Armed Forces Overviews
Yemen Air Force and Air Defense
Yemen Air Force and Air Defense
al-Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Yamaniya
Ordered back in June 2010 are four UH-1H-II Super Hueys. They are part of the support package delivered by the US Government in the battle against AQAP (Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula) forces. The Huey helicopters were upgraded at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, US, TX.
Photo: Zane Adams
Aden/Intl (OYAA)
Rwy: 08/26
Pos: 12°49'45"N 045°01'43"E
Elev: 7 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Aden Air Brigade

128sq Det. Ka27/28
Mi-8
Mi-14
Mi-17
Mi-24
Mi-171Sh
 
Riyan is know to have regular military visitors, including fighters, transport and very regularly helicopters like the Kamov 27/28.
Photo: Anonymous
Al Anad
Rwy: 07/25
Pos: 13°10'27"N 044°45'54"E
Elev: 900 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Al Anad Air Brigade

1sq Zlin 242L
L-39C


128sq Det. Ka27/28
Mi-8
Mi-14
Mi-17
Mi-24
Mi-171Sh
1sq consists of two flights, one for primary training and one for basic training.
If the sole delivered Zlin 143L survives to this day and is operated here, is unclear.

The YAF was supplied with two batches of each twelve L-39C Albatross jet trainers. twelve directly from Aero Vodochody in 1999 and later, in 2005, twelve ex-Ukraine Air Force examples.
 
The latest addition to the helicopter fleet of the Republic of Yemen Air Force is the Mi-171Sh, an export version of the Mi-8.
Photo: Anonymous
Ataq (OYAT)
Rwy: 31/13
Pos: 14°33'03"N 046°49'33"E
Elev: 3600 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Ataq Air Brigade

None None
No operational aircraft are stationed here, it is used as a FOB.
 
The exact number of MiG-29s supplied to the YAF is not clear to us but in Google Earth footage of 21 Fulcrums is proof of their delivery. Some of them, if not most, were upgraded to the state-of-the-art SMT-version.
Photo: Anonymous
Hodeidah (OYHD)
Rwy: 21/03
Pos: 14°45'08"N 042°58'34"E
Elev: 41 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Al Hudaydah Air Brigade

6sq MiG-21MF
MiG-21UM
MiG-21bis


128sq Det. Ka27/28
Mi-8
Mi-14
Mi-17
Mi-24
Mi-171Sh
A number of Il-28 bombers are stored here. Su-17s and Su-20s where once operational here?
 
The south-east side of Sana'a houses the HQ of 128 Squadron which is operating multiple different helicopter types. This unit has detachments on Al Anad, Al Hudaydah, Taiz and Aden and operates the Kamov Ka27/28 shown here.
Photo: Anonymous
Riyan (Mukalla) (OYRN)
Rwy: 24/06
Pos: 14°39'44"N 049°22'30"E
Elev: 54 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Riyan Air Brigade

128sq Det. Ka27/28
Mi-8
Mi-14
Mi-17
Mi-24
Mi-171Sh
The exact status of this airfield is unknown. Military aicraft do visit this airbase regularly however.
 
Sanaa/Intl (OYSN)
Rwy: 36/18
Pos: 15°28'33"N 044°13'10"E
Elev: 7237 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Sanaa Air Brigade

3sq Bell 206
Bell 212
Bell 214
UH-1H-II (4)


4sq An-24 (wfu?)
An-26
CN235M (1)


9sq MiG-29A/UB
MiG-29SMT


26sq Su-22M-4
Su-22UM-3K


115sq C-130H
L-100-30
An-12
Il-76


121sq F-5E
F-5B


124 VIP sq AB212


128sq Ka27/28
Mi-8
Mi-14
Mi-17
Mi-24
Mi-171Sh


5sq Ce208B
AT-802 (4 o/o)
The AT-802 are expected to be delivered in Q3 2015
There have been reports of (Agusta) Bell 412's here. Delivery of these is pending confirmation however.
 
The unit that operates the Su-22's from the main air base of the YAF in Sana'a is 26sq. They are a great sight!
Photo: Anonymous
Taiz (OYTZ)
Rwy: 10/19
Pos: 13°41'08"N 044°08'20"E
Elev: 4838 ft
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Taiz Air Brigade

8 Helicopter sq Mi-8
Mi-17


9 Helicopter sq Mi-24
Mi-35


6sq Det.. MiG-21MF
MiG-21UM
MiG-21bis


128sq Det. Ka27/28
Mi-8
Mi-14
Mi-17
Mi-24
Mi-171Sh
If both detachments are permanent, remains unconfirmed.
 
F-5E/B Tigers are still going strong within the YAF.
Photo: Anonymous
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