Lebanese Air Force

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Lubnania
English Title:
Lebanese Air Force
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

The Lebanese Air Force was first established in 1949, following the Israeli War of Independence on Lebanon’s southern border. The force was initially tasked with internal policing duties, operating from former French Air Force bases. In 1953 Vampire jet fighter-bombers and trainers began to arrive. These were later replaced by Hawker Hunters and in 1968 Dassault Mirage III supersonic fighter-bombers entered service. The civil war which began in the mid-1970s saw the military intervention of both Syria and Israel. During the civil war, the LAF became a largely helicopter force. Since the end of the civil war in the late 1990s, a number of fixed-wing aircraft have been returned to service and orders have been placed for additional equipment.

Key Dates

1949    Lebanese Air Force first established
1953    First jet aircraft delivered – Vampire
1961    First helicopters received – Alouette II

Current Status

To be added.

Future Plans

Take delivery of 3 Cessna 208 Caravan transports.
Take delivery of ten MiG-29s from Russia to replace the Hunters.
Take delivery of 10 SA330 Pumas from UAE.


National Insignia

Current — Historical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The Lebanese military serial numbering system consists of a letter prefix and a three digit mumber, e.g. L-160 for Vampire T.55 and L-1006 for UH-1H. The letter ‘L’ identifies Lebanon. The serials are not 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

Air Force Command, Yarzeh, Beirut.

Organisational Structure

The LAF is organised into seven Squadrons located at three air bases.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

Table of Historical Orders of Battle
Historical Order of Battle for 2002

All-Time Flying Units List

To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The main air bases currently used are Beirut Airport, Kleiat and Rayak.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

In addition to the main bases, here are also a number of smaller airfields around the country which are sometimes used by the Air Force.
Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.

More Information


Lebanese Military Aviation Bibliography – to be added.


To be added


Official Lebanese Air Force webpage

wikipedia: Lebanese Air Force

Scramble: Lebanese Air Force


Airliners.net Forum: Lebanese Air Force

The Independent Guide to the Lebanese Air Force

wikimapia: Halate Airbase

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