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Peruvian Naval Aviation

The Peruvian Naval Aviation (Spanish: Fuerza de Aviación Naval) is the air branch of the Peruvian Navy. It was originally formed in 1919 as the Naval Aviators Corps (Cuerpo de Aviadores Navales) but was merged in 1932 with the Peruvian Army Aviation. The service was recreated under its current name on July 3, 1963. It is currently made up of three operational squadrons and the Naval Aviation School (Escuela de Aviación Naval). The squadrons are distributed among three bases: Lima-Callao, which is part of Lima's Jorge Chávez International Airport, San Juan de Marcona and Pucallpa.

Peruvian Naval Aviation
(Fuerza de Aviacion Naval)
Peruvian Naval Aviation seal.png
AVINAV Coat of Arms
Active 1919 - today
Country  Peru
Type Naval aviation
Part of Peruvian Navy
Motto(s) Non deserit alta
Anniversaries December 9
Vice Admiral José Luís Gavidia Arrascue
Roundel Roundel of Peru - Naval Aviation.svg
Low-visibility roundel Roundel of Peru - Naval Aviation - Low Visibility.svg
Aircraft flown
Attack helicopter Agusta ASH-3D
Agusta-Bell AB-212ASW
Bell 206B
Utility helicopter

Sikorsky UH-3H

Mil Mi-8T
Patrol Fokker 60 MPA
Beechcraft 200T Super King Air
Fokker F-27-200
Trainer Beechcraft T-34C-1
Enstrom F-28F

Fokker 60 UTA

Antonov An-32B
Beechcraft 200T Super King Air
Cessna 206 Stationair
de Havilland Canada DHC-6



Grupo Aeronaval No.1
Escuadrón de Instrucción

Training squadron based at San Juan de Marcona.

Escuadrón de Exploración

Reconnaissance and maritime surveillance squadron.

Escuadrón de Transporte

Transport squadron.

Escuadrón de Ataque

Attack squadron, based at Lima-Callao and naval units.


Aircraft Image Origin Type Version In service Notes
Maritime patrol aircraft
Beechcraft Super King Air     United States maritime surveillance aircraft B200T 4 equipped with surface-search radar and cameras for coastal surveillance and EEZ duties, the entire fleet received a complete upgrade of sensors and systems, finished in December 2010[citation needed]
Fokker 60     Netherlands maritime patrol aircraft Fokker 60 MPA 2 Two aircraft acquired in February 2010,[1] delivered on June 8, 2010.[2] equipped with surface-search radar and electronic countermeasures.
Enstrom F-28     United States training helicopter F-28F 6[3] Six acquired in January 2008; all delivered before July. One lost in a training accident on July 9, 2009. Additional one acquired in 2010 for US$506,000.[4]
Bell 206 JetRanger     United States training helicopter Bell 206B 2 At least four acquired since 1982 from U.S.; one crashed in April 2002. Remaining 2 units receive a Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) in February 2012, as a part of the NVIS upgrade program for the aircraft fleet, which includes cockpit modifications, NGV googles and training.[5]
Bell 212     Italy OTHT / ASW helicopter AB‑212ASW 2 Six transferred from Italy in 1976.
two upgraded with RDR-1700B ISAR radars in 2009, one in storage.
Kaman SH-2G Super Seasprite     USA ASuW / ASW helicopter SH-2G 0+5 Peruvian and Canadian defence authorities signed an agreement for five Kaman SH-2G Super Seasprite multirole helicopters, to be delivered in 2015. The deal covers the acquisition of SH-2G helicopters in service with the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) since 2001.[6]
Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King     Italy ASuW / ASW helicopter ASH-3D 3 Four delivered in 1978, two in 1979, and four ordered in 1984; deliveries of only the first six confirmed. All but first four virtually identical in capability to Italian ASH-3Hs; equipped to carry AM39 Exocet anti-ship missiles.
Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King     United States transport helicopter UH-3H 2 Six acquired from the US Foreign Military Sales program along with 12 GE T58-GE-40 engines for US$6 millions. First two delivered in December, 2010, to be employed in the Makassar class LPDs, two for the Coast Guard, two in storage.[7]
Mil Mi-8     Russia transport helicopter Mi-8T 1 Four acquired from Hungary in 1992.
one damaged beyond repair in a crash during the rescue operations near Pisco after the 2007 Peru earthquake, two remaining aircraft, one operational. To be phased out.
Trainer Aircraft
Beechcraft T-34 Mentor     United States training aircraft T-34C-1 5 Six purchased in 1978; replaced surviving T-34As.
Utility Aircraft
Fokker 60     Netherlands utility aircraft Fokker 60 UTA 2 Two aircraft and spare parts acquired on September 2010.[8]
Fokker 50     Netherlands utility aircraft Fokker 50 UTA 0+2 Two aircraft build in 1996, both acquired with spare parts in October 2014, will replace aging An-32B.
Antonov An-32     Ukraine transport aircraft An-32B 2 acquired from Hungary in 1994, fitted with ventral racks for general-purpose bombs, antisubmarine torpedoes and depth charges. To be replaced by Fokker 50 acquired in 2014.
Beechcraft Super King Air     United States MEDEVAC/liaison aircraft B200T 1
Cessna 206 Stationair     United States liaison aircraft Cessna 206 1

Former aircraft types include Keystone K-55 (1927-?), Grumman S-2E Tracker - (1973–1984), Handley Page and Boeing NB-1, as well as helicopter such as the Alouette III and the Bell 47G (1962-?).



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