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

Moroccan Air Force Mirage F1 Light Fighters. Credit: Military Watch


The backbone of the Moroccan Air Force is formed by around 23 F-16C Fighting Falcon lightweight fighters equipped with AIM-120C7 air to air missiles. Moroccan Fighting Falcons are one of the most capable Western fighters in Africa. According to Military Watch, the F-16s can “deploy AGM-88B HARM standoff air to ground missiles which are quite potent against air defence and radar sites.

“The remainder of the Moroccan fleet is comprised of ageing third generation designs including the F-5E Tiger II, of which 22 are in service, and 26 Mirage F1 jets. Morocco’s Mirages are considered the most capable in the world, and have been enhanced to deploy MICA missiles providing a limited beyond visual range air to air capability.”

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