The five most powerful air forces in Africa you should know

Mildred Europa Taylor Jul 16, 2020 at 04:00pm

July 16, 2020 at 04:00 pm | Opinions & Features

Mildred Europa Taylor

Mildred Europa Taylor | Head of Content

July 16, 2020 at 04:00 pm | Opinions & Features

Algerian Air Force Su-30MKA Heavyweight Fighter. Photo: Military Watch


Algeria’s Air Force is described as second to none in Africa, with a fleet entirely comprised of fourth-generation combat aircraft. The backbone of the fleet is comprised of approximately 45 Su-30MKA heavyweight fighters, with the Su-30 being supported by four small tactical squadrons of medium weight MiG-29S fighters, says Military Watch. The aircraft are all equipped with state of the art weaponry including R-27ER and R-77 long-range air to air missiles. Algeria also has Africa’s largest fleet of dedicated strike fighters with 36 Su-24M jets in service. It further deploys squadron of 15 MiG-25PDS Foxbat interceptors. The MiG-25 is the heaviest combat jet in Africa and the fastest in the world.

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