Current Order of Battle
Botswana Defence Force

Squadron Type Base
Z1 Squadron BN-2 Defender Thebephatshwa AB
Z3 Squadron Cessna O-2 Francistown
Z7 Squadron PC-7 Thebephatshwa AB
Z10 Squadron CASA C-212, C-130, CN235 Thebephatshwa AB
Z12 Squadron BN-2 Defender Francistown
Z21 Squadron Bell 412 Thebephatshwa AB
Z23 Squadron AS 350 Thebephatshwa AB
Z28 Squadron CF-5 Thebephatshwa AB
VIP Squadron Bell 412EP, King Air 200, Gulfstream Gaberone

All-Time Aircraft Used List
Botswana Defence Force

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale AS 350B Ecureuil 11 1985 current France
Agusta-Bell AB412 1 19?? 2000 Italy
Aviatika MAI-890U ? 2003 2004 South Africa
BAC Strikemaster Mk.83 9 1988 1997 Kuwait AF
BAC Strikemaster Mk.87 4 1990 1997 Kenyan AF
Beech Super King Air 200 1 1999 2006 USA
Bell 412 7 1988 current USA
Beech Super King Air 200 1 1999 current USA
Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander 13 1977 current UK
Britten-Norman BN-3 Trislander 2 1984 1990 UK
CASA C-212-300 Aviocar 2 1993 current Spain
CASA CN-235 4 1987 current Indonesia
Cessna A152 2 1979 2000 USA
Cessna O-2A 9 1993 2006 USAF
CFM Streak Shadow 1+ 2002 2004 UK
Dornier Do 328-110 1 2008 20?? Germany
Lockheed C-130B Hercules 3 1997 current USA
Northrop CF-5A Freedom Fighter 10 1996 current Canada
Northrop CF-5D Freedom Fighter 7 1996 current Canada
Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer 8 1990 2012 Switzerland
Pilatus PC-7 Mk II Turbo Trainer 5 2012 current Switzerland
Pilatus PC-12/47E 2 2012 current Botswana Govt.
Scottish Aviation Bulldog 130 6 1980 1991 UK
Short Skyvan 3M 2 1979 1993 UK

Current Aircraft Inventory
Botswana Defence Force

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Northrop CF-5A 10 10 0 Fighter-Bomber
Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander 13 1 0 Transport
Lockheed C-130B Hercules 3 3 0 Transport
CASA C-212-300 Aviocar 2 2 0 Transport
CASA CN-235 4 2 0 Transport
Beech Super King Air 200 1 1 0 Transport
Pilatus PC-12/47E 2 2 0 Transport
Aerospatiale AS 350B Ecureuil 11 10 0 Liaison
Bell 412 7 6 0 Transport
Northrop CF-5D 7 3 0 Trainer
Pilatus PC-7 Mk II 5 5 0 Trainer


Country Profile

The Country


Details to be added.

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National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Botswana History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: Botswana
wikipedia: Botswana
wikipedia: History of Botswana


Text to be added on the development of aviation in Botswana.


Civil Aircraft Registrations

In the British colonial era civil aircraft based in Botswana/Bechuanaland used the registration sequence VQ-ZEA to VQ-ZHZ, 1929-1968. Upon independence the sequence A2-xxx was adopted.

All-time Botswana – civil aircraft register (VQ-ZEa VQ-ZHa A2-aaa).
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Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Defence Force (Botswana Defence Force – Air Wing)

Central Government Agencies

Government Aviation (Government Aviation Unit)

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation – Okavango Air Rescue
Medical Aviation – MRI Botswana
Police Aviation (Botswana Police Service – Air Support Branch)

Commercial Aviation

Air Botswana

wikipedia: Airlines of Botswana
The World’s Airlines: Bechuanaland
The World’s Airlines: Botswana

Private Aviation

To be added


Aircraft Manufacturers

None at present.

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.


Civil Airports & Airfields

Airports in Botswana

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.

On Show

Aviation Museums

None at present

Airshow Dates

Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

None known.

Aviation Bibliography

To be added

Web Links

To be added.