Suriname Air Force

Operator Profile
 

Key Facts

Current Title:
Surinaamse Luchtmacht
English Title:
Suriname Air Force
Abbreviation:
SAF
First Established:
1982
ICAO Code:
(None)
Country:
Suriname
Status:
Active

History

Narrative Summary

The Air Element of the Suriname Air Force was formed in 1982, shortly after gaining independence from the Netherlands. In May 1982 the SAF received a couple of BN-2A for observation and transport duties. During a civil war in 1986 the SAF bought two PC-7 and two Alouette III to counter the rebels. Some of the aircraft were sold after the conflict. Two C-212 aircraft were delivered in December 1998 and May 1999. Although the aircraft provide valuable capabilities for fishery patrol, border patrol and transportation into Suriname’s vast jungle, as for earlier acquisitions, maintaining and operating these relatively sophisticated aircraft is almost impossible with the limited resources of the Suriname Air Force.

Key Dates

1982    The Air Element of the Suriname Air Force was formed.

Current Status

Unit of the Air Force is fully operational.

Future Plans

No information available.

Markings

National Insignia

CurrentHistorical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The aircraft use the prefix SAF plus the serial number.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.

Aircraft

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

No false reports of aircraft on order or in service have been noted.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Membre Boekoe Kazerne, Paramaribo.

Organisational Structure

The Air Force is organised in one Air Element.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

None.

All-Time Flying Units List

Air Element / Surinaamse Luchtmacht

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The Surinam Air Force currently operates one major airbase and one secondary airfield.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Military Air Bases Listing

More Information

Books

None.

Magazines

World Air Power Journal 30, p.150

Websites

The Latin American Aviation Historical Society

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