South Sudan Air Force

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
South Sudan Air Force
English Title:
South Sudan Air Force
First Established:
ICAO Code:
South Sudan


Narrative Summary

South Sudan gained autonomy on 9 July 2005. Legislation to enable the creation of a South Sudan Air Force (SSAF) was approved in June 2008. The first aircraft was received in February 2010, and the first helicopters from an initial order for 10 was received in December 2010. Full independence from Sudan was achieved on 9 July 2011. Initially called the Sudan People’s Liberation Air Force, it appears to have become the Sudan People’s Air Force by 2010, and later assumed it’s present title.

Continued political instability in the country resulted in a civil war breaking out on 15 December 2015. The Air Force has been involved in supporting government forces in retaining control of most of the country.

Key Dates

24 June 2008    South Sudan Air Force formally created
Feb 2010    First fixed-wing aircraft received – Beech 1900
Dec 2010    First helicopters received – Mi-17

Current Status

The South Sudan Air Force is fully operational.

Future Plans

To be added.


National Insignia

The South Sudan Air Force uses a black-red-green roundel with a blue leading segment containing a yellow star. The national flag is used as a fin flash.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

SSAF helicopters carry serials consisting of a three digit number and the prefix ‘SPAF-‘ e.g. SPAF-106 for a Mil-17V-5. The Beech 1900 carried the last three letters of it’s civil registration.

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

To be added.


Main Headquarters

Juba Air Base, Juba.

Organisational Structure

The SSAF is organised into a Helicopter Unit and a Fixed Wing Unit.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

Helicopter Unit
Fixed Wing Unit

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All aircraft are based at Juba IAP.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added.

More Information


World Air Forces Directory 2013/14 by Ian Carroll (Mach III)


To be added.


Southern Sudan’s new air force

wikipedia: South Sudan Air Force

Scramble: South Sudan

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