Paraguayan National Police

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Policia Nacional del Paraguay
English Title:
Paraguayan National Police
First Established:
ICAO Code:

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Narrative Summary

The first Paraguayan Police force was established in 1843. In 1992 a new constitution came into effect, which re-organised policing under the newly created Policia Nacional Paraguaya (PNP). The PNP come under the Ministry of the Interior. In 1992 a Mil Mi-8 was obtained on lease to evaluate helicopter operations. It subsequently crashed in 1994. In 2010 the Agrupación Especializada (Special Group) established a new aviation unit, the ‘Agrupación Aéreo Fluvial’ (River Air Group), to operate helicopters in support of policing operations.

Key Dates

20 June 1992    Policia Nacional Paraguaya formed from previous police organisations.
May 1992    Single Mi-8 obtained on lease for evaluation.
2010    PNP Aviation Unit established.

Current Status

The PNP helicopters are used primarily for patrol and transport.

Future Plans

No further aquisitions are planned.


National Insignia

A triangular version of the national flag is carried on the fuselage sides and the national colours are carried as horizontal stripes on the tail fin. The PNP shield insignia is displayed on the forward fuselage. All aircraft carry the service title POLICIA NACIONAL on the fuselage.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

All PNP helicopters carry military-style serials in the A-01 to A-15 range, except for the Mi-8 which – appears to have been un-serialled.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

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Aircraft Type Total
Still On
Bell UH-1D Iroquois440Policing
CASA C.212110Transport
Robinson R44 Raven II430Policing

All-Time Aircraft Used List

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Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Bell UH-1D Iroquois42011currentChile
CASA C.21212013currentSpain
Mil Mi-8 'Hip'119921994Russia
Robinson R22 Beta II120102010USA
Robinson R44 Raven II42010currentUSA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.


Main Headquarters

Policia Nacional Paraguaya, Asuncion.

Organisational Structure

The Mi-8 was operated by a specially formed Agrupación Aéreopolicial. Since 2010 all helicopters are operated by the Agrupación Aéreo Fluvial of the Agrupación Especializada.

Current Unit Assignments

Agrupación Aéreo Fluvial

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Agrupación Aéreopolicial
Agrupación Aéreo Fluvial

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All helicopters are based at the Helipuerto Polica Nacional, Asuncion.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The PNP Aviation Unit initially used Silvio Pettirossi International Airport, but soon moved to Helipuerto Polica Nacional, which opened in August 2010.

More Information


Paraguay Aviation Bibliography – to be added


No feature articles known.


Helipuerto de la Policía Nacional

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

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