Air Element
Suriname Air Force

 

Key Facts

Short Name:
Nickname: unknown
Main Role: Transport
Secondary Role: Utility
First Formed: n/a
Parent Unit: Air Force HQ
Current Status: Active

History

The Air Element of the Suriname Air Force was fomed in 1982 shortly after gaining independence from the Netherlands. In May 1982 the SAF received a couple of BN-2A for observation and transport duties. During a civil war in 1986 the SAF bought two PC-7 and two Alouette III to counter the rebels. Some of the aircraft were sold after the conflict. Two C-212 aircraft were delivered in
December 1998 and May 1999. Although the aircraft provide valuable capabilities for fishery patrol, border patrol and transportation into Suriname’s vast jungle, as for earlier acquisitions, maintaining and operating these relatively sophisticated aircraft is almost impossible with the limited resources of the Surinam Air Force.

Subordinate Units

None.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Hughes 500 1 1982 – 1982 100
Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander 5 1982 – Present 001-004
Cessna 206 Turbo Stationair 1 1982 – 1998 200
Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer 3 1985 – Present 111-113
AĆ©rospatiale Alouette III 2 1986 – 1999 300,400
Bell 205A Iroquois 1 1988 – 1998 300
Cessna 182 1 1993 – Present 007
Cessna 310 1 1993 – 1997 008
CASA 212-400 2 1998 – Present 212,214


Unit Markings

Figure 1
To be added


Main Bases

Base Duration
Luchtmachtbasis Zorg en Hoop/Paramaribo 1982 – Present


Photographs

None currently available.

More Information

References

  • Latin-American Military Aviation (John Andrade)
  • World Air Forces Directory 2004/2005 (Ian Carroll)

Other Sources

To be added.

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