Malagasy Air Force

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Malagasy Air Force
Roundel of Madagascar.svg
Country Madagascar
Part of Military of Madagascar
Aircraft flown
Attack Mig-17
Helicopter Aérospatiale Alouette II
Trainer Humbert Tétras, Aero Synergie J300 Joker
Transport Yakovlev Yak-40, Boeing 737, Antonov An-26

The Malagasy Air Force (French: Armée de l'Air Malgache) (Malagasy: Tafika Anabakabaka Malagasy) is the aerial warfare branch of the armed forces of Madagascar.


Madagascar has a small air force (Armée de l'Air Malgache) which mostly relies on its decaying MiG-17s.[1] Transport is performed by a single An-26 and two Yakovlev Yak-40s Transport is also supplemented by some Alouette IIs. Training is performed by the Aero Synergie J300 fleet. A number of MiG-17s as well as transport aircraft are in "open storage" at Ivato Airport outside Antananarivo,[2] the Madagascar Air Force has retired its MiG-21s and they are also in "open storage". Madagascar has many "bone yards" where old aircraft wrecks are stored,[3] the principal arms suppliers are the USSR, USA and France.


A MiG-17 of the Malagasy Air Force

Current inventory[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Combat Aircraft
Mikoyan MiG-17 USSR fighter 2
Mikoyan MiG-21 USSR fighter 0[2]
Antonov An-26 USSR Transport 1[4]
Cessna 337 Skymaster United States Transport 2[4]
Yakovlev Yak-40 USSR VIP Transport 2[4]
Boeing 737 United States VIP Transport 2[4]
Cessna 310 United States Communications 1[4]
Piper Aztec United States Communications PA-23-250 Aztec D 1[4]
Aérospatiale Alouette II France Multi-purpose helicopter 4[4]
Mil Mi-8 USSR Utility helicopter 2[4]
Trainer Aircraft
Cessna 172 Skyhawk United States primary trainer 172M 4[4]
Aero Synergie J300 Joker France primary trainer 2[4]
Humbert Tétras France primary trainer 1[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ansar (2013-05-26). "World Military and Police Forces: Madagascar". World Military and Police Forces. Retrieved 2018-05-19. 
  2. ^ a b "Madagascar Air Force Boneyard: Tragic end of Douglas C-47s, Mig-21s and Antonovs - The Dakota Hunter". The Dakota Hunter. 2016-11-23. Retrieved 2018-04-06. 
  3. ^ Pike, John. "Madagascar Air Force / Armée de l'Air Malgache". Retrieved 2018-04-06. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Pike, John. [ "Madagascar Air Force / Arm�e de l'Air Malgache"]. Retrieved 2018-07-02.  replacement character in |title= at position 27 (help)

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