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The Kuwait Air Force (Arabic: للقوات الجوية الكويتية Trans: al-Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Kuwaitiya) is the air arm of the State of Kuwaitmarker. The Air Force headquarters is located at Al Mubarak Air Basemarker, with the remaining forces stationed at Air Defence Brigade,Ali Al Salem Air Basemarker and Ahmed Al Jaber Air Basemarker. The Kuwait Air Force numbers approximately 2,500 officer and enlisted personnel.


The Kuwait Air Force was formed with Britishmarker assistance in the early 1950s. It was initially equipped with British aircraft including the Hawker Hunter fighter and BAC Lightning interceptor.

In the 1970s replacement interceptor aircraft were supplied by Francemarker (Dassault Mirage F1), and ground attack aircraft were acquired from the United Statesmarker (Douglas A-4 Skyhawks).
Kuwait Air Force Lockheed Hercules transport aircraft in 1999
In the 1980s the need for training aircraft was filled by the BAe Hawk and the Shorts Tucano. The delivery of the Tucano was delayed by the invasion of Kuwait in 1990.

During the Invasion of Kuwait, the Kuwait Air Force attempted to defend Kuwait before most of its aircraft, including Lockheed Hercules transport aircraft were evacuated to Saudi Arabiamarker.

After the first Persian Gulf War the air force was re-organised and the McDonnell-Douglas F-18 Hornet replaced the Mirages and Skyhawks.

Aircraft inventory


In service
Aerospatale SA-330 Puma Transport helicopter SA-330H 4
Aerospatiale SA-342 Gazelle Attack helicopter SA-342K 13
BAE Hawk Advanced Trainer Mk.64 10
McDonnell Douglas AH-64D Longbow Apache Attack helicopter - 16
Lockheed L-100 Hercules Transport - 3
Eurocopter AS-332 Super Puma Transport helicopter AS-332M 5
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet Multi role C\D 39
Shorts Tucano Lead-in trainer Mk.52 8
Sikorsky S-92 Helicopter Transport Helicopter S-92A 2

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