The Albanian Air Force is a sole rotary air arm since 2006. (Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura)

Overview: Albanian Air Force

Albanian Air Force (Forca Ajrore; FAj), status as of 1 January 2015
(© 2015 Airheadsfly.com. Featured image: The Albanian Air Force is a sole rotary air arm since 2006 (Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura))

Active number of aircraft Albanian Air Force: 22

  • 2x Airbus Helicopters (Eurocopter) AS532AL transport helicopters.
  • 1x Airbus Helicopters (Eurocopter) AS532AL medevac helicopter.
  • 1x Airbus Helicopters (Eurocopter) AS532AL combat search and rescue (CSAR) helicopter.
  • 8x MBB Bo 105 light utility helicopters.
  • 3x Agusta Bell (Bell) 205 utility and transport helicopters. Status of another four unknown.
  • 5x Agusta Bell (Bell) 206 (Jet Ranger) scout and utility helicopters. Status of another two unknown.
  • 1x AgustaWestland A109 utility helicopter
  • 1x Airbus Helicopters (Eurocopter) EC145 VIP transport helicopter

Aircraft ordered: 2

  • 2x Airbus Helicopters (Eurocopter) EC145 utility, rescue and disaster relief helicopters.

Airbases: 2 (plus Tirana IAP as a reserve field)

(Source: Forcat e Amatosura)

    • Färke Airbase
      • 4x AS532AL
      • 1x EC145
      • 1x A109
      • Regular operations by Bo 105, AB 205 and AB 206
      • Stored: several Harbin helicopters.
    • Kuçovë Airbase
      • Regular operations by Bo 105, AB 205 and AB 206. Uncertainty about which types are officially based here.
      • Stored: Chengdu F-7A (12) plus many dozens of MiG-15s, MiG-17s and MiG-19s and Shenyang F-5 and F-6.
    • Nënë Tereza / Tirana International Airport
      • Support for foreign visits and reserve field.

    Shooting Range (aka very nice shots)

    One of the four new AS532AL Cougar helicopters of the Albanian Air Force (Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura)
    One of the four new AS532AL Cougar helicopters of the Albanian Air Force (Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura)

    The MBB Bo 105s from the backbone of the Albanian Air Force. From the dozen ex-German Air Force machines eight are airworthy One of the four new AS532AL Cougar helicopters of the Albanian Air Force (Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura)
    The MBB Bo 105s form the backbone of the Albanian Air Force. From the dozen ex-German Air Force machines eight are airworthy One of the four new AS532AL Cougar helicopters of the Albanian Air Force (Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura)

    The Bo 105s are known to practically land anywhere (Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura)
    The Bo 105s are known to practically land anywhere (Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura)
    And with anywhere, we also mean the rooftop of houses during emergency relief operations (Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura)
    And by anywhere, we also mean the rooftop of houses during emergency relief operations (Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura)
    Operating easily together are the licensed versions of the Iroquois and the Jet Ranger, made in Italy as Agusta-Bell AB205 and AB206 (Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura)
    Operating easily together are the licensed versions of the Iroquois and the Jet Ranger, made in Italy as Agusta-Bell AB 205 and AB 206 (Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura)
    The Agusta-Bell AB205 is the standard troop insertion helicopter  (Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura)
    The Agusta-Bell AB 205 is the standard troop insertion helicopter (Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura)
    One doesn't easily recognize the single A109C as a military helicopter, but actually is  (Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura)
    One doesn’t easily recognize the single A109C as a military helicopter, but it actually is (Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura)
    Flashy red is this VIP EC145, soon to be joined by a pair of emergency relief versions that come instead of a fifth Cougar. That AS532 crashed before it was ever delivered. (Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura)
    Flashy red and white is this VIP EC145, soon to be joined by a pair of emergency relief versions that come instead of a fifth Cougar. That AS532 crashed before it was ever delivered. (Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura)
    Kuçovë Airbase is where the Albanian Air Force keeps its fighter aircraft in still pretty fair shape. Until 2005 the country operated a mixture of Russian-made and Chinese copies of the MiG-15, MiG-17, MiG-19 and MiG-21. Four of them form an honour guard at Kuçovë (Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura)
    Kuçovë Airbase is where the Albanian Air Force keeps its fighter aircraft in still pretty fair shape. Until 2005 the country operated a mixture of Russian-made and Chinese copies of the MiG-15, MiG-17, MiG-19 and a dozen Chengdu F-7s (Chinese-made MiG-21s). Four of the older MiG-types form a honour guard at westside of the field of Kuçovë (Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura)
    Dozens of the old fighter force are parked at Kuçovë, where they get visited every once in a while (Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura)
    Many dozens of the old fighter force are parked at Kuçovë, where they get visited every once in a while (Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura)
    Rumours still have it that some of the Nanchang CJ-6 trainers will be brought back into service, but so far none of these have been confirmed by the Albanian Ministry of Defence (Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura)
    Rumours still have it that some of the Nanchang CJ-6 trainers will be brought back into service, but so far none of these have been confirmed by the Albanian Ministry of Defence (Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura)
    Officially no longer on strength are ten surviving Harbin Y-5s, the Chinese copy of the legendary Antonov AN-2 ("Colt")  (Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura)
    Officially no longer on strength are nine surviving Harbin Y-5s, the Chinese copy of the legendary Antonov AN-2 (“Colt”) (Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura)
    Old times: an Albanian MiG-19 rolled out of its shelter. (Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura)
    Old times: an Albanian MiG-19 rolled out of its shelter at Kuçovë (Image © FAj / Forcat e Amatosura)