Equatorial Guinea National Guard Air Arm Expansion

ALTHOUGH THE air arm of the Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial Guardia Nacional (Equatorial Guinea National Guard) has long had a very limited capability, there has lately been a considerable expansion in its aircraft equipment. Most potent among its recent acquisitions are four Sukhoi Su-25s, comprising two single-seat aircraft, first reported last August, plus a pair of two-seat Su-25UBs, which had been delivered by December 2007. They are flown from the main operating base at Malabo. At least four Mil Mi-24V Hind-E attack helicopters have also entered service over the last couple of years, flown out of Malabo but with a detachment at Bata. Both the Mi-24s and Su-25s are believed to have come from surplus Ukraine Air Force stocks.

For training, two Aero L-39C Albatros aircraft, previously stored at Chugeyev, Ukraine, have also entered service following overhaul in Ukraine. They were first noted operating from Malabo in August 2007. Rotary-wing aircrew training is undertaken with two Enstrom 480Bs that had entered service by November 2007. The main National Guard unit is the ‘Leopard’ Squadron at Malabo. Its subordinate units comprise the Fighter Flight (Su-25s), Helicopter Flight (Mi-24Vs and Enstrom 480Bs) and Trainer Flight (L-39Cs).

A new addition to the Presidential Flight, also based at Malabo, is Mil Mi-172 3C-EGE. First noted in November 2007, it wears an all white VIP scheme. In April last year the Flight also took delivery of ERJ-145EP 3C-QQH, which joined a long-serving Antonov An-32, plus more recently-acquired single examples of the Agusta A109, Boeing 737-7FB, Dassault Falcon 50 and Falcon 900. It also operated a Yak-40, but this is thought to be no longer current.

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