|9 Squadron||F/A-18C/D Hornet||Ahmad Al Jaber AB|
|12 Squadron||Hawk Mk.64||Ali Salim Sabah AB|
|19 Squadron||Tucano T.52||Ali Salim Sabah AB|
|25 Squadron||F/A-18C/D Hornet||Ahmad Al Jaber AB|
|32 Squadron||SA 330H Puma||Ali Salim Sabah AB|
|33 Squadron||SA 342K Gazelle||Ali Salim Sabah AB|
|41 Squadron||L-100-30 Hercules||Ali Salim Sabah AB|
|61 Squadron||F/A-18C/D Hornet||Ali Salim Sabah AB|
|62 Squadron||AS 532SC Cougar||Ali Salim Sabah AB|
|88 Squadron||AH-64D Apache Longbow||Ali Salim Sabah AB|
|91 Squadron||S-92A||Kuwait IAP|
|Aircraft Type||Total Del’d||Total Active||Still on Order||Role|
|Aerospatiale AS 532SC Cougar||6||4||0||Maritime Patrol/ASW|
|Aerospatiale SA 330H Puma||12||6||0||Transport|
|Aerospatiale SA 342K Gazelle||24||14||0||Anti-Armour|
|Airbus Helicopters H225M||0||0||24||Assault|
|Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow||16||16||0||Anti-Armour/Attack|
|Boeing C-17 Globemaster III||2||2||0||Transport|
|Boeing F/A-18C Hornet||32||27||0||Fighter-Bomber/Recce.|
|Boeing F/A-18D Hornet||8||7||0||Trainer|
|British Aerospace Hawk T.64||12||10||0||Trainer/Light Attack|
|Lockheed L-100-30 Hercules||4||3||0||Transport|
|Lockheed Martin KC-130J Super Hercules||3||3||5||Tanker/Transport|
|Shorts Tucano T.52||16||12||0||Trainer|
|Aircraft Type||Quantity||Service Entry||Out of Service||Origin|
|Aerospatiale SA 342K Gazelle||24||1974||current||France|
|Aerospatiale SA 330H Puma||12||1975||current||France|
|Aerospatiale AS 532SC Cougar||6||1984||current||France|
|Agusta AB205A Iroquois||8||1968||1977||Italy|
|Agusta AB206A JetRanger||3||1968||1978||Italy|
|Airbus Helicopters H225M||24||–||–||France|
|Auster J1 Autocrat||3||1958||1959+||UK|
|Auster J5 Aiglet Trainer||6||1954||1960+||UK|
|Auster J5P Autocar||3||1953||19??||UK|
|BAC Strikemaster T.83||12||1970||1986||UK|
|BAC Jet Provost T.51||6||1962||1977||UK|
|Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow||16||2005||current||USA|
|Boeing C-17A Globemaster III||2||2014||current||USA|
|Boeing F/A-18C Hornet||32||1992||current||USA|
|Boeing F/A-18D Hornet||8||1992||current||USA|
|British Aerospace Hawk T.64||12||1985||current||UK|
|Dassault Mirage F.1BK||6||1977||2002||France|
|Dassault Mirage F.1CK||27||1976||2002||France|
|de Havilland DH.104 Dove||2||1955||1968||UK|
|de Havilland DH.114 Heron||1||1962||1972||UK|
|De Havilland Canada DHC-4A Caribou||2||1962||1979||Canada|
|English Electric Lightning F.53||12||1968||1977||UK|
|English Electric Lightning T.55||2||1968||1977||UK|
|Hawker Hunter FGA.9||2||1967||1971||UK|
|Hawker Hunter FGA.57||4||1965||1976||UK|
|Hawker Hunter T.67||5||1965||1980||UK|
|Lockheed L-100-20 Hercules||2||1971||1983||USA|
|Lockheed L-100-30 Hercules||4||1983||current||USA|
|Lockheed Martin KC-130J Super Hercules||3||2012||current||USA|
|McDonnell Douglas A-4KU Skyhawk||30||1977||1993||USA|
|McDonnell Douglas TA-4KU Skyhawk||6||1978||1993||USA|
|McDonnell Douglas C-9K/DC-9||3||1976||1997||USA|
|Shorts Tucano T.52||16||1995||current||UK|
|Westland Whirlwind 2||3||1960||1963||UK|
This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by the Kuwait Air Force since its formation:
Main MarkingFin Flash
The markings carried by Security Department of Kuwait aircraft are not known.
The main marking is displayed in 6 positions (i.e. above and below each wing, and on each side of the fuselage) on aircraft – but on the fuselage sides only on helicopters. The fin flash is displayed on the tailfin. Transport aircraft carried the service titles KUWAIT AIR FORCE in English and Arabic. During the period of Kuwaiti occupation 1990-1991, exiled KAF aircraft replaced the roundel with the words ‘FREE KUWAIT’.
Main MarkingFin Flash
Since the 1991 Gulf War, KAF aircraft normally fly without roundels and only dispay the fin flash. Transport aircraft carry the service titles KUWAIT AIR FORCE in English and Arabic.
Some sources indicate that a version of the roundel with the words Kuwait in Arabic script on the green outer ring has been occasionally used. There is little photographic evidence of this.
This page gives details of some of the aircraft types that were offered or promised to the Kuwait Air Force but not delivered, cancelled official orders, and types have been falsely reported as being in service.
Agusta AB204B Iroquois
Six examples reported in service 1968-1978. Probably confusion with the AB205s actually used.
Boeing AH-64A Apache
16 ordered in 1994, but cancelled in 1996.
Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules
Four C-130J reportedly ordered in 2000.
Sikorsky UH-60L Blackhawk
16 ordered in 1996, but cancelled in 1997.
Military aviation started in Kuwait when the Security Department of Kuwait began to operate a number of Auster aircraft supplied by the Kuwait Aero Club. These were soon supplemented by a pair of Doves. In 1961 a growing threat by Iraq to invade Kuwait was averted by rapidly-deployed British military reinforcements, but this lead to the Air Wing being reorganised as the Kuwait Air Force. The Air Force took delivery of its first jet aircraft in 1962 and expanded rapidly with additional helicopters and other aircraft. Hawker Hunters and then Lightnings formed the nucleus of a fighter force that now operates F/A-18 Hornets. During the Iraqi invasion on 2nd August 1990, KAF aircraft were forced to flee to Bahrain to escape capture. The KAF then regrouped in Saudi Arabia, and was able to conduct offensive operations alongside coalition forces during the United Nations campaign to liberate Kuwait from occupation.
|1953||Security Department of Kuwait Air Wing established|
|1961||Kuwait Air Force established|
|1960||First helicopters received – Westland Whirlwind|
|1962||First jet aircraft delivered – Jet Provost|
|1988||Kuwait Air Force assumes its present name|
|2 August 1990||Iraq invades and occupies Kuwait|
|February 1991||Gulf War – United Nations liberates Kuwait|
To be added.
To be added.
Current — Historical
Aircraft Serial Numbers
The Kuwait military serial numbering system consists of a three digit mumber, e.g. 414 for F/A-18C and 145 for Hawk Mk.64. The numbers are reused once a type has been retired.
Coding system not used.
None – Manufacturers designations used.
Current Aircraft Inventory
All-Time Aircraft Used List
Aircraft NOT Used
The KAF is organised into nine Squadrons at three main bases.
Current Order of Battle
Historical Orders of Battle
List of Historical Orders of Battle – to be added.
All-Time Flying Units List
To be added.
Current Air Bases
The main air bases currently used are Ahmed al Jaber, Ali al Salim and Kuwait International Airport.
All-Time Air Bases Used List
In addition to the above, during the 1991 Gulf War KAF aircraft were based at Dhahran in Saudi Arabia.
Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.
Kuwait Military Aviation Bibliography – to be added.
To be added.