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Libyan Air Force

The Libyan air force was effectively destroyed in 2011, and two years later little had been made to reconstitute this service. The following data have been compiled from a variety of sources, all of which are believed to be reliable. Considerable fluctuation will be noted from year to year. Some of this reflects actual changes in inventory, while much of the variation is believed to reflect the low reliability of information on Libyan armed forces, and the inherent difficulty of assessing a low readiness military force.

NOTES:
+ = some
# = possibly a few, if any, rather low readiness
? = not knowable

Type 1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 2013 2015 2020 2025 2030
Personnel ,000 - - 22 23 18 - - - - -
Active -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Reserve -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Aircraft, Fixed Wing - - - - 623 28 - - - -
Bombers ......6...7 # ? ? ? ?
TU-22A/B/U Blinder ... ... 6 6 7 # ? ? ? ?
Fighter / Ground Attack ......343274336# ? ? ? ?
SU-17/20/22M-2/22UM-3K Fitter ... ... 45 5353 # ? ? ? ?
Mirage 5DD ... ... 14 5 - - - - - -
Mirage 5D/DE ... ... 30 30 - - - - - -
Mirage F1-ED ... ... 15 15 15 # ? ? ? ?
Mirage F1-AD ... ... 14 14 14 # ? ? ? ?
MiG-25 Foxbat ... ... 60 94 94 # ? ? ? ?
MiG-23BN Flogger ... ... 40 40 40 # ? ? ? ?
MiG-23B/ML/MS Flogger ... ... 75 75 75 # ? ? ? ?
Mig-21MF Fishbed ... ... 50 45 45 + ? ? ? ?
Counterinsurgency ......2420-- - - - -
Jastreb J-1E ... ... 24 20 - - - - - -
Reconnaissance ......1257# ? ? ? ?
Mirage 5DR ... ... 5 4 - # ? ? ? ?
Mig 25-R Foxbat ... ... 7 7 7 # ? ? ? ?
Strike / multi-role ......64146# ? ? ? ?
SU-24MK Fencer ... ... 12 12 6 # ? ? ? ?
SU-22M-3 Fitter ... ... 40 ... - - - - - -
MIG-25R/U Foxbat ... ... 10 ... 3 # ? ? ? ?
TU-22U Blinder ... ... 2 2 - - - - - -
Tankers ......22-- - - - -
KC-130H Hercules ... ... 2 2 - - - - - -
Transport ......777591# ? ? ? ?
An-124 - - - - 2 # ? ? ? ?
An-26 Curl ... ... 15 15 23 # ? ? ? ?
Boeing 707-320 ... ... 1 1 - - - - - -
C-140 Jetstar ... ... 1 - - - - - - -
C-130H Hercules ... ... 5 5 15 # ? ? ? ?
L100-30 Hercules ... ... 3 3 3 # ? ? ? ?
L-100-20 Hercules ... ... 2 2 2 # ? ? ? ?
G-222 ... ... 16 16 16 # ? ? ? ?
I1-76M Candid ... ... 18 18 25 # ? ? ? ?
L-410UVP Turbolet ... ... 15 15 15 # ? ? ? ?
Training and Liaison ......284262176# ? ? ? ?
TU-22 Blinder ... ... 1 - - - - - - -
MIG-25U Foxbat ... ... + 3 3 # ? ? ? ?
MiG-23U/UB Flogger ... ... 15 15 15 # ? ? ? ?
Mirage F1-BD ... ... 6 6 3 # ? ? ? ?
L-39ZO Albatross ... ... 150 100 115 # ? ? ? ?
G-2AE Galeb ... ... 80 68 20 # ? ? ? ?
SF-260WL Marchetti ... ... 20 70 20 # ? ? ? ?
CM-170 Magister ... ... 12 - - - - - - -
Helicopters ......1801051368 ? ? ? ?
Mi-35V Hind ... ... 12 35 12 # ? ? ? ?
Mi-24 Hind ... ... 35 29 23 # ? ? ? ?
Mi-8MT/17 Hip ... ... - 34 35 # ? ? ? ?
Mi-14 Haze ... ... 50 ... - - - - - -
Mi-8C Hip ... ... 7 ... - - - - - -
Mi-2 Hoplite ... ... 30 50 46 # ? ? ? ?
CH-47C Chinook ... ... 18 4 4 # ? ? ? ?
SA 316B Alouette III ... ... 10 ... 11 # ? ? ? ?
AB 206A JetRanger ... ... 5 ... 5 # ? ? ? ?
AB-212 Bell ... ... 2 ... - - - - - -
SA-321 Super Frelon ... ... 11 ... - - - - - -

MISSILES:

Air Defense missile launchers ...............# ? ? ? ?
SA-6/8 - - - 72 72 # ? ? ? ?
SA-5 (Antey S-200) ... ... + 48 48 # ? ? ? ?
SA-3 (S-125 Neva) ... ... + 36 36 # ? ? ? ?
SA-2 (V-75 Dvina) ... ... + 108 108 # ? ? ? ?
Air-to-air missiles ...............# ? ? ? ?
R-550 Magique ... ... + + + # ? ? ? ?
Super 530D/F ... ... + - + # ? ? ? ?
R-530 ... ... + + + # ? ? ? ?
AA-11 (Archer) ... ... + - + # ? ? ? ?
AA-8 (Aphid) ... ... + + + # ? ? ? ?
AA-7 (Apex) ... ... + + + # ? ? ? ?
AA-6 (Acrid) ... ... + + + # ? ? ? ?
AA-2 (Atoll) ... ... + + + # ? ? ? ?
Air-to-ground missiles ...............# ? ? ? ?
AS-14 (Kedge) ... ... + - + # ? ? ? ?
AS-11 ... ... - + - - - - - -
AS-10 (Karen) ... ... + - + # ? ? ? ?
AS-9 (Kyle) ... ... + ... + # ? ? ? ?
AS-7 ... ... - + - - - - - -
AT-6 (Spiral) ... ... + - + # ? ? ? ?
AT-2 (Swatter) ... ... + + + # ? ? ? ?




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