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Silah Al Jaw Assudani
Sudan Air Force
Un Official Web Page Maintained By Mazin Khalid Abdelrahman

The beginning of the SAF was a few months after  the Sudan had gained independence in January 1956 with British (the former colonial power) providing most of the equipment and training needed..  The newly formed SAF received four new Hunting Provost T Mk 53s for training duties in 1957.  Four more re-furbished RAF Provosts were handed over in 1960.  The transport wing received its first aircraft in 1958 with the arrival of  a Hunting President, with the addition of two more in March of 1960.  In may of the same year, the strength of the transport wing was further enhanced with the addition of two Pembroke C Mk 54 which were used for light transport and twin conversion.

The first "fighter" aircraft came in the form of 12 Jet Provosts in 1962.  The new aircraft replaced the Mk 53s and had an additional close support role.  The SAF had a "rough" start with its combat training: Four pilots parished in a training accident in 1962. The four airment were among the first twelve Sudanese "fighter" pilots to have earned their wings.  A further crash in June brought the number of lost aircraft to three in less than two months; a fourth incident sent a another Jet Provost to England for repair in April of the following year following "heavy" landing.

The transport wing was strengthened with the addition of two Douglas C-47 and four Fokker F-27M troopships in the 1964.  Light transport capability came from Switzerland in the form of eight Turbo Porters ordered in 1967. Two of the four initial Fokkers were transferred later to Sudan Airways, the flag carrier.

The monopoly of British and western equipment was broken in 1969 following a military coup by Col. Gaffer Numeiri. With assistance from the Russians and the Chinese, the SAF was equiped with 16 Shenyang F-4 (the chinese version of the MIG-17F).  The Russians supplied a squadron of MIG-21s, An-12 and An-24 transports, Mil Mi-4 and Mi-8 helicopters, and soviet technician and pilot training facilities in the late 1960's and early 1970's.  The "red" preference was altered after Numeiri linked a failed coup attempt to the Soviets.

An-24 in seen here in a semi-civilian paint scheme
In 1976 and 1977, the Sudan received encouraging reply from the U.S. regarding the sale of aircraft and other ground based equipment.  Arab countries also promised financial assistance, and the Soviet 'help" was  ended with the expulsion of Russian military advisors and half of the diplomatic staff from Khartoum in May 1977

U.S. made aircraft made their first flights with Sudanese insignia in 1978;  six C-130H Hercules heavy transports formed the backbone of the transport wing till recently.  Four Canadian DHC-5D Buffaloes were also received by the transport unit.

C-130H sufferd from lack of spares and attrition, including one "Herc" to sabotague

The U.S. however, was not as generous when it came to the supply of fighter aircraft, which forced president Numeiri to head to France in April 1977 to negotiate for 14 Mirage 5SO's, two 5SOD's and Puma helicopters.  The french deal was later canceled when the U.S. finally agreed to supply the SAF with its Northrop F-5 in April of 1978.   A total of ten F-5Es and Two F-5F trainers and six ground radar units were received.  It is highly unlikely that any of these aircraft - including the Hercules - is still operational due to the U.S. embargo on the Sudan and war attrition. The SAF also received 20 MBB Bo-105 helicopters from Germany for communication and SAR duties and several  Romanian built Pumas for the same purpose.

Two Sudanese F-5Es seen here on their fairy flight through England

More recently, the Libya's Col. Gadaffi donated a squadron MIG-23 Floggers to the SAF. Although, the status of this squadron is not known, it is believed that no "Floggers" are currently flying due to lack of parts and high attrition rates.

The late eighties and early nineties brought the Inqaz era to the Sudan; with it came the supply (Iranian funding) of many fighter and helicopter types to the service.  these include Chinese built F-7 fighter bombers and and Mi-24 Helicopter gunships.

    P.O.Box 736

    The SAF is a seperate service under the commander-in-chief

    Gen. Omar Hassan Ahmed Al-Bashir

    Lt. Gen. Abbas Yusuf Ahmed Al-Badri

    3,000 men


Aircraft type Qty. Role
Antonov An-24RV Coke 5 Transport
Chengdu F-7M Airguard Fishbed 10* Tactical Fighter
CASA C-212-200 Aviocar 2 Transport
Dassault Falcon 50  1 VIP Transport
Dassault Falcon 20F 1 VIP Transport
de Havilland Canada DHC-5D Buffalo  3 Transport
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300  1 Photogrammetric Surveyor
Fokker F.27 Mk 100 Friendship 1 VIP Transport
Lockheed C-130H Hercules 3* Transport
Mikoyan MIG-23BN Flogger-H 3* Tactical Fighter
Shenyang F-5/ Chengdu FT-5 Fresce 10* Tactical Fighter
Agusta-Bell AB 212 10* Transport
ICA IAR-330L (Romanian Built Pumas) 12* Transport / SAR
MBB Bo 105 CB 20* Transport / Antiarmor / SAR
Mil Mi-8T Hip 6* Transport
Mil Mi-24 Hind-D 6* Gunship/Assault
Source (Defence & Foreign Affairs Handbook)
* Indicates unverified quantities

Note: Any information regarding the SAF, its organization or equipment would be greatly apprecaited. 

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