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Madagascar - Air Force / Armée de l'Air Malgache

The mission of the aeronaval forces' 500-member [1975] air component includes combat, transport, and maritime patrol duties. The air force maintains its headquarters at Ivato, near Antananarivo, and operates from bases at Antalaha, Antsohihy, Arivoniamamo, Diego Suarez, Fianarantsoa, Fort Dauphin, Majunga, Nosy-Be, Tamatave, and Tulear. The air force consists of one fighter squadron, a transport squadron, and a helicopter squadron. In addition, the air force has liaison aircraft and trainer aircraft. The Soviet Union became the primary source of military equipment for the Malagasy Armed Forces, including providing access to MiG-21 Fishbed jet fighters, and aided in the construction of a series of sealane intercept stations along Madagascar's west coast astride the Mozambique Channel. These stations were eventually dismantled in 1983 after protests by the West.

Madagascar received substantial military assistance from a number of foreign countries, but since the end of the Cold War this has declined and much of the country’s air force has fallen into disrepair as a result, with its MiG-21s being put in storage. A number of MiG-17s as well as transport aircraft are in 'open storage' at Ivato Airport outside Antananarivo.

Air Force Equipment

90 95 00 05 10 15 16 20 25 30
Personnel ,000 - - - - - - - - - -
Aircraft Source Inventory
Fighter - - - - - - - - - -
MiG-17 SU -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Transport - - - - - - - - - -
An-26 SU -- -- -- -- 1 1 -- -- -- --
BN-2 Islander UK -- -- -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
C212 Aviocar EU -- -- -- -- 2 -- -- -- -- --
Cessna 310 USA -- -- -- -- 1 1 -- -- -- --
Cessna 337 Skymaster USA -- -- -- -- 2 2 -- -- -- --
PA-23 Aztec USA -- -- -- -- 1 1 -- -- -- --
Humbert Tetras FR -- -- -- -- - 1 -- -- -- --
Rallye FR -- -- -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
Passenger / VIP - - - - - - - - - -
Boeing 737 USA -- -- -- -- 2 -- -- -- --
Yak-40 Codling RU -- -- -- -- 4 2 -- -- -- --
Trainer - - - - - - - - - -
Cessna 172 USA -- -- -- -- 1 4 -- -- -- --
Joker 300 FR -- -- -- -- 5 2 -- -- -- --
Helicopter - - - - - - - - - -
SA 318C Alouette II FR -- -- -- -- 4 4 -- -- -- --
Mi-8 Hip RU -- -- -- -- 5 ? -- -- -- --




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