Rwandan Air Force
Force Aérienne Rwandaise
Founded1962; 61 years ago (1962)
Country Rwanda
TypeAir force
RoleAerial warfare
Size1000 personnel[1]
Part ofRwanda Defence Force
President of RwandaPaul Kagame
Air Force Chief of StaffLt Gen Jean-Jacques Mupenzi[2]
Aircraft flown
Attack helicopterMil Mi-24
Utility helicopterMil Mi-17, Aérospatiale Gazelle
TransportCessna 208 Caravan, Diamond DA42 Twin Star

The Rwandan Air Force (French: Force aérienne rwandaise) is the air branch of the Rwandan Defence Forces.


After achieving independence in 1962, the Air Force was formed with the aid of Belgium, the initial aircraft consisted of three ex-French Air Force CM.170 Magisters, which operated in a counterinsurgency role along with a Britten-Norman Islander. Other deliveries included SA 342L Gazelles, Nord Noratlas, SOCATA Guerrier, and C-47 Skytrains. After fighting began between the RPA and the government in 1990 most aircraft were shot down, destroyed on the ground or crashed.[3]


A Rwandan Air Force Mil Mi-17
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Cessna 208 Caravan United States utility 2[4]
Diamond DA42 Austria utility 2[4]
Mil Mi-17 Russia utility 12[4]
Mil Mi-24 Russia attack 5[4]
Aérospatiale Gazelle France utility 342 3[4]


  1. ^ International Institute for Strategic Studies (25 February 2021). The Military Balance 2021. London: Routledge. p. 484. ISBN 9781032012278.
  2. ^ de la Croix Tabaro, Jean (4 June 2021). "Maj. Gen. Mubarakh Muganga Promoted to Lt. Gen. as President Kagame Shuffles Army Top Brass". KT Press. Retrieved 11 July 2021.
  3. ^ "World Air Forces1983 pg. 366". 6 August 1983. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e "World Air Forces 2023". Flightglobal Insight. 2023. Retrieved 14 February 2023.