An air arm on the rise

Force Report

Ghana Air Force

The Ghana Air Force (GHF) was established in Accra, the nation’s capital, on July 24, 1959 under the supervision of Indian and Israeli flying instructors and technicians. Today, the GHF is composed of around 2,000 personnel. Although by no means a large air arm, the GHF is relatively well equipped. The country’s abundance of natural resources has helped to establish a reasonably buoyant economy. This has allowed some degree of investment in defence budgets over recent years, the GHF notably adding new helicopters from Russia and China, and Chinese-made Hongdu K-8s to replace Aermacchi MB-339As in the fighter/ground attack role.

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