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Nepal has no separate Air Force but flies several aircraft within the Nepalese Army Air Service, also known as the Nepal Army Air Wing (formerly Royal Nepalese Air Force). It was formed in the 1960s, but became an air force unit in 1979. Finally, it is now again a part of the Army. It has limited combat capabilities as only few helicopters can be armed. The main objective of this flying element is transport, flying paratroopers and assistance in case of an emergency (e.g. natural disasters). Apart from the 11th Brigade the country has established a VIP Flight from Tribhuvan Airport, mostly the aircraft are stationed at Kathmandu, Surkhet and Dipayal.

Nepalese Army Air Service
Active1965 - present
CountryNepal Nepal
BranchNepal Army
TypeAir force
RoleAerial warfare
Size500
Part ofMilitary
Garrison/HQKathmandu
Janakpur
Biratnagar
Surkhet
Dipayal
EngagementsNepalese Civil War
Websitehttps://www.nepalarmy.mil.np
Insignia
RoundelRoundel of Nepal.svg
Fin flashFlag of Nepal.svg

From 1996 to 2006 the country was in civil war against Maoist rebels who strove to overthrow the constitutional monarchy and establish a republic. Their attacks increased since the massacre of the Royal Family in 2001. This development led to the need for armed helicopters. Several types of aircraft have entered service since: MI-17s, M28 Skytruck, HAL Lancer and HAL Dhruv. The UK has delivered two Britten-Norman Islanders and two MI-17s free of charge. China decided to supply an MA-60 (a Y-7 derivative). Nepal has also purchased HAL Cheetah and HAL Chetak helicopters.

In November 2014, India gave an HAL Dhruv as part of a strategic pact.[1]

The NAAS consists of about 500 members.

Notable Flying OfficersEdit

  • Major Niru Dhungana = First batch of women military pilot
  • Major Anita Ale Magar = First batch of women military pilot

AircraftEdit

Current InventoryEdit

 
A PZL M-28 of Nepal Army.
 
A Nepal Army Mil Mi-171.
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Transport
Piper PA-28 Cherokee United States trainer 2[2]
PZL M-28 Poland transport 2[3] 4 on order[4]
Britten-Norman BN-2 United Kingdom transport 1[3]
Hawker Siddeley HS 748 United Kingdom transport 1[3] Soon to be retired and Replaced by a fleet of CN-235's
CASA/IPTN CN-235 Indonesia transport 1 on order[5]
Helicopters
Mil Mi-17 Russia utility 6[3]
HAL Dhruv India utility / SAR 4[3]
Eurocopter AS350 France light utility 3[3]
Aérospatiale SA330 France utility / transport 1[3]
Aérospatiale SA315 France light utility 2[3] Soon to be replaced by Eurocopter AS350
Aérospatiale Alouette III France utility 4[3] Soon to be replaced by Eurocopter AS350
Bell 407 United States Transport/VIP 2 1 in Military livery and 1 in government livery
Bell 206 United States VIP L3 and L4 variants 2
AgustaWestland AW139 Italy Transport/ VIP 2 1 in military livery and 1 in Government livery[6]

FacilitiesEdit

Army pilots training SchoolEdit

The Nepalese Army Air Service has its flying and helicopter pilots training school since 2004 within the No 11. Brigade and is the only helicopter pilot training school in Nepal.

Along with the army air service pilots, the school also produces civilian pilots. The school provides training using Mi-17, Bell and Ecureuil helicopters.

Accidents and incidentsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 December 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Nepal Army Piper Aircraft makes maiden flight in TIA". Aviation Nepal. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "World Air Forces 2017". Flightglobal Insight. 2017. Archived from the original on 29 July 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Nepal Army to receive four Skytruck from American Aid". Aviation Nepal. Archived from the original on 25 October 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Nepalese Army buying Military Transport aircraft from Indonesia, can "even" carry "a small vehicle"". Flightglobal Insight. Archived from the original on 9 October 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 July 2018. Retrieved 14 July 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 100 9N-RF9 Jomsom Airport (JMO)". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Accident description". Archived from the original on 5 July 2017. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Accident description". Archived from the original on 10 September 2017. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Accident description". Archived from the original on 10 September 2017. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Accident description". Archived from the original on 10 September 2017. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Pilot killed, 2 injured as NA cargo airplane crashes in Bajura". República. 30 May 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2019.

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