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Burundi Army Aviation
Roundel of Burundi.svg
Roundel of airforce of Burundi
Country Burundi
Branch Air force
Service history
Active 1966-Present
Role Aerial warfare
Part of Military of Burundi
Nickname BAF
Battles 1972 Burundian Genocide
African Union Mission in Somalia
November 1966 Burundian coup d'état
SIAI-Marchetti SF260AM, Italy - Air Force JP7002366

A SIAI-Marchetti SF 260 of the Force Armée du Burundi

The Burundi Army Aviation is the air force of the Military of Burundi. The Burundi Air Force had involvement Burundian genocides.


The Force Armée du Burundi was formed in 1966 with help from Belgium and Italy. The first aircraft type was a Douglas DC-3 and Aérospatiale SA 342 Gazelle. in 1974 Burundi brought two SIAI-Marchetti SF-260W Warrior's and SIAI-Marchetti SF-260TP Warrior's for COIN and training duties.[1] Burundi's Mil Mi-24 Hind was used in the 1993.[2]

Aircraft inventoryEdit

The Burundi Army's air unit operates 11 aircraft, including one combat aircraft and six helicopters, of which two are non-operational as of 2012.[3]

Current inventoryEdit

Aircraft Type Versions In service Notes
Aérospatiale SA 342 Gazelle Utility helicopter SA 342L 2[3][4]
Mil Mi-8 Hip Utility helicopter Mi-8 2[3] Both non-operational as of 2012[3]
Cessna 150 Liaison 2[3][5]
Douglas DC-3 Transport 2[3]
Mil Mi-24 Hind Hind-E Attack helicopter 2[3][6]
SIAI-Marchetti SF 260 Trainer SF-260P 1[3]


  1. "Burundi Army Aviation - Force Armée du Burundi / XAIRFORCE". 
  2. "Burundi: The Army in Crisis" (in en). Crisis Group. 2017-04-05. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 IISS (2012), p. 425
  4. "World Air Forces 2013". Flightglobal Insight. 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  5. Andrade 1982, p. 36.
  6. "World Air Forces 2018". Flightglobal Insight. 2018. Retrieved 12 December 2017. (registration required)

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