The UAE Air Force operates a Fighter Wing with three squadrons (Shaheen 1, 2 and 3 Sqn) from Al Dhafra, equipped with F-16E/F Desert Falcons.

Ad Jan Altevogt

Two squadrons (71 and 76 Sqn) operate the Mirage 2000-9DAE/9DAD multirole fighters under a Fighter Wing from Al Dhafra. Another squadron (86 Sqn) opartes the MIrage 2000-9DAE/9DAD from Al Safran airbase.

Fabian Luehrs

Abu Dhabi/Al Dhafra (OMAM)

RWY 13/31     POS 24°14'54"N 054°32'52"E     ELEV 76 ft

Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Al Dhafra Air Wing
71 Squadron Mirage 2000-9EAD
Mirage 2000-9DAD
Rafale F4 (o/o, 2027)

76 Squadron Mirage 2000-9EAD
Mirage 2000-9DAD
Rafale F4 (o/o, 2027)

Shaheen 1 Squadron F-16E
F-16F

Shaheen 2 Squadron F-16E
F-16F

Shaheen 3 Squadron F-16E
F-16F
The Mirage 2000 fleet will be replaced by 80 Rafale F4s from 2027 on.

For VIP transport, the UAE Air Force acquired two P180s to transport VIPs from Bateen airbase.

Erik Jan Engelen

Eight AW139 helicopters are built for VIP transport missions from Al Bateen airbase.

Patrick Weiss

Abu Dhabi/Bateen (OMAD)

RWY 13/31     POS 24°25'42"N 054°27'29"E     ELEV 16 ft

Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Bateen Air Wing
6 Squadron (VIP) AW139
P180

A Heavy Transport Squadron was established to operate eight C-17 Globemaster III aircraft from Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Goncalo Guimaraes

The Transport Wing at Abu Dhabi International Airport operates different types of the C-130 Hercules in 4 (C-130) Squadron. Seen here is a C-130H for a supply mission in Europe.

Patrick Schwarzschulz

Abu Dhabi/Intl (OMAA)

RWY 13/31     POS 24°25'59"N 054°39'04"E     ELEV 88 ft

Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Transport Wing
4 Squadron (C-130 Sqn) C-130H
C-130H-30
C-130J (12 o/o)
L-100-30

Casa Squadron CN235M-100
C295W (5 o/o)

Heavy Transport Squadron C-17A

The UAE Air Force operates three A330 MRTT tanker aircraft in MRTT Squadron from Al Ain airport for refueling missions.

Fyodor Borisov

The Casa Squadron is the third transport unit from the Transport Wing at Abu Dhabi International Airport flying with nine CN235M-100. Five C295 are on order to supplement the Casa Squadron.

Santos

Al Ain (OMAL)

RWY 01/19     POS 24°15'42"N 055°36'33"E     ELEV 869 ft

Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Flying Training School/Khalif bin Zayed Air College
1 Squadron (Air College Sqn) Grob G120TP

2 Squadron (Basic Flying Sqn) PC-7 (will be replaced by HOT B250)
HOT B250

3 Squadron PC-21

SAR Flight AW139

MRTT Squadron A330-243MRTT

Horizon IFA Bell 407
The Hawk T63A, T63B and T63C have been replaced by the PC-21s. We think they belong to 3 squadron (the former Hawk unit) but that remains to reconfirmed.

The Khalif bin Zayed Air College starts the elemenary training on the G120TP trainers of 1 (Air College) Squadron.

Simon Reichert

The Khalif bin Zayed Air College operates 31 PC-7 trainers in 2 (Basic Flying) Squadron for basic training.

Steve Brimley

Al Safran AB (OMSM)

RWY 13/31     POS 23°39'00"N 053°49'25"E     ELEV 376ft

Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Al Dhafra Air Wing
86 Squadron Mirage 2000-9EAD
Mirage 2000-9DAD
Rafale (o/o, 2027)

For advanced pilot training, the Khalif bin Zayed Air College operates 25 PC-21 armed trainers in 3 (Air College) Squadron from Al Ain airbase.

Steve Brimley

The Advanced training unit, but also the UAE Demonstration Team 'Al Fursan' operates the MB339NAT from Al Ain airbase.

Goncalo Guimaraes

Dubai/Minhad (OMDM)

RWY 09/27     POS 25°01'37"N 055°22'15"E     ELEV 165 ft

Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Dubai Air Wing
Al Fursan (National Aerobatic Team) MB339NAT

SAR Flight AW139

AEW&C Squadron Saab 340AEW&C
Bombardier 6000

For Airborne Early Warning & Control, the UAE Air Force operates two Saab S100B Argus 340AEW aircraft from Minhad Airport.

SAJ

In the AEW&C role, the UAE Air Force also is flying with five Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft from Minhad Airport.

Harri Koskinen

Sas al Nakhil (OMNK) Umm an Nar

RWY 16/34     POS 24°26'12"N 054°31'07"E     ELEV 2 ft

Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge

VIP Flight AS365N3
AB139
AW139

The UAE Air Force will take delivery of 24 HOT B250 light trainers for the replacement of the PC-7 from the Khalif bin Zayed Air College.

Goncalo Guimaraes

For SAR duties, the United Arab Emirates operas the AW139 in the SAR role under the UAE Navy flag in from Al Ain Airport.

HAMFive

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