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Royal Cambodian Air Force
Kangtrop Akas Khemarak Phumin
Royales Cambodgiennes Armée de l'air
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Active 1953 – Present
Country Cambodia Kingdom of Cambodia
Type Air Force
Size 2,500 (2010)
Part of Royal Cambodian Armed Forces
Garrison/HQ Phnom Penh
Motto(s) Defending the Kingdom of Cambodia
Anniversaries 9 November 1953
Engagements Cambodian Civil War, Cambodian–Vietnamese War
Commanders
Current
commander
Soeung Samyang

The Royal Cambodian Air Force is the branch of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces which is charged with operating all military aircraft in Cambodia.

Organization[edit | edit source]

The Royal Cambodian Air Force is commanded by Lieutenant General Soeung Samnang, who has four deputy commanders beneath him. The Air Force itself is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of National Defence. Air Force headquarters are located at Phnom Penh International Airport and is still sign posted Pochentong Air Base.[citation needed] The only operational aircraft at Pochentong Air Base are from the VIP squadron.[citation needed] Maintenance of helicopters is also at Pochentong. The airworthy Mi-8, Mil Mi-26 Halo and Mi-17 helicopters from the helicopter squadron are based at Siem Reap International Airport

History[edit | edit source]

During the early 1990 Mi-8, Mil Mi-26 Halo and Mi-17 helicopters entered service with the Air Force, as well as Harbin Y-12 and BN-2 Islander transport aircraft. A VIP transport unit was formed in 1995 using the An-24RV and Beech 200 Super King Air. In 2000 a deal was made with Israeli Aircraft Industries to overhaul MIG 21's and which saw the delivery of L-39C Albatross aircraft for lead in trainers and entered service during 1995–2000.

Aircraft inventory[edit | edit source]

Only the Mi-8, Mil Mi-26 Halo and Mi-17 helicopters are currently serviceable. The VIP fleet of helicopters and passenger aircraft is under the control of the civilian authorities.

Aircraft inventory[edit | edit source]

As of 2015, the backbone of the RCAF inventory consists of:

Aircraft Origin Type Active Notes
Fixed-wing aircraft
Aero L-39 Albatros  Czech Republic ground-attack 5[1]
Xian MA60  China 60-seat transport 2[2]
Harbin Y-12  China Utility transport 2[1]
BN-2A Islander  United Kingdom Utility Transport 1[1]
Antonov An-24  Soviet Union Transport aircraft 2[1]
MiG-21  Soviet Union fighter 20[1] Maybe already retired
Tecnam P92 Reconnaissance Training aircraft 5[1]
Helicopters
Mil Mi-8/Mil Mi-17  Soviet Union/ Russia Transport helicopter 7[1]
Mil Mi-26  Soviet Union Transport helicopter 2[1]
Aérospatiale AS 355 Ecureuil  France utility helicopter 1[1]
Aérospatiale SA 365 Dauphin  France utility helicopter 1[1]
Harbin Z-9  China 10 utility helicopter, 2 attack 2 12 on order[3]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  • Hoyle, Craig. "World Air Forces Directory". Flight International, 11–17 December 2012, Vol. 182 No. 5370. pp. 40–64. ISSN 0015-3710.
  • World Aircraft Information Files. Brightstar Publishing, London. File 337 Sheet 05

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