Bell 205A-1

in Bahrain Public Security Service

History

One Bell 205A-1 obtained from USA in 1978. Used for policing duties. Withdrawn from service in 1979.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
BPS-7 30218   Oct 1978 to 9V-BML, LN-ORX

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References

  • Worldmil (1988)
  • Worldmil (1994)
  • Worldmil (1996)
  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.

MBB Bo 105
in Royal Bahraini Navy service

History

Two Bo 105CBS-MSS acquired new from the manufacturer in 1994. The Bo 105CBS-MSS is a navalised version of the CBS-4, equipped for maritime surveillance and SAR with provisions including a search radar in an undernose radome and NVG compatible cockpit lighting. It can also be used for over the horizon targeting of the Exocet MM40 anti-shipping missile. Operated by the 5th Squadron.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
511     August 1994 noted Apr 1999
?     1994  

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References

  • World Air Power Journal Vol 21 Summer 1995 p.9
  • Worldmil (1996) p.51
  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.

Agusta-Bell AB206A JetRanger
in Armed Forces of Malta service

History

One AB.206A donated by Libya and delivered on 4 June 1973. Used for Search & Rescue duties. Sold in November 1997.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
9H-AAJ 8185 8185 1973 Sold as G-DNCN. New serial AS7305 not worn.

Pictures

AB.206A 9H-AAJ.
(photo: Peter Tonna via Roberto Benetti)

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References

  • World Air Power Journal No.9
  • European Air Forces Directory 2001/02 (Mach III)
  • European Air Arms 2004 (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.

Agusta-Bell AB47G
in Armed Forces of Malta service

History

Three AB.47G-2 donated by West Germany (ex-HEER) and delivered in May 1972. Used for patrol and Search & Rescue duties. Overhauled at Bergamo, Italy 1975-mid 1976. Two of the AB.47s were put into storage from 1997 and then sold.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
AS7201 225 74+02 May 1972 Initially serialled 9H-AAE.
9H-AAF 260 75+18 May 1972 New serial AS7302 not worn. wfu 1999. To F-GLNY Dec 2000.
9H-AAG 262 74+20 May 1972 New serial AS7303 not worn. wfu 20 Nov 1997. Sold to UAE Feb 1998.

Pictures

AB.47G-2 9H-AAF.
(photo: Estelle Calleja via armedforcesofmalta.com)

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References

  • World Air Power Journal No.9
  • European Air Forces Directory 2001/02 (Mach III)
  • European Air Arms 2004 (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.

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

History

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.

Pictures

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

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References

  • 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.

Scottish Aviation Bulldog T.1
in Armed Forces of Malta service

History

Four Bulldog T.1 obtained from the Royal Air Force and delivered in February 2000. A fifth RAF Bulldog T.1 was acquired in 2001. Used for training and patrol duties.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
AS0020 337 XX691 Feb 2000 Initially serialled 9H-ADQ. ‘Hope’
AS0021 345 XX696 Feb 2000 Initially serialled 9H-ADR. ‘Faith’
AS0022 358 XX709 Feb 2000 Initially serialled 9H-ADS. ‘Desperation’
AS0023 363 XX714 Feb 2000 Initially serialled 9H-ADT. ‘Charity’
AS0024 240 XX547 July 2001  

Pictures

Bulldog T.1 AS0023.
(photo: via armedforcesofmalta.com)

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References

  • World Air Power Journal No.9
  • European Air Forces Directory 2001/02 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2005/06 (Mach III)
  • Air Pictorial April 2002
  • European Air Arms 2004 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Mach III)
  • Scramble Military Database

Other Sources

To be added.