Madagascan Air Force operating Tetras light aircraft


Madagascar’s Air Force recently received a second Humbert Aviation Tetras light aircraft from France, the latest in a series of aircraft acquired from that country.

France’s Ambassador to Madagascar, François Goldblatt, handed the aircraft over to Général de Corps d’Armée, André Lucien Rakotoarimasy, at Base Aéronavale Ivato, Antanànarìvo, on April 10.

Another Tetras was handed over to Madagascar in February 2009, according to Air Forces Daily. This is in line with bilateral cooperation between Madagascar and France. A number of other aircraft have been supplied to the Malagasy Air Force by France, including a single Socata MS885 Super Rallye and five Sauper Aviation J300 Joker ultralight aircraft.

Madagascar has a small air force, which includes four ex-Belgian SA 316 Alouette II helicopters, delivered in March 2010, and a few light aircraft and transports.

According to Air Forces Daily, a number of old, unserviceable aircraft have been scrapped recently, including eight MiG-21s, five Mi-8s, four C-47 Dakotas and four An-26s. Another three MiG-17s were taken out of service several years back. Madagascar has no combat aircraft in service.