Paraguayan Anti-Drugs Force

Operator Profile


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.


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 Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

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Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Bell UH-1B Iroquois319962004Argentina

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.


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


Paraguay Aviation Bibliography – to be added


No feature articles known.


Official SENAD website

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

Bell UH-1B Iroquois

in Paraguayan Anti-Drugs Force service


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


None available at present.

More Information


Other Sources

To be added.