Tanzania Air Force Command – History, Aircraft, Bases, Officers & More

Tanzania Air Force Command – History, Aircraft, Bases, Officers & More

Tanzania’s national air force is the Tanzania Air Force Command (Known in Swahili language as Kamandi ya Jeshi la Anga).  Major Genera lngram William, who took over as Commander when Major General Kapwani Joseph retired in January of 2016, is the present Commander.


Tanzania Air Force Command was founded in 1965 as Tanzania People’s Defence Force’s (TPDF) Air Defence Command’s “Air Wing” (Swahili: Usafirashaji wa Anga).  Its mission was to help the TPDF’s ground troops and maintain air linkages between remote parts of the nation and the government.

During the Tanzania-Uganda War also known as the Kagera War (1978–1979), Tanzania Air Force Command beat the theoretically superior Air Force of the Ugandan army.

Only a small number of the country’s air wing’s cargo aircraft are still operational. However, because of airworthiness issues, its Chengdu F-7s  and Shenyang F-5s are the only ones that reportedly fly on a few occasions. Tanzania’s extensive coastline necessitates the employment of transport aircraft for patrol missions.

In 1980, ten TF-7s and 2 F-7Bs were ordered from China, while Iran was given an order for 2 F-7Ns in 1997, along with 4 Air Force airplanes that were ex-Iraqi of undetermined type. Today, the TPDF/AW has no MiG-21s supplied by Russia in service, and just 3 or 4 F-7s are active. The MiG-21MFs were verified to have serial numbers beneath the cockpit – in green or black  – but no specifics regarding them are available.

Heitman Helmoed-Römer of Jane’s Defence Weekly claimed on November 14 2013 that TPDF has replaced its twelve obsolete CAC J-7s with fourteen J-7s, 12 single-seat, and 2 dual-seat, according to a “normally trustworthy source.” In 2011, all the deliveries were finished. The airplanes were also fully operational in the Mwanza and Dar es Salaam air bases, according to Heitman.

Tanzania Air Force Command, according to recent estimates (in 2014), employs 32 aircraft of three distinct kinds. They are thought to be flying fourteen fighters, eleven fixed-wing attack airplanes, and seven transport planes. Tanzania Air Force Command’s K-8 training jet crashed in the ocean on October 1, 2015, with both pilots as casualties.

Tanzania Air Force Command Aircraft

Tanzania Air Force Command – Bell 205
Tanzania Air Force Command – Bell 205
Aircraft Type  Origin Variation operatal Notes
Combat planes
Shenyang J-6 fighter China F-6 3
Shenyang F-7 fighter China 11 licensed constructed MiG-21
Transport planes
Cessna 402 transport United States 1 United States
Harbin Y-12 transport China 2 China
Antonov An-28 transport Poland 1 Poland
Shaanxi Y-8 transport China 2 China
Airbus H155 utility France 2
Bell 412 utility United States 2
Airbus H125M utility France 1
Airbus H225 utility France 2
Trainer Aircraft
Chengdu J-7 Conversion trainer China ‘s People‘s Republic FT-7 2
Hongdu JL-8 Jet trainer China K-8 5
Shenyang J-6 conversion trainer China’s People’s Republic FT-6 1

Tanzania Air Force Command Bases

Mwanza Air Force Base in Mwanza

Ukonga Air Force base in Dar es Salaam

Ngerengere Air Force base in Mororgoro

Officers Who Command the Force

# Picture Name Tenure from Tenure to
1 Robert Mboma February 15, 1982 March 28, 1994
2 Geofrey Dahal July 1, 2003 April 25, 2005
3 Charles Makakala July 2, 2005 October 16, 2007
4 Festo Ulomi October 17, 2007 March 19, 2012
5 Joseph Kapwani March 20, 2012 January 31, 2016
6 George Ingram February 1, 2016 Present

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