French Air and Space Force

The French Air and Space Force (AAE) (French: Armée de l'Air et de l'Espace, lit.'Army of the Air and the Space') is the air and space force of the French Armed Forces. It was formed in 1909 as the Service Aéronautique, a service arm of the French Army, and then made an independent military arm in 1934, becoming the French Air Force. On 10 September 2020, it assumed its current name, the French Air and Space Force.[3][4] The number of aircraft in service with the French Air and Space Force varies depending on the source, however sources from the French Ministry of Defence give a figure of 658 aircraft in 2014.[5][6] The French Air and Space Force has 232 combat aircraft in service, with the majority being 130 Dassault Mirage 2000 and 102 Dassault Rafale.[7] As of early 2017, the French Air and Space Force employs a total of 41,160 regular personnel. The reserve element of the air and space force consisted of 5,187 personnel of the Operational Reserve.[8]

Air and Space Force
Armée de l'Air et de l'Espace
FoundedPart of the French Army in 1909 – An independent service arm in 1934
2 July 1934 (official)
Country France
TypeAir and space force
RoleAerial and space warfare
Size41,160 personnel (2017)[1][2]
1057 aircraft,[2]
Part ofFrench Armed Forces
Colours      
Engagements
Websitewww.defense.gouv.fr/air
Commanders
Chief of Staff of the French Air and Space ForceGénéral d'armée aérienne Philippe Lavigne
Insignia
Roundel
Fin flash
Aircraft flown
Electronic
warfare
E-3 Sentry
FighterRafale, Mirage 2000
HelicopterAS532 Cougar, Fennec, EC725 Caracal
TrainerAlpha Jet, Pilatus PC-21, SOCATA TBM, Extra EA-300
TransportLockheed C-130, Airbus A310, Airbus A330, Airbus A400M, Dassault Falcon 7X, Dassault Falcon 900, Dassault Falcon 2000, Transall C-160, Boeing C-135FR

The Chief of Staff of the French Air and Space Force (CEMAAE) is a direct subordinate of the Chief of the Defence Staff (CEMA).