Aerospatiale SA 316B Alouette III
in Armed Forces of Malta service


Key Facts

Total Delivered: 5
Total Still Active: 3
Total Now Stored: 0
Service Entry: 1992
Retirement: current
Main Role: Medevac/SAR
Origin: Libyan AF/KLu


Three LARAF SA.316B Alouette IIIs were left behind by the Libyans after their hasty departure in August 1980. Unfortunately, they had to be put into storage as the Libyans had taken with them all the log books and maintenance records of these machines. On 11 June 1991, the missing documents were formally handed over to Malta, and in 1992 the three Alouettes were then sent abroad for overhaul. Two more Alouettes were acquired from Royal Netherlands Air Force in 1996, although some references describe these as SE3160 variants. Used for Patrol, Search and Rescue and Medical Evacuation duties.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
AS9315 2288 LC-2288 1992 Initially serialled 9H-AAV.
AS9211 2295 LC-2295 1992 Initially serialled 9H-AAW.
AS9212 2315 LC-2315 1992 Initially serialled 9H-AAX.
AS9617 1209 A-209 1996 Initially serialled 9H-ADA. stored Sept 2004
AS9618 1399 A-399 1996 Initially serialled 9H-ADB.


Alouette III AS9211 at Luqa.
(photo: Pierre Gillard by courtesy of

More Information


  • World Air Power Journal No.9
  • Worldmil(1988)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2001/02 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2005/06 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Mach III)
  • Scramble Military Database

Other Sources

To be added.

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