.
Exercise Blue Kavango
The airforce deployed a composite flight consisting of a Y-12 transport aircraft and Z-9 light utility helicopters to the SADC Air Forces exercise Blue Kavango held in Botswana.
The Air Force Commander exercise overall Executive command, he is deputized by an Air Commodore . The Air Force Sergeant Major is the principal Warrant Officer that advises the Air Force Commander on matters of discipline.
|Sleeve insignia||Appointment||Rank and Name|
|Air Force Commander||Air Vice Marshal Teofilus Shaende|
|Air Force Deputy Commander||Air Commodore Abed Hihepa|
|SOAPS Commandant||Group Captain Hosea Ndjibu|
|Karibib AFB Commander||Group Captain|
|Grootfontein AFB Commander||Group Captain Hillary Lilungwe Sisamu|
|Chief of Staff Operations||Group Captain Manfred Tjivera|
|Air Force Sergeant Major|
The primary training institute in the Air Force is the School of Air Power Studies (SOAPS) under the Command of Group Captain Hosea Ndjibu. The SOAPS is composed of three centres.
The Air Force from inception used Army styled ranks and insignia. This however changed in April 2010 when the new system based on stripes was introduced and ranks changed to commonwealth system.
The rank insignia of commissioned officers.
|Rank group||General/flag officers||Field/senior officers||Junior officers||Officer cadet|
| Namibian Air Force
|Chief air marshal||Air marshal||Air vice marshal||Air commodore||Group captain||Wing commander||Squadron leader||Flight lieutenant||Flying officer||Pilot officer|
The rank insignia of non-commissioned officers and enlisted personnel.
|Rank group||Senior NCOs||Junior NCOs||Enlisted|
| Namibian Air Force
|Warrant officer class 1||Warrant officer class 2||Flight sergeant||Sergeant||Aircraftman||Leading aircraftman||Private|