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L-39C '25/ML' seen at Pochentong, 7 March 2000.
(photo, Dick Lohuis)

Aero L-39C Albatros
Six supplied by Israel Aircraft Industries in July 1996. Based at Pochentong, and operated by the Fighter squadron for combat training. By late 2006 believed to have been grounded.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
25 132135   1996  
26 132038   1996  
27 132035   1996  
28 131122   1996  
? 530548   1996 w/o 12 Dec 1997
? 530546   1996  

References:

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)



An-24RV XU-312 seen at Pochentong, 7 March 2000.
(photo, Dick Lohuis)

Antonov An-24RV
Three used as transports on an ad hoc basis, in conjunction with Air Kampuchea (later called Cambodian Airlines). Other An-24s have been, or are operating with civilian airlines in Cambodia. These aircraft are possibly used when needed by the air force.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
XU-311 27307803 CCCP-47261 1993 ex-Air Kampuchea A/L, noted Jan 2004
XU-312 37308904 CCCP-46638 1993 RCAF, noted Mar 2000
XU-314 17307001 CCCP-47809 1993 ex-Air Kampuchea A/L, noted Mar 2000

References:


Antonov An-26B
One operated by the RCAF circa 1993-2000. Withdrawn from use. WAFD 2006/07 quotes reg'n XU-310, but this was a civil An-24RV. Other sources quote XU-325, but this has remained civilian since its sale by Aeroflot.

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

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Harbin Y12-II
Two were taken over in early 2000 from the airline Royal Air Cambodia (who obtained the aircraft in 1993). Both are operated by the Transport squadron.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
XU-016 083 XU-701 2000 Noted Mar 2000
XU-017 084 XU-702 2000 Noted Mar 2000

References:

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)



MiG-21bis 7105 seen at Pochentong, 7 March 2000.
(photo, Dick Lohuis)

MiG-21bis Fishbed
The MiG-21bis Fishbed-Ls operated by the RCAF had all served with the KPAF. Four instead of the planned 13 were up-graded by IAI at Tel Aviv/Ben Gurion IAP during 1995. Plans for additional upgrades were stalled due to lack of funds. Most of the remaining MiGs are currently grounded due to airframe fatigue and lack of funds. The operational capability of the RCAF MiGs may perhaps be described as limited at best, and non-existent at worst.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
7101 75096284?   1993 Wfu Pochentong, noted March 2000
7102 75096289   1993 To Israel for up-grade by IAI. Returned to Cambodia in Feb 2000
7103 7509...   1993 Wfu Pochentong, noted March 2000
7104 75096246   1993 Wfu Pochentong, noted March 2000
7105 75096238   1993 Wfu Pochentong, noted March 2000
7106 75096284?   1993 Wfu Pochentong, noted March 2000
7107 75096409   1993 Wfu Pochentong, noted March 2000
7108 7509...   1993 Wfu Pochentong, noted 1992
7109 75096261   1993 Wfu Pochentong, noted March 2000
7110 75096424   1993 Wfu Pochentong, noted March 2000
7111 75096328   1993 Wfu Pochentong, noted March 2000
7112 75096320   1993 Wfu Pochentong, noted March 2000
7113 7509...   1993 Wfu Pochentong, noted March 2000
7116 75097417   1993 Wfu Pochentong, noted March 2000
7117 75097442   1993 Wfu Pochentong, noted March 2000
7118 7509...   1993 Up-graded by IAI. Still at Tel Aviv/Ben Gurion IAP May 2000.
7119 75097461   1993 Wfu Pochentong, noted March 2000
7120 75097468   1993 Wfu Pochentong, noted March 2000
7121 75097504   1993 Wfu Pochentong, noted March 2000

References:

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)



Grounded fleet of 15 MiG-21bis & MiG-2UM
at Phnom Penh in January 2002.
(photo, Nathalie)

MiG-21UM Mongol
All three MiG-21UM Mongol-Bs originally served with the KPAF. Two of the 'UM's have been up-graded by IAI.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
7114 516999468   1993 Up-graded by IAI. wfu Pochentong Mar 2000
7115 516999470   1993 Wfu Pochentong March 2000.
7122 516999499   1993 Up-graded by IAI. Still at Tel Aviv/Ben Gurion IAP Apr 2002.

References:

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)


Mi-8 XU-814 seen at Museum of War, Siem
Reap in August 2003. (photo, Mariusz Siecinski)
Mi-8 XU-802 seen at Pochentong in September 1992. (photo, Gerard Helmer)

Mil Mi-8 Hip
Eight initially delivered in 1988, followed by two more ex-Ukraine in 1994-95 and two from Slovakia in March 1997. At least twelve (14?) Mi-8s have seen service with the RCAF. Most of these were "inherited" from the KPAF. During the campaign against the remnants of the Khmer Rouge, the Mi-8s saw service as both gunships and troop transports. Some wear Kampuchea Airlines titles. Only 2 Mi-8/17s in service at any one time between 2002 and 2005, with another 3 operated by Prime Minister Hun Sen's body guard unit.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
XU-801     1990? Mi-8S, noted at Pochentong, Jan 1991 & Sep 30, 1992.
XU-802     1988? Mi-8PS, noted at Pochentong, Nov 13, 1988 & Jan 1991. Damaged Jan 28, 1997. Pochentong wfu 2000. to MH-822 by Nov 2005
XU-803       Noted Nov 2002 as MH803.
XU-804     1990? Mi-8MTV-1. Damaged 25 June 2002 force landed during the inauguration of a school. Repaired. Noted at Siem Reap 12 Nov 2002 as RCAF-804. to MH-804 by Nov 2005.
XU-811 252138   1988? Mi-8T. Noted at Pochentong Nov 13, 1988. Noted as operational Mar 1-Nov 23, 2000. to MH-821 by Nov 2005
XU-812     1988? Noted at Pochentong Nov 13, 1988. Destroyed by Khmer Rouge at Anlung Veng, 12 Mar (9 Feb?) 1997.
XU-813     1988? Noted 1988
XU-814     1988? Mi-8T. Noted at Pochentong Nov 13, 1988 & Jan 1991. Last noted as operational Nov 23, 2000. Pres Siem Reap War Museum by mid-2002.
MH-821 252138     Noted Pochentong wfu Nov 2005
MH-822       Mi-8PS. Noted Pochentong wfu Nov 2005

References:

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)



Mi-17 XU-170 seen at Pochentong in
September 1992. (photo, Gerard Helmer)

Mil Mi-17 Hip
Three obtained initially in 1991, followed by two more from Ukraine in 1994-95. Seven (eight?) Mi-17s are known to have served with the RCAF. Although most have seen use as troop transports and gunships, one, XU-023, is normally used for VIP duties by the Council of Ministers. Some wear Kampuchea Airlines titles. Only 2 Mi-8/17s in service at any one time between 2002 and 2005, with another 3 operated by Prime Minister Hun Sen's body guard unit.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
XU-170 229M01     Mi-17-1V. to MH-605 by Nov 2005, wfu
XU-171       Mi-17. Rep as gunship, Nov 1995.
XU-174       Mi-17. Noted Jan 1991 at Pochentong.
XU-175 226M197     Mi-17-1V. to MH-805 by Nov 2005, wfu
XU-176       Mi-17-1V. Rep as gunship, Nov 1995. Stored at Pochentong, Mar 1, 2000.
XU-177 95929     Mi-17-1V. to MH-802 by Nov 2005
XU-178 95926     Mi-17. noted Mar 2000
XU-179 95927     Mi-17. noted Mar 2000
XU-184       Mi-17. Noted at Pochentong as derelict, Mar 1, 2000.
MH-803   ?   Noted Nov 2005
MH-806 226M01     Noted Pochentong wfu Nov 2005

References:

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)
  • Mil Mi-8/Mi-17: Red Star 14 (Midland)



Mil Mi-26T XU-268 seen at Phnom Penh in January 2002.
(photo, Nathalie)

Mil Mi-26 Halo
Two of these heavy-lift helicopters were delivered in July 1998. Both are operated by the Helicopter squadron. The c/ns are not confirmed, but probable.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
XU-268 34001212478? ER-AHB Jul 1998 ex CCCP-06184, RA-06184. Noted Phnom Penh, 9 Jan 2004
XU-269 34001212485? ER-AHA Jul 1998 ex CCCP-06262, RA-06262. Noted Phnom Penh, 9 Jan 2004

References:

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)



P92 Echo XU-205 seen at Pochentong, 7 March 2000.
(photo, Dick Lohuis)

Tecnam P92 Echo
Six of these light aircraft were delivered from Italy in 1995. Originally procured for basic training, but five currently equip the Reconnaissance squadron for observation duties.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
XU-201 051   1995 noted Mar 2000
XU-202 052   1995 noted Mar 2000
XU-203 058   1995 w/o 5 Mar 1995
XU-204 059   1995 noted Mar 2000
XU-205 066   1995 noted Mar 2000
XU-206 067   1995 noted Mar 2000

References:

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)


Additional sources:

Carroll, Ian. World Air Forces Directory 2004/05. Mach III Plus, June 2004.
Hillman, Peter., Jessup, Stuart., Morgan, Adrian., Morris, Tony., Ottenhof, Guus., Roch, Michael. More than Half a Century of Soviet Transports. Fourth fully revised edition. Dutch Aviation Society & The Aviation Hobby Shop, TAHS. July 2004.
Marden, Andy. World - Military Out of Service Mach III Plus, June 2003.


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