Senegalese Air Force
Armée de l'Air Sénégalaise
Senegalese Air Force badge
Founded1 April 1961; 62 years ago (1961-04-01)
Country Senegal
TypeAir force
RoleAerial warfare
  • 1,000 personnel
  • 40 aircraft (2022)
Part ofSenegalese Armed Forces
Général Pape Souleymane Sarr[2]
Aircraft flown
AttackKAI KT-1 Woongbi
HelicopterMil Mi-2, Mi-17, Eurocopter AS355, Bell 206, Aérospatiale Alouette III
Attack helicopterMil Mi-35
PatrolCASA/IPTN CN-235
TrainerAerospatiale Epsilon, KAI KT-1 Woongbi
TransportFokker 27, CASA/IPTN CN-235

The Senegalese Air Force (French: Armée de l'Air Sénégalaise) is the air force branch of the Senegalese Armed Forces.


It was formed on 1 April 1961 with Douglas C-47s, MH.1521 Broussards, plus Sud Aloutte II and Agusta-Bell 47G helicopters. Close ties to France have been maintained with France through training and base facilities agreements.[1]

From the early 1970s saw further French deliveries, the first jet aircraft enter service. The Fouga Magister jet trainer/ground attack as well as an SA 341H Gazelle and SA 330F Puma helicopters were delivered.[1] During the 1981 Gambian coup d'état attempt one of the SA 330F was shot down attempting to recapture the Radio Syd transmitter outside Banjul, killing all 18 onboard.[3]

Later expansion saw the delivery of six Fokker F27 transport to replace the C-47s from 1977, when also four SOCATA Rallye light planes were acquired. Four armed Rallye 235A Guerrier version followed in 1984.[1]


The Air Force's headquarters are currently located at Ouakam, near the capital of Dakar, on the opposite side of the Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport.[1] The air force has the role of defending Senegalese airspace, protecting airport areas, supporting other Senegalese forces, medevac and maritime patrol.[1]

Funding remains a constant problem for the Senegalese Air Force and the increasing cost of aviation fuel restricts the number of available flying hours.[1]

Air Force Chiefs of Staff


Current inventory

A Senegalese Fokker 27
A Senegalese Bell 206
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Combat Aircraft
Aero L-39NG Czech Republic light attack / COIN 4 on order[4]
Maritime Patrol
IPTN CN-235 Indonesia maritime patrol 1[4]
Fokker 27 Netherlands VIP transport 1[4]
IPTN CN-235 Indonesia transport 2 1 on order[4]
Casa C-295 Spain transport 2[5]
Bell 206 United States utility 2[4]
Mil Mi-2 Soviet Union liaison 2[4]
Mil Mi-17 Russia utility 2[4]
Mil Mi-24 Russia attack Mi-35 5[4]
Eurocopter AS355 France utility 1[4]
Aérospatiale Alouette III France liaison / utility 1[4]
Trainer Aircraft
Socata TB 30 France basic trainer 6[4]
KAI KT-1 Woongbi Republic of Korea primary trainer 4[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Force Report: Senegalese Air Force, Air Forces Monthly magazine, November 2008 issue, pp. 48–50.
  2. ^ "Formation des jeunes civils aux métiers de l'aviation : L'armée de l'air sénégalaise et Air Sénégal signe un accord de partenariat". Dakaractu. July 26, 2021. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  3. ^ Sailu, Yunus. "Recollection of 30th July 1981 offensive by Kukoi". The Print (Gambia).
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "World Air Forces 2023". Flightglobal Insight. 2023. Retrieved 14 February 2023.
  5. ^ Martin, Guy (2023-04-03). "Senegal takes delivery of second C295". Retrieved 2023-08-12.