The Namibian Air Force is the air combat arm of the Namibian Defence Force. The policy, mission statements and concept of operations envisage the development of an Air Force to operate in support of the Army and the Navy.
Five separate roles for Air Force are; surveillance, transport of personnel and transport of supplies/equipment; support to the civil authorities or civil community, and training.
With Grootfontein as the main air base, expansion projects are underway to expand the Keetmanshoop air base, as well as construct a new base at Karibib. This was reported by The Namibian on 20 June 2008.
The policy for the Air Force is to acquire dedicated air assets to undertake the surveillance and transport tasks. The MOD and NDF will train and employ their own pilots and technicians. Co-operation and co-ordination with other Ministries may extend to making such assets available for non-defence tasking. In addition, consideration will be given to arrangements whereby private and other national air assets could be employed where appropriate or necessary.
Following the independence of Namibia from South Africa in 1991, the Air defence wing of the defence forces were established in 1993-1994. Twenty-two Avro Canada CF-116s were donated in 1996 and twelve L-159s were purchased in 2006.
- Antonov An-26 x 4 (Transport Aircraft)
- Britten-Norman Defender x 6 (Utility Aircraft)
- Dassault Falcon 900 x 2 (VIP Transport)
- De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter x 4 (Transport Aircraft)
- De Havilland dH.125 Jet Dragon x 2 (VIP Transport)