The Cameroon Air Force will get Russian-made Mil Mi-17 military transport helicopters. Although at the moment unclear how many, the deal is the second aircraft purchase by the African state in a short time.
The helicopter procurement was announced by Russian state-owned company Rosoboronexport at the MAKS 2013 International Air Show in Moscow on August 28th, 2013.
Earlier this summer AIRheads↑FLY reported on the delivery of a rather sexy looking Airbus (CASA) CN235 for the Armée de l’Air du Cameroun.
The Cameroon Air Force currently operates a fleet of four helicopters. It is unclear if the Mi-17s will be added or replacing the older types in service.
Cameroon Air Force (Armée de l’Air du Cameroun) status as of July 2013
Active number of aircraft: 20
- 4x Dassault Breguet / Dornier Alpha Jet trainer and light attack aircraft
- 1x Airbus CN235 medium transport aircraft
- 3x Lockheed C-130H tactical transport aircraft
- 1x Gulfstream III VIP transport
- 1x Aérospatiale SA332 Super Puma transport helicopter
- 1x Aérospatiale SA330 Puma transport helicopter
- 1x Aérospatiale SA318 Alouette II utlity helicopter
- 1x Bell 412 utility helicopter
- 7x Humbert Tetras training aircraft
Douala, Garoua, Yaoundé
The number and type of active aircraft are confirmed by several sources. The Cameroon AF might have more aircraft ready, but AIRheads could not obtain reliable information about those aircraft.
© 2013 AIRheads’ Marcel Burger