Paraguayan Ministry of National Defence

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Ministerio de Defensa Nacional
English Title:
Paraguayan Ministry of National Defence
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

The Ministerio de Defensa Nacional (MINDEF) or, Paraguayan Ministry of National Defence, has operated a number of light aircraft separately from the Air Force since at least the 1960s.

Key Dates

196?    MINDEF aviation section established.

Current Status

The MINDEF aircraft are used primarily for transport and communication.

Future Plans

No plans known.


National Insignia

MIDEF aircraft operate in civilian colour schemes with the national flag on the tail fin. No service titles are displayed.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

All MINDEF aircraft carry Paraguayan civil aircraft registrations in the ZP-MDx sequence.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Cessna U206G Stationair 1 1 0 Transport
Cessna 310R 1 1 0 Transport

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Beech A36 Bonanza 2 1973 1999 USA
Cessna 180 1 1962 ? USA
Cessna U206G Stationair 1 1996 present FAP
Cessna 310R 1 1996 present FAP
Piper PA-?? 1 1962 ? ?

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.


Main Headquarters

Ministerio de Defensa Nacional, Asuncion.

Organisational Structure

Not applicable.

Current Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All aircraft are based at the Silvio Pettirossi IAP.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The main base has been Silvio Pettirossi International Airport.

More Information


Paraguay Aviation Bibliography – to be added


No feature articles known.


World Air Forces Directory 2006/2007 (Ian Carroll)
World Air Forces Directory 2013/14 (Ian Carroll)
Scramble Database Paraguay
World Survey of Civil Aviation – South America

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

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