Kuwait Air Force

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
al-Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Kuwaitiya
English Title:
Kuwait Air Force
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

Military aviation started in Kuwait when the Security Department of Kuwait began to operate a number of Auster aircraft supplied by the Kuwait Aero Club. These were soon supplemented by a pair of Doves. In 1961 a growing threat by Iraq to invade Kuwait was averted by rapidly-deployed British military reinforcements, but this lead to the Air Wing being reorganised as the Kuwait Air Force. The Air Force took delivery of its first jet aircraft in 1962 and expanded rapidly with additional helicopters and other aircraft. Hawker Hunters and then Lightnings formed the nucleus of a fighter force that now operates F/A-18 Hornets. During the Iraqi invasion on 2nd August 1990, KAF aircraft were forced to flee to Bahrain to escape capture. The KAF then regrouped in Saudi Arabia, and was able to conduct offensive operations alongside coalition forces during the United Nations campaign to liberate Kuwait from occupation.

Key Dates

1953    Security Department of Kuwait Air Wing established
1961    Kuwait Air Force established
1960    First helicopters received – Westland Whirlwind
1962    First jet aircraft delivered – Jet Provost
1988    Kuwait Air Force assumes its present name
2 August 1990    Iraq invades and occupies Kuwait
February 1991    Gulf War – United Nations liberates Kuwait

Current Status

To be added.

Future Plans

To be added.


National Insignia

Current — Historical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The Kuwait military serial numbering system consists of a three digit mumber, e.g. 414 for F/A-18C and 145 for Hawk Mk.64. The numbers are reused once a type has been retired.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used.

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service


Main Headquarters

Kuwait City.

Organisational Structure

The KAF is organised into nine Squadrons at three main bases.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

List of Historical Orders of Battle – to be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The main air bases currently used are Ahmed al Jaber, Ali al Salim and Kuwait International Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

In addition to the above, during the 1991 Gulf War KAF aircraft were based at Dhahran in Saudi Arabia.
Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.

More Information


Kuwait Military Aviation Bibliography – to be added.


To be added.


wikipedia: Kuwait Air Force

Scramble: Kuwait Air Force



Air-Britain Photos: Kuwait Air Force

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