Turkish Cypriot Security Forces Command

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus / Kuzey Kıbrıs Türk Cumhuriyeti (TRNC/KKTC) has a small security force manned by Turkish Cypriots. It operates independently of the Turkish armed forces based in northern Cyprus. Most of the equipment and training is supplied by the Turkish Army.

The Turkish Cypriot Security Force was established in 1975, not long after the Turkish occupation of Northern Cyprus. It seems that about ten years later an Air Unit was established with equipment from the Turkish Army. Around the year 2000 this unit upgraded to the latest AS 532 Cougar helicopter.

Key Dates

July 1974    Turkish forces occupy Northern Cyprus
1975   Turkish Cypriot Security Force established
19??   Air Unit established

Current Status

The helicopters of the GKK are fully operational.

Future Plans

No information available.

Markings

National Insignia

The helicopters appear to operate without national insignia, except possibly a TRNC flag on the fin. Service titles appear on the tail boom TURK xxxx??

Aircraft Serial Numbers

No information available on GKK serial numbering. It is possible that Turkish Army serials are retained.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

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Aircraft Type Total
Del'd
Total
Now
Still On
Order
Role
Aerospatiale AS 532 Cougar220Security

All-Time Aircraft Used List

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Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Aerospatiale AS 532 Cougar2?currentTurkish Army
Bell UH-1 Iroquois?19???Turkish Army
Mil Mi-17 'Hip-H'2199??unknown

Aircraft NOT Used

The Cessna 172 reported in EAFD is most likely a civilian aircraft.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Security Forces Command, Boğaz, Girne. (Girne is the Turkish name for Kyrenia).

Organisational Structure

The GKK Air Unit has no subsidiary units.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The location of the helicopter base is not known. Possible it is in the region of Girne/Kyrenia.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

Aerospace Encyclopedia of World Air Forces (Aerospace, 1999) p.170
European Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Mach III)

Magazines

To be added.

Websites

Official Website
GKK Official Website Translated
wikipedia: Security Forces Command
Facebook page

Any photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

Mil Mi-17 ‘Hip-H’

in Turkish Cypriot Security Force service

History

Two Mi-17 reportedly in use around 1999. The Turkish Army never used this type, only the Jandarmerie, so the possible origin of these helicopters is mysterious. Used for Security duties.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
?     199?  
?     199?  

More Information

References

  • Aerospace Encyclopedia of World Air Forces (Aerospace, 1999) p.170

Other Sources

To be added.

Bell UH-1 Iroquois

in Turkish Cypriot Security Force service

History

Some Bell UH-1 acquired from the Turkish Army in the 1970s. One reference identifies them as “UH-1D” variants, but the Turkish Army only used the AB204, AB205 and UH-1H versions. Used for security duties. Retired when replaced by the AS 532 Cougar.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
?     19??  
?     19??  

More Information

References

  • Aerospace Encyclopedia of World Air Forces (Aerospace, 1999) p.170

Other Sources

To be added.

Aerospatiale AS 532 Cougar

in Turkish Cypriot Security Force service

History

Two AS 532 acquired from the Turkish Army sometime between 1996 and 2005. Used for Security duties. One appears to be dedicated to Search and Rescue duties, and the other to Medical Evacuation.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
?     ?  
?     ?  

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.