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Bolivian Armed Forces: Bolivian Army (Ejercito Boliviano, EB), Bolivian Naval Force (Fuerza Naval Boliviana, FNB; includes Marines), Bolivian Air Force (Fuerza Aerea Boliviana, FAB) Active 46,100 personnel (Army 34,800 Navy 4,800 Air 6,500) Paramilitary 37,100 personnel.

BOLIVIAN AIR FORCE • Fuerza Aérea Boliviana (FAB)
Air Force 6,500 personnel (incl conscripts)

Forces by Role & Equipment by Type
(incl AD units)

AIRCRAFT 47 combat capable. Total +227 Aircrafts.

Fighter Ground Attack 3 sqns with 26 FGA ac:
16 Canadair AT-33AN Shooting Star (T-33-2000/T-33SC);
6 Canadair T-33F Silver Star Mk.III;
4 Lockheed T-33A T-Bird;

Light attack COIN &Training 1 sqn with 21 Trg/Coin Aircrafts:
6 Hongdu K-8WB Karakorum-8;
12 Pilatus PC-7U Turbo-Trainer (8 stored at Cochabamba);
3 Pilatus PC-7T Turbo-Trainer;

Reconnaissance & Exploration Group (National Service Aerophotogrammetry) 7 Recce ac:
3 Beechcraft E90 King Air;
1 Gates Learjet 25B (secondary VIP role);
1 Gates Learjet 25D (secondary VIP role);
1 Cessna 402C Utiliner;
1 Piper Pa-23 Aztec

Anti-Drug & Utility 1 sqn with 3 Utl ac:
3 Cessna 172K Skyhawk (with UH-1H)

Utility 1 sqn with 5 Utl ac:
1 Beechcraft B55 Baron;
1 Beechcraft B58 Baron;
1 Cessna 402B Utiliner;
2 Cessna 185F U-17A Skywagon;

Reconaissance & Light Transport 4 sqns with 28 Lt Tpt/Recce ac:
(820. Squadron) 1 sqn with 5 Lt Tpt/Recce ac:
2 Cessna TU206G Stationair;
2 Cessna 210L Centurion;
1 Piper PA-34 Seneca;
(831. Squadron) 1 sqn with 10 Lt Tpt/Recce ac:
2 Cessna A152 Aerobat;
2 Cessna 185 Skywagon;
3 Cessna U206G Stationair;
1 Piper PA-24 Commanche:
2 Piper PA-32RT Saratoga/Cherokee Six;
(341. Squadron) 1 sqn with 6 Lt Tpt/Recce ac:
6 Cessna U206G Stationair;
(611. Squadron) 1 sqn with 7 Lt Tpt/Recce ac:
3 Cessna A152 Aerobat;
4 Cessna U206G Stationair;

Joint Air Group:
Pilatus PC-6B Turbo Porter (with SA.316B/HB.315B)

Liaison
4 sqn with 27 Liaison ac:
(620. Squadron) 1 sqn with 7 Liaison ac:
6 Cessna U206G Stationair;
1 Beechcraft A36 Bonanza;
(621. Squadron) 1 sqn with 4 Liaison ac:
3 Cessna A152 Aerobat;
1 Cessna TU206G Stationair;
(630. Squadron) 1 sqn with 6 Liaison ac:
4 Cessna U206G Stationair;
2 Cessna 177 Cardinal
(640. Squadron) 1 sqn with 8 Liaison ac:
6 Cessna U206G Stationair;
2 Cessna 210L Centurion;

Survey &Training 1 sqn with 9 Surv/Trg ac:
3 Cessna 210L Centurion;
3 Cessna TU206G Stationair;
2 Piper PA-34 Seneca;
1 Piper PA-28 Cherokee;

Liaison &Training 1 sqn with 7 Trg ac:
4 Cessna FA152 Aerobat (Aerobatic Training);
1 Cessna 182 Skylane;
2 Beechcraft F33 Bonanza;

Training Air Group 5 sqn with 94 Trg ac: 
1 sqn with 24 Bsc Trg ac: 
7 Beechcraft T-34A Mentor (5 stored at BA El Trompillo/Santa Cruz);
4 Beechcraft T-34B Turbo Mentor (Ex-Uruguayan);
8 Beechcraft VT-34A Mentor (Ex-Venezuelan; aid)
1 sqn with 37 Bsc Trg ac:
6 Neiva T-25A Universal;
28 Aerotec A-122A Uirapuru (3 in stored);
Basic Flying Training 1 sqn with 11 Bsc Trg ac: 
9 Diamond DA-40-180CS Diamond Star;
1 Lancair 320;
1 Cessna 182 Skylane;
Basic Flying Training 1 sqn with 15 Bsc Trg ac:
6 Cessna T-41D Mescalero;
9 FAB-X02 Huayna;
Primary Flying Training 1 sqn with 7 Bsc Trg ac
5 Aerotec T-23 Uirapuru;
2 Aerotec A-132B Uirapuru;


HELICOPTER 33 armed capable. Total 55 Helicopters.

Combat Search and Rescue & VIP 1 CSAR/VIP Tpt hel:
1 Aérospatiale AS-332B Super Puma (with TAM Executives Squadron);

Search and Rescue & Support 6 sqn with 40 SAR/Spt Hel:
Anti-Drug 4 sqn with 26 SAR/Spt (anti-drug) hel:
26 Bell UH-1H Huey (1 sqn with Cessna; 3 sqns SAR/Spt second role)
Search and Rescue & COMMS 1 sqn with 6 SAR/Comms hel:
2 Eurocopter AS-532AC Cougar;
1 Bell 212 Twin Huey;
3 Helibras HB-315B Gaviln (Aérospatiale SA-315B Lama);
Search and Rescue 1 sqn with 8 SAR Hel:
4 Bell 205 Iroquois (Ex-Brazilian; aid)
2 Eurocopter AS-350B3 Ecureuil III (AS-550 Fennec Light helicopter);
1 Aérospatiale SE.3160 Alouette III;
1 Aérospatiale SA-315B Lama;

Utility 1 sqn with 10 Utl hel:
6 Harbin Z-9 H425 Dauphin (AS-365/AS-565 Panther version; delivery 2012)
2 Helibras HB350 Esquilo;
2 HAL Dhruv (ordered);

Transport 1 sqn with 8 Tpt hel (ordered):
4 Mil Mi-17 Hip-H;
4 Mil Mi-8T Hip-C;

Rotary Flying Training
1 sqn with 6 Trg hel:
6 Robinson R44 Raven II


MINISTRY OF NATIONAL DEFENCE AVIATION

AIRCRAFT
Total 45 Transport Aircrafts.

Transporte Aéreo Boliviano (TAB) 3 sqn with 23 Tpt ac:
1 McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30F;
1 McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10F;
1 Lockheed L-100-30 Hercules
1 Lockheed RC-130A Hercules;
1 Lockheed C-130A Hercules;
1 Lockheed-Martin C-130H Hercules;
712. Transport Squadron:
1 Fokker F-27-400M Friendship (stored at La Paz);
2 Fokker F-27-200 Friendship
1 IAI 201 Arava (storage);
1 Lockheed L-188 Electra (storage)
713. Transport Squadron:
3 Convair CV-580T Metropolitan,
2 BAE Systems 146-100;
1 Canadair CL-66B;
4 CASA C-212-100 Aviocar (Ex-Spanish);
2 Xi’an MA60;

Transportes Aereos Militares (VIP Transport) 4 sqn with 11 VIP Tpt ac:
TAM 310. Executives Squadron:
1 Douglas DC-8-55F
2 Douglas C-47 Dakota
1 BAE Systems BAe146-200;
1 Rockwell Aero-Commander RC690F Turbo Commander;
1 Convair CV-440;
2 Beechcraft 200C Super King Air;
1 Beechcraft 1900C Airliner;
1 Dassault Falcon 900EX;
1 Beechcraft 95 Travel Air;
1 Beechcraft B55 Baron;

711. Transport Squadron 4 Tpt ac:
 4 Lockheed C-130B Hercules;

721. Transport Squadron
3 Tpt ac:
2 Antonov An-26 Curl;
1 Douglas/Basler BT-67Skytrain;

Executive Squadron 3 Tpt ac:
1 Antonov An-148;
1 Rockwell Sabreliner RC60;
1 Rockwell Sabreliner 75A;


Bolivian Air Force  Air Defence Systems
AD •
1 regt with 1 AD
GUNS 18+:
20mm Oerlikon;
37mm 18 Type-65


FACILITIES
   Bolivian Air Force Main Headquarters: HQ Located at La Paz

   Bolivian Air Force / Fuerza Aérea Boliviana Airfields and Airbases Organisation
   (Current Order of Battle):

Airbases: Cochabamba, Chapacura,Cobija, El Trompillo, La Paz, Puerto Suarez, Robore, Riberalta, Tarija, Trinidad, Villamontes

Comando General de la Fuerza Aerea (La Paz):

La Paz (SLLP) Airbase
Ia Brigada Aérea (Base Aérea 'General Walter Arze' El Alto, La Paz)
Grupo Aéreo de Caza 31
Escuadrón de Caza 311 "Pumas" Squadron: A/T-33AN
Escuadrón de Ejecutivos 310: AS332B, BAe146-200, Beech 95 King Air, Beech 200, Beech 200C, Beech 1900, Cessna TU210, Learjet 25, RC690 Turbo Commander, B-55 Baron,
Grupo Aéreo de Transporte 71
Escuadrón de Transporte 711"Diablos Negros" Squadron: C-130B
Escuadrón de Transporte 712: F27-200, F27-400M, (IAI-201, L-188 storage)
Escuadrón de Transporte 713: CV580T, BAe146-100, C212-100, CL-66B, MA-60
TransporteAéreo Boliviano (TAB): C-130A/H, DC-10-10F/DC-10-30F , L100-20
Escuadrilla Ejecutiva: PA-34, Sabreliner 60
Servicio Nacional Aerofotogrametria: Beech E90, Cessna 402, Lj25B, Lj25D, PA-23

Cochabamba (SLCB) Airbase
IIa Brigada Aérea (Base Aérea de Colcapiru, Cochabamba)
Grupo Aéreo de Caza 33
Escuadrón 310: A/T-33AN
Grupo Aéreo Mixto: PC-6, SA.316B, HB.315B

Jorge Wilsterman Airbase
Grupo Aéreo de Caza 34
Escuadrón de Caza 340: PC-7, K-8WB
Escuadrón 341: Cessna 206, Lancair 360
Grupo Aéreo de Búsqueda y Salvamento 51
Jorge Wilsterman Escuadron 511: AS332B, AS350B3, SA315B, HB315B, SE3160   

El Trompillo Escuadron 512
: Cessna 208, UH-1
Chimore Escuadron 513: UH-1H   
Capitan Anibal Arab Escuadron 514: UH-1H

El Trompillo (SLET) Airbase

IIIa Brigada Aérea (Base Aérea El Trompillo, Santa Cruz de la Sierra)
Grupo Aéreo de Caza 32
Escuadrón de Caza 320: A/T-33AN
Escuadrón 321: Cessna 206/210, PA-28/-34
Grupo Aéreo de Búsqueda y Salvamento 51
Fuerza de Tarea "Diablos Rojos" Squadron: Cessna 208, Bell 212, UH-1H, SA.315B/HB.315B
Grupo Aéreo Transporte 72
Escuadrón 721: BT-67
Colegio Militar de Aviación (Base Aérea El Trompillo)
Grupo Aéreo de Entrenamiento 21
Escuadrón 210: A122, A122A, T-25A
Escuadrón 211: T-34A, T-34B, VT-34A
Escuadrón 212: various
Escuadrón Básico: F-33 Bonanza, Cessna 152/172/182/206
Escuadrón Primario: T-23
The PC-7 will be used for transition training here after the K-8 are delivered to Cochabamba
TAM has assembled a motley crew of transports. The BAe146 is one of the more numerous types.

Puerto Suarez (SLPS) Airbase
Grupo Aereo 83 (Base Aérea Capitan Salvador Ogaya)
Grupo de Reconocimiento y Exploración Aéreo 83
Escuadrón 831: Cessna A152/182/185/U206G, PA-24/-28

Robore (SLRB) Airbase
Grupo Aéreo 61

Escuadrón 611: Cessna A152/206

Tarija (SLTJ) Airbase
IVa Brigada Aerea
(Base Aérea Capitan Oriel Lea Plaza)   
Grupo de Reconocimiento y Exploración Aéreo 82
Escuadrón 820: Cessna TU206/210L, PA-34
       
Riberalta (SLRI) Airbase
Grupo Aéreo Táctico 62
Escuadrón 621: Cessna A152/TU206G, PA-34

Villamontes (SLVM) Airbase
Grupo Aéreo 63 (Base Aérea Teniente Coronel Rafael Pabon)
Escuadrón 630: Cessna 172/206

Chapacura (SLCH) Airbase

Grupo Aéreo de Búsqueda y Salvamento 51
Fuerza de Tarea "Diablos Rojos" Squadron: UH-1H, AS350B3
Grupo Aéreo de Entrenamiento 22
Escuadrón 220 "Gral.Div.Aé. Alberto Paz Soldán Pol" Squadron: R44 Raven II

Trinidad (SLTR) Airbase
Va Brigada Aerea
(Base Aérea Trinidad)   
Grupo Aéreo de Transporte 72 (Base Aérea Teniente Jorge Heinrich Arauz)
Escuadrón 720: C212,Cessna A512172//182/TU206G/207/210L, IAI201, PA-32, PA-34   

Cobija (SLCO) Airbase
Grupo Aéreo de Búsqueda y Salvamento 51
Fuerza de Tarea"Diablos Rojos" Squadron: UH-1H, SA.315B/HB.315B
Grupo Aereo Tactico 62     (Base Aérea Capitan Selin Zeitun Lopez)
Escuadron 620: Cessna 206
Grupo Aéreo 64 (Base Aérea Capitan Anibal Arab)
Escuadrón 640: Cessna U206,Ce210


Note: Bolivia has 16 airports with paved runways (over 3,047 m: 3 2,438 to 3,047 m: 4 1,524 to 2,437 m: 4 914 to 1,523 m: 5), and 865 airports with unpaved runways (over 3,047 m: 1 2,438 to 3,047 m: 4 1,524 to 2,437 m: 58 914 to 1,523 m: 187 under 914 m: 615)

Official website
: http://www.mindef.gob.bo/mindef/inicio

 
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