Royal Cambodian Air Force
Badge of the Royal Cambodian Air Force
Founded9 November 1953; 70 years ago (1953-11-09)
Country Cambodia
AllegianceHM The King
TypeAir force
RoleAerial warfare
Part ofRoyal Cambodian Armed Forces
HeadquartersPhnom Penh, Cambodia
Motto(s)"ការពារព្រះរាជាណាចក្រកម្ពុជា" (Khmer)
("Defend the Kingdom of Cambodia")
Mascot(s)Aafra Zarnaz Auhona
General Soeung Samnang
Fin flash

The Royal Cambodian Air Force (Khmer: កងទ័ពជើងអាកាស, romanizedKâng Toăp Cheung Akas [kɑːŋtɔəp cəːŋ ʔaːkaːh]; lit.'Air Army') is the branch of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces which is charged with operating all military aircraft in Cambodia.


The Royal Cambodian Air Force is commanded by General Soeung Samnang, who has four deputy commanders beneath him. The Air Force itself is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of National Defence.

Air Force headquarters are located at Phnom Penh International Airport and is still sign posted Pochentong Air Base. The only operational aircraft at Pochentong Air Base are from the VIP squadron. Maintenance of aircraft and helicopters is also at Pochentong. The airworthy Z-9 and Mi-17 helicopters from the helicopter squadron are based at Phnom Penh International Airport and Siem Reap International Airport.

Recently, the Cambodian Ministry of National Defense plans to purchase five L-39NG light fighter jets from the Czech Republic. In the past, the Cambodian Air Force has already purchased Mil Mi-17 and Mil Mi-171 helicopters.


Previous inventory

In the past some Mig-21 fighters were operational. These aircraft in 2023 could be seen on ground in Phnom Penh international airport.

Current inventory

A former Mil Mi-26 Halo of the Royal Cambodian Air Force.[1]
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Airbus A320 France VIP transport 1[2]
Xian MA60 China transport 2[3]
Harbin Y-12 China transport / utility 1[3]
Britten-Norman BN-2 United Kingdom transport 1[3]
Mil Mi-8 Russia transport 9[3]
Mil Mi-17 Russia transport 6[3]
Harbin Z-9 China utility 9[3]
Eurocopter AS350 France utility 3[3]
AgustaWestland AW109 Italy utility 2[4]
Aero L-39 Czechoslovakia trainer / light attack L-39C 5[5]


Main article: Royal Cambodian Air Force FC

The force maintains a professional association football team as one of its branches, which formerly played in the C-League.

Air Force ranks and insignia

Rank group General/Flag/Air officers Senior officers Junior officers Officer cadet
 Royal Cambodian Air Force
General Lieutenant General Major General Brigadier Colonel Lieutenant Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Sub Lieutenant
Néay ŭtdâmôséniy
Ŭtdâmôséniy êk
Ŭtdâmôséniy toŭ
Ŭtdâmôséniy trei
Vôrôséniy êk
Vôrôséniy toŭ
Vôrôséniy trei
Ânŭséniy êk
Ânŭséniy toŭ
Ânŭséniy trei
Néay châmnáng
Rank group Senior NCOs Junior NCOs Enlisted
 Royal Cambodian Air Force
Warrant Officer Command Sergeant Major Master Sergeant Staff Sergeant Chief Corporal Corporal Airman 1st Class Airman 2nd Class Airman

See also


  1. ^ "World Air Forces 2015 pg. 12". Flightglobal Insight. 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Air Force One of Cambodia". Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "World Air Forces 2023". Flightglobal Insight. 2023. Retrieved 23 November 2022.
  4. ^ "Trade Registers". Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  5. ^ Vogel, Ben (16 October 2019). "Cambodia could buy more L-39s". Jane's Defence Industry. Retrieved 5 January 2020.