African Airpower

a concept


Africa, Strategy, Airpower, Cooperation


The development of an African Airpower Concept starts by identifying the current operating environment and limitations.  After these realities are identified, we lay out airpower requirements and cooperative strategies needed to address the current threats. The concept outlines broad strategic principles common across Africa that could be incorporated into tailored regional strategies.  This concept draws on work done over the past decade by the US Air Force and especially US Africa Command, its air component (African Air Forces) and Air University in partnering with African air forces to develop capacity, capabilities and cooperation. Several African air forces and regional organizations have taken a number of initiatives during the 2010s that reflect some of the Concept’s recommendations.


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