Cuba   Cuban Revolutionary Air Force • Fuerza Aérea Revolucionaria (FAR)
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Revolutionary Armed Forces (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias, FAR): Revolutionary Army (Ejercito Revolucionario, ER, includes Territorial Militia Troops (Milicia de Tropas de Territoriales, MTT)); Revolutionary Navy (Marina de Guerra Revolucionaria, MGR, includes Marine Corps); Revolutionary Air and Air Defense Forces (Defensas Anti-Aereas y Fuerza Aerea Revolucionaria, DAAFAR), Youth Labor Army (Ejercito Juvenil del Trabajo, EJT) Active 49,000 personnel (Army 38,000 Navy 3,000 Air 8,000) Paramilitary 26,500 Reserve 39,000 personnel (Army 39,000) Paramilitary 1,120,000. Note: Terms of service 2 years. Ready Reserves (serve 45 days per year) to fill out Active and Reserve units; see also Paramilitary.


Fuerza Aérea Revolucionaria (FAR) / Anti-aircraft Defence and Revolutionary Air Force

8,000 personnel. (incl conscripts). Flying hours 50 hrs/year. Air assets divided between Western Air Zone and Eastern Air Zone

Forces by Role & Equipment by Type

(incl Air Defence units)

57 combat capable (217 stored). Total 124 (~380) Aircrafts.

Interceptor & Fighter Ground Bomber 3 sqn with 57 Ftr/ FGA ac:
2 VPK Mapo MiG-29 Fulcrum-A;
2 VPK Mapo MiG-29UB Fulcrum-B*;
16 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23 ML Flogger-B;
6 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23MF Flogger-B;
4 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23UM Flogger-C;
4 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21bis Fishbed-L;
4 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21ML Fishbed-H;
4 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23U Flogger*;
8 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21U Mongol A*;
7+ Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21UM Mongol-B

Storage or Retired 217 Fighter Aircrafts (in store or retired):
12 VPK Mapo MiG-29 Fulcrum-A;
40 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23BN Flogger-F;
6 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23ML Fishbed-H;
2 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23MF Flogger-B;
2 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23UM Flogger-C;
66 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21bis Fishbed-L/N;
28 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21PFM Fishbed-H;
30 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21F Fishbed-B;
7 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21UM Moggol-B
18 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17F Fresco-C
6 Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15UTI Moujik

Transport 1 exec tpt sqn with 17 Tpt ac (40 stored Tpt ac):
2 Ilyushin IL-96 (VIP);
1 Ilyushin Il-62 (storage;VIP);
2 Ilyushin IL-76M Candid-B;
3 Yakovlev Yak-40 Codling (VIP);
2 Antonov An-32 Cline;
1 Antonov An-30 Clank;
3 Antonov An-26 Curl (in store: 18 An-26 Curl);
3 Antonov An-24 Coke (storage)
1 Antonov An-2M Colt (in store: 18 An-2M Colt);

Training 2 tac trg sqns with 50+ Trg ac:
Advanced Flying Training
25 Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatros;
Primary Flying Training
5 Zlin Z-142  (5 storage);
Basic Flying Training
20 Zlin Z-326T Trener Master

HELICOPTER 20 combat capable. Total 66 Helicopters.

Anti-Armour Attack 1 cbt hel sqn with 12 Atk Hel :
4 Mil Mi-35P Hind-G;
8 Mil Mi-17 Hip-H;

Transport 1 sqns with 10 Spt (Tpt) hel:
2 Mil Mi-8P Hip-C;

Storage or Retired 52 Helicopters (in store or retired):
8 Mil Mi-24D Hind-D
8 Mil Mi-17 Hip-H;
15 Mil Mi-8TKV Hip-C;
15 Mil Mi-8T Hip-C;
6 Mil/PZL Mi-2 Hoplite'

* Training


  ASM AS-7 Kerry
  ATGW (Anti-tank missile): 9M14M/AT-3 Sagger (For Mi-8 helicopters)
  AAM (BVRAAM): ? R-77/AA-12 Adder, 50 P-27/AA-10 Alamo (For MiG-29), ? AA-11 Archer 70 R-23R/T/AA-7 Apex (For MiG-23M and MiG-23MF),
  AAM (SRAAM): 225 R-60/AA-8 Aphid (For MiG-23MFand MiG-29), 1100 R-13S/AA-2S Atoll (For MiG-21bis and MiG-23M/BN), 400 R-13R/AA-2C Atoll-C (For MiG-21MF), 300 R-13S/AA-2 Atoll (For MiG-21F),

Cuban Air Force  Air Defense Systems

AD • SAM: 13 Active SA-2, SA-3 Air Defense sites
SA-3 Goa; SA-2 Guideline towed
Surface To Air Missile Site
13 with SA-3 Goa SAM; SA-2 Guideline
(SAM Missile: 350 5V27/SA-3B Goa, 700 SA-2 Guideline)
Towed SAM (active)

  Defence Force Headquarters: Havana HQ

  Cuban Air Force Airfields and Air Bases Organisation:
  Air Bases: Baracoa, Camagüey, Cienfugos, Guines, Havana, Holgüin, Jose Martin, San Antonio de los Banos, Sancti Spiritus, San Julian, Santa Clara, Santiago de Cuba

  Estado-Mayor de la Fuerza Aérea
  Ciudad Libertad - Escuela de Especialistas Menores "Yuri Gagarin"        

Zona Aérea Oste - UM1779 Regimiento de Caza
2a Brigada de Guardia
San Antonio de los Baños
- 21° Regimiento de Interception (Inactive)
Escuadron de Caza Mixta: MiG-23ML/UB/29/UB
211° Escuadrón de Interception: MiG-21bis/UM
212° Escuadrón de Interception: MiG-21bis/UM
UM4768 Escuadron de Intercepcion: MiG-21bis/UM, L-39C
Escuadron de Helicopteros de Combate: Mi-24D

Baracoa - 22° Regimiento de Interception
221° Escuadrón de Interception: MiG-21bis/UM
222° Escuadrón de Interception: MiG-21bis/UM

San Julián (MUSJ) Air Base - 23° Regimiento de Caza 
231° Escuadrón de Caza: MiG-29A/UB
232° Escuadrón de Caza: MiG-23MF/UB
Escuadrón de Entrenamiento de Combate (Combat Training Squadron): MiG-21PFMA, MiG-21MF
1650° Entrenamiento de Combate (Combat Training): MiG-21UM
Formación primaria (Primary Training):  An-2

Guines - 24° Regimiento de Apoyo Táctico (Inactive)
241° Escuadrón de Apoyo Táctico: MiG-23BN/MF/UB

Havana / Playa Baracoa - UM3688 Regimiento de Transporte        
Jose Martin, Antonio de los Baños - 25° Regimiento de Transporte
3404° Escuadrón de Transporte: Il-76, An-32, An-30, An-26,
3688° Escuadrón de Transporte: An-26, An-2
UM3405 Regimiento Ejecutivo
3405° Escuadron Ejecutivo (3405th Executive Squadron): An-2/24, Yak-40, Mi-17

Havanna - 26° Regimiento de Helicópteros
261° Escuadrón de Helicópteros de Propósitos Generales: Mi-8/17
262° Escuadrón de Helicópteros de Propósitos Generales: Mi-8/17

Zona Aérea Central 1a Brigada de Guardia

Santa Clara - 11° Regimiento de Interception
111° Escuadrón de Interception: MiG-21bis/UM
112° Escuadrón de Interception: MiG-21bis/UM

Sancti Spiritus - 12° Regimiento de Interception  (Inactive)
121° Escuadrón de Interception: MiG-21PFM/UM
122° Escuadrón de Interception: MiG-21PFM/UM

Santa Clara - 14° Regimiento de Apoyo Táctico  (Inactive)
141° Escuadrón de Apoyo Táctico: MiG-23BN

Cienfugos - 15° Regimiento de Transporte (Inactive)
151° Escuadrón de Transporte: An-26, An-2

Cienfugos - 16° Regimiento de Helicópteros (Inactive)
161° Escuadrón de Helicópteros de Guerra Anti-Submarina: Mi-8
162° Escuadrón de Helicópteros de Propósitos Generales: Mi-8
163° Escuadrón de Helicópteros de Propósitos Generales: Mi-17
Zona Aérea Oriente 3a Brigada de Guardia

La Coloma (MULM) Airport
1660 Escuadrón de Entrenamiento (Training Squadron): L-39C

Camagüey - Ignacio Agramonte (MUCM) Airport
31° Regimiento de Interception: MiG-21MF

Note: Cuba has 65 airports with paved runways (over 3,047 m: 7 2,438 to 3,047 m: 9 1,524 to 2,437 m: 17 914 to 1,523 m: 5 under 914 m: 27) and 71 airports with unpaved runways (914 to 1,523 m: 13 under 914 m: 58)

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