Paraguayan Ministry of National Defence

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Ministerio de Defensa Nacional (MINDEF) or, Paraguayan Ministry of National Defence, has operated a number of light aircraft separately from the Air Force since at least the 1960s.

Key Dates

196?    MINDEF aviation section established.

Current Status

The MINDEF aircraft are used primarily for transport and communication.

Future Plans

No plans known.

Markings

National Insignia

MIDEF aircraft operate in civilian colour schemes with the national flag on the tail fin. No service titles are displayed.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

All MINDEF aircraft carry Paraguayan civil aircraft registrations in the ZP-MDx sequence.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Cessna U206G Stationair 1 1 0 Transport
Cessna 310R 1 1 0 Transport

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Beech A36 Bonanza 2 1973 1999 USA
Cessna 180 1 1962 ? USA
Cessna U206G Stationair 1 1996 present FAP
Cessna 310R 1 1996 present FAP
Piper PA-?? 1 1962 ? ?

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Ministerio de Defensa Nacional, Asuncion.

Organisational Structure

Not applicable.

Current Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All aircraft are based at the Silvio Pettirossi IAP.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The main base has been Silvio Pettirossi International Airport.

More Information

Books

Paraguay Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

No feature articles known.

Websites

World Air Forces Directory 2006/2007 (Ian Carroll)
World Air Forces Directory 2013/14 (Ian Carroll)
Scramble Database Paraguay
World Survey of Civil Aviation – South America

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

Hanriot HD.1

in Paraguayan Air Force service

History

Three Hanriot HD.1 obtained direct from the manufacturer in 1923. Used by the ??


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
  n/a   1923 n/a
  n/a   1923 n/a
  n/a   1923 n/a


Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Paraguayan Anti-Drugs Force

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Under the dictatorship of President Alfredo Stroessner (1954 – 1989), Paraguay became a haven for drug smugglers and arms dealers. The trade in illegal drugs soared spectacularly and corruption amongst law enforcement officials was common. Since the overthrow of Stroessner in 1989, the government has been working to clamp down on illegal drugs. In 1991 a central authority called the Secretaría Nacional Antidrogas (SENAD) was established to coordinate the areas of demand reduction, supply reduction, control measures and the information center. SENAD is funded separately from the Police and Armed Forces and reports directly to the office of the President. It works with the Anti-Narcotics Police (DINAR) and the Policia Nacional (PNP) in carrying out drug seizure operations.

In 1996 an aviation unit was established, to operate three UH-1 heiicopters specifically obtained from Argentina. The aviation unit was disbanded in March 2004 and air support is now provided by the Air Force.

Key Dates

1991    SENAD first established.
1996    SENAD Aviation Unit established.
2004    Aviation Unit disbanded.

Current Status

The SENAD Aviation Unit was disbanded in 2004.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

National Insignia

No information available on aircraft markings.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

SENAD helicopters carried military-syle serials in the range PR-H-00x.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Click on aircraft type for more details
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Bell UH-1B Iroquois319962004Argentina

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Secretaría Nacional Antidrogas, Asuncion, Paraguay.

Organisational Structure

All helicopters were operated by the Aviation Unit of the SENAD.

Current Unit Assignments

No units.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The SENAD Aviation Unit used Silvio Pettirossi International Airport?

More Information

Books

Paraguay Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

No feature articles known.

Websites

Official SENAD website

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

Bell UH-1B Iroquois

in Paraguayan Anti-Drugs Force service

History

Three ex-military UH-1B converted to civilian standard by Garlick Helicopters Inc of Hamilton, Montana and supplied by Servicios Especiales SA of Argentina. Used by SENAD.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
PR-H-003 833 63-8611, LV-WMS 1996 wfu Mar 2004, stored Nu Guazu 2010
PR-H-004 1157 64-14033, LV-WIX 1982 wfu Mar 2004, stored Nu Guazu 2010
PR-H-005 426 62-1906, LV-WED 1982 62-1906, TI-SPP, N4242T, LV-WED. Preserved Asuncion 2010


Pictures

None available at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Cessna 208 Grand Caravan

in Paraguayan Air Force Service

History

Two Cessna 208B Caravan ordered March 2011 and delivered from December 2011. Used by the Grupo Aéreo de Transporte Especiales.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
0250 208B-2306 N51444, ZP-BDO 2 Dec 2011  
0251 ? ZP-BBN 28 Jun 2012  


Pictures



More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Bell 427

in Paraguayan Air Force service

History

One Bell 427 donated by Taiwan on 4 May 2011. Used by the Presidential Flight.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
H-0401 56011 N367ND May 2011 n/a


Pictures


MyAviation.net:
Click here for bigger photo!
Photographer © JerryE


More Information

References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2013/2014 (Ian Carroll)

Other Sources

To be added.

Aircraft Not Used

by the Paraguayan Air Force

This page gives details of the aircraft types that were offered or promised to the Paraguayan Air Force, but not delivered, cancelled official orders, and types have been falsely reported as being in service.

Cessna T-37C
The supply of 12 ex-Brazilian Air Force T-37Cs was proposed in 1979 to replace FAP T-6 trainers, but the US government vetoed the deal.
Tweet and Dragonfly: The Story of the Cessna A-37 and T-37

Mil Mi-8T ‘Hip’
A Mil-8T was reportedly delivered in May 1992 and written off in 1994. This machine was actually leased to the Policia Nacional and not the Air Force.

Northrop F-5E Tiger II
A deal to obtain 12 F-5E/F aircraft from Taiwan was under negotiation in the late 1990s, but could not be completed due to lack of funds and air base infrastructure limitations.

Paraguayan Ministry of Agriculture and Livesock

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The first Paraguayan Ministerio de Agricultura was established in 1936. In 1950 a re-organisation led to the establishment of the present Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganaderia (MAG – Ministry of Agriculture and Livesock). Circa 1998 an aviation unit was estabished, to operate light aircraft in support of ministry operations.

Key Dates

1950    MAG formed from previous Ministerio de Agricultura.
1998?    MAG Aviation Unit established.

Current Status

The MAG aircraft are used primarily for transporting officials around the country, in support of various agricultural programmes.

Future Plans

No further aquisitions are planned.

Markings

National Insignia

MAG aircraft are very plain, with just the national flag on the tail fin. No MAG insignia or service titles are carried.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

All MAG aircraft carry civilian registrations.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Click on aircraft type for more details
Aircraft Type Total
Del'd
Total
Now
Still On
Order
Role
Beech 55 Baron110Transport
Cessna 210 Centurion110Transport

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Click on aircraft type for more details
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Beech 55 Baron1?current?
Cessna 210 Centurion1?current?

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganaderia, Av Mariscal José Félix Estigarribia, San Lorenzo, Paraguay.

Organisational Structure

All sircraft are operated by the Aviation Unit of the MAG.

Current Unit Assignments

No units.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All MAG aircraft are based at Silvio Pettirossi International Airport, Asuncion.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The MAG Aviation Unit has used Silvio Pettirossi International Airport since its establishment.

More Information

Books

Paraguay Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

No feature articles known.

Websites

Official MAG website

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

Cessna 210 Centurion

in Paraguayan Ministry of Agriculture service

History

At least one Cessna 210L Centurion used by the Aviation Unit of the Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganaderia. Operated between 2005 and 2013 at least.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
ZP-TIG 210-60524 ? ?  


Pictures

None available at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.