The Cypriot National Guard Air Command and its anti-tank capabilities

The Cypriot National Guard Air Command plans to enhance its anti-tank capabilities. Babak Taghvaee explains why

The Cypriot National Guard Air Command (CNGAC) acts as an air force for the Republic of Cyprus backed by Greece. With a fleet of 20 helicopters, four uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) and six air defense batteries, it not only protects the country’s airspace, it can also play a vital role in combat operations for support of ground units, in the event of any potential war or military invasion from neighboring Turkey. 

Cypriot national guard
On November 8, 2021, CNGAC helicopters flew over all major cities of Cyprus to celebrate Saint Michael Archangel day. An Mi-35P (serial 817) and two SA342L1s (serials 352 and 354) can be seen here as a part of the formation.  Babak Taghvaee

A fleet of 11 Mi-35P heavy attack helicopters is at the core of the CNGAC’s anti-tank capability. However, the fleet is about to reach the end of its meantime between overhaul (MTBO). As a result, the Cypriot MoD is in search of an Mi-35P replacement, to be procured before the type’s retirement from service this year.

Become a Premium Member to Read More

This is a premium article and requires an active Key.Aero subscription to view.

I’m an existing member, sign me in!

I don’t have a subscription…

Enjoy the following subscriber only benefits:

  • Unlimited access to all KeyAero content
  • Exclusive in-depth articles and analysis, videos, quizzes added daily
  • A fully searchable archive – boasting hundreds of thousands of pieces of quality aviation content
  • Access to read all our leading aviation magazines online - meaning you can enjoy the likes of FlyPast, Aeroplane Monthly, AirForces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, Aviation News, Airports of the World, PC Pilot and Airliner World - as soon as they leave the editor’s desk.
  • Access on any device- anywhere, anytime
  • Choose from our offers below