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) operates the Mirage 2000-9DAE/9DAD from Al Safran airbase.
|Abu Dhabi/Al Dhafra (OMAM)|
|Al Dhafra Air Wing
||Shaheen 1 Squadron||F-16E
|Shaheen 3 Squadron||F-16E
|Shaheen 2 Squadron||F-16E
|71 Squadron||Mirage 2000-9EAD
Rafale F4 (o/o, 2027)
|76 Squadron||Mirage 2000-9EAD
Rafale F4 (o/o, 2027)
|8th Aviation Wing
||11 Squadron||Bombardier 6000|
|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.
|Abu Dhabi/Bateen (OMAD)|
|Bateen Air Wing
||6 Squadron (VIP)||AW139
A Heavy Transport Squadron was established to operate eight C-17 Globemaster III aircraft from Abu Dhabi International Airport.
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.
|Abu Dhabi/Intl (OMAA)|
||4 Squadron (C-130 Sqn)||C-130H
C-130J (12 o/o)
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.
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.
|Al Ain (OMAL)|
|Flying Training School/Khalif bin Zayed Air College
||1 Squadron (Air College Sqn)||Grob G120TP|
|2 Squadron (Basic Flying Sqn)||PC-7
Calidus B-250T/LA (o/o, 2026)
|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|The Hawk T63A, T63B and T63C have been replaced by the PC-21s.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.
The Khalif bin Zayed Air College operates 31 PC-7 trainers in 2 (Basic Flying) Squadron for basic training.
|Al Safran AB (OMSM)|
RWY 13/31 POS 23°39'00"N 053°49'25"E ELEV 376ft
|Al Dhafra Air Wing
||86 Squadron||Mirage 2000-9EAD
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.
The Advanced training unit, but also the UAE Demonstration Team 'Al Fursan' operates the MB339NAT from Al Ain airbase.
|Dubai Air Wing
||Fursan El-Emarat Squadron||MB339NAT
On behalf of the UAE Navy, some 13 AS565B Panther helicopters are operating in Group 21, a naval unit, from Sas Al-Nakhil airbase.
In the AEW&C role, the UAE Air Force also is flying with five Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft from Minhad Airport.
|Sas al Nakhil (OMNK) Umm an Nar|
RWY 16/34 POS 24°26'12"N 054°31'07"E ELEV 2 ft
In 2021 UAE Air Force took over the fixed wing aircraft from the Joint Aviation Command. All aircraft operate from Sweihan AB in 7th Group. Seen here is a Cessna 208B EX from 223 Squadron.
Hans Rolink (Al Ain, 28 Jan 2007)
The UAE Air Force is operating 22 Ayres Thrush aircraft in the counter-insurgency role from Sweihan AB. All aircraft have been transferred from the Joint Aviation Command in 2021.
|Sweihan AB (OMAW) Abu Dhabi/Northeast|
RWY 13/31, HEL POS 24°31'33"N 054°58'18"E ELEV 217 ft
||223 Armed ISR Squadron||Ce208B EX
|?? Squadron||Thrush S2R-T660|
|In 2021 the fixed wing aircraft transferred back from the Joint Aviation Command to the UAE Air Force. The fixed wing aircraft serve in 7th Group from Sweihan AB.|
The UAE Air Force will take delivery of 40 Calidus B-250 armed trainers for the replacement of the PC-7 from the Khalif bin Zayed Air College.
For SAR duties, the United Arab Emirates operas the AW139 in the SAR role under the UAE Navy flag in from Al Ain Airport.