All-Time Aircraft Used List
Bophuthatswana Air Force

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
CASA C-212 Aviocar 2 1985 1994 Spain
CASA CN235 1 1991 1994 Spain
Helio H295 Courier 2 1982 1985 ?
MBB BK117 2 1987 1994 W. Germany
Partenavia P68 Observer 2 1983 1991 Italy
Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter 1 1990 1994 Switzerland
Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer 3 1990 1994 Switzerland
Aerospatiale Alouette III 2 1981 1994 France
Aerospatiale SA 365N-1 Dauphin 2 1 1989 1994 France
Aerospatiale AS 355 Ecureuil 2 1 1983 1992 France

All-Time Aircraft Used List
Ciskei Defence Force

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Beech Super King Air 300 1 19?? 1994 USA
Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander 4 1980 1994 UK/Romania
Cessna 152L 2 1986 1994 USA
MBB Bo 105CBS 1 1981 1994 W. Germany
MBB BK117A-1 3 1983 1994 W. Germany
Rockwell S-2R Thrush Commander 2 1985 1994 Israel
Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub 1 1985 1994 ?
Short Skyvan 3 2 1981 1994 UK

Armed Forces of Malta

Operator Profile


Narrative Summary

Air Wing History

Key Dates

Air Wing Timeline

Current Status

Malta does not have conscription, and consequently, the Air Wing is manned by professionals. The main tasks are coastal patrol, communications, search and rescue and medical evacuation flights.

Future Plans

None known.


National Insignia


Aircraft Serial Numbers

All Maltese military aircraft were initially allocated civilian registrations on the Maltese civil aircraft register. For example, the single Agusta-Bell AB.206A was registered 9H-AAJ.

In May 2000, a new military serialling system was introduced. This comprised a four-digit serial number prefixed by the letters ‘AS’ for Air Squadron. The first two digits indicate the year of introduction into service and the second two being the overall sequence number. Thus Bulldog AS0020 was acquired in the year 2000 and was the 20th aircraft to be operated by Malta.

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

One Eurocopter UH-72A Lakota was ordered from the US production line in 2008, but this order was deferred in April 2009 and eventually cancelled.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.


Main Headquarters

St Patrick’s Barracks, Luqa.

Organisational Structure

Malta has no defence ministry so the AFM reports directly to the Prime Minister. The AFM originally comprised 3 numbered Regiments, of which the second had the Air Squadron attached to it. The 2nd Regiment comprised Air Defence Artillery, Aviation and Maritime units. In October 2006 the 2nd Regiment was disbanded and its subordinate units given greater autonomy. The Air Squadron was enlarged into an Air Wing to take on more maritime security duties. It currently comprises a helicopter flight and a fixed-wing flight.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

Historical Order of Battle for 2002

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All aircraft and helicopters are currently based at Luqa International Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The Helicopter Flight was initially based at St Patrick’s Barracks but later moved to Luqa. The British established a number of airfields around the country, and some may still be in civilian use.

Malta Air Bases Listing – to be added.

More Information


Aerospace Encyclopedia of World Air Forces (Aerospace, 1999)


World Air Power Journal No.5 p.146
World Air Power Journal No.9 p.22-23
World Air Power Journal No.10 p.18
Air Action No.37 p.30-31
Air Forces Monthly January 1997 p.23-25
Air International July 1996
Air Pictorial April 2002


wikipedia: Air Wing of the Armed Forces of Malta

Official Armed Forces of Malta Website

2nd Regiment Armed Forces of Malta Unofficial Website (Password: St. Barbara)

Aviation in Malta AFM Page