The Sudanese Air Force القوّات الجوّيّة السودانيّة Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya As-Sudaniya‎. It was formed in 1956 after gaining independence from the United Kingdom. The British subsequently provided equipment, training and technical support.

Six Hunting Provost T Mk 53s were delivered for jet training in 1957. The following year, the Sudanese Air Force's transport wing acquired its first aircraft, a single Hunting President.

In 1960 the Sudanese Air Force received an additional four re-furbished RAF Provosts and two more Hunting Presidents. And in the same year  the transport wing's capability increased by the introduction of two Pembroke C Mk 54s. Two years later  first combat aircraft with 12 Jet Provosts delivered.

In the 1960s the former Soviet Union and People's Republic of China commenced supplying the Sudanese Air Force with aircraft.

Sudan acquired advance combat aircraft, Mikoyan MiG-29 delivered in two batches. There are twenty three MiG-29s in active service as of late 2008.


There were early reports, Sudan intented to modernize its combat aircraft with the acquisition of ten Chinese made JF-17 Thunder from the he Pakistani Air Force. But recently no movement in that direction reported .


Jane's Sentinel Security Assessment - North Africa (date: Nov 08, 2011) of the Sudanese Air Force

The overall status was believed to be showing signs of improvement at the beginning of 2008, after a long period of inadequate maintenance and lack of investment. Iraqi and Iranian technicians were employed through the 1990s and more recent deals with Russian firms were expected to help maintain current equipment in good order through the provision of support technicians and spares.

Commander of the Air Force: Air Marshal Hassan Abdul Qader
Air Force Personnel Strength: 3,000
Inventory Summary:

  • Combat: 100 (total), 78 (in service)
  • Transport: 19 (total), 19 (in service)
  • Helicopters: 67 (total), 67 (in service)