French Gendarmerie

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Gendarmerie Nationale
English Title:
French Gendarmerie
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

Controlled by the Ministry of Armed Forces, the Gendarmerie Nationale is a very efficient paramilitary force with close links to the army. In wartime it would act as the Military Police. The first air unit was established on 6 May 1954. Aircraft are maintained by the Army on behalf of the Gendarmerie, and come under the control of the Groupement Central des Formations Aeriennes de la Gendarmerie (GCFAG).

Key Dates

1793    Gendarmerie established.
6 May 1954    Air Unit created.
1954    First helicopters received – AB.47G.

Current Status

The Gendarmerie helicopters are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plan known.


Special Markings

Gendarmerie helicopters have an overall medium blue colour scheme, with a white fuselage cheatline that extends to the end of the tailboom. The national marking, in the form of an Armee de l’Air style roundel, is displayed on the rear fuselage sides. No fin flash is carried. The service titles GENDARMERIE are displayed on the cabin door or lower forward fuselage. Also displayed are the Gendarmerie logo and the individual radio call letters of the particular helicopter.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Gendarmerie aircraft and helicopters carry civil registrations in the F-MJxx and F-MCSx ranges, eg: AS.350B F-MJCU. Earlier registrations are reused as older types are withdrawn.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service – none known.


Main Headquarters

Direction générale de la Gendarmerie nationale, Rue St Didier, Paris.

Organisational Structure

Sections Aeriennes de la Gendarmerie (SAG) comprise two or more helicopters. Detachements Aeriens de la Gendarmerie (DAG) normally comprise only one helicopter. Detachement Saisonnier (DSG) are seasonal detachments from the nearest main unit.

Current Unit Assignments

Table of Current Unit Assignments

Historical Unit Assignments

Historical Unit Assignments for 2008

All-Time Flying Units List

List of Flying Units

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

See organisation table above.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information


French Aviation Bibliography – to be added


World Air Power Journal No.10 p.156


Official Gendarmerie website

wikipedia: Gendarmerie Nationale
wikipedia: Forces Aeriennes de la Gendarmerie Nationale

Les hélicoptères de la Gendarmerie

Gendarmerie historique

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

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