Zamastanian Air Force
|Zamastanian Defense Air Force
|23 September 1924
(99 years, 5 months ago)
|Government of Zamastan, President of Zamastan
|President of Zamastan
|Secretary of Defense
|Secretary of the Air Force
|Chief of Air Force Operations
The Zamastanian Air Force, officially named the Zamastanian Defense Air Force (Z.D.A.F.) so as not to be confused with the Zamastanian Armed Forces (Z.A.F.) is Zamastan's aerial warfare force. The Air Force heavily assists other branches of the Zamastanian Armed Forces, including the Zamastanian Naval Forces and Zamastanian Army. The force maintains an operational fleet of various types of aircraft, described by the ZDAF as being "leading-edge" in terms of technology. This largely consists of fixed-wing aircraft, including: fighter and strike aircraft, airborne early warning and control aircraft, ISTAR and SIGINT aircraft, aerial refueling aircraft and strategic and tactical transport aircraft. The majority of the ZDAF's rotary-wing aircraft form part of the tri-service Joint Helicopter Command in support of ground forces. Most of the ZDAF's aircraft and personnel are based in Zamastan, with many others serving on operations on leased bases internationally, examples being in Emmiria, Quetana, Sulifa, New Elkland, Constantio, and Cadair. The world's largest air force, it has a budget worth hundreds of billions, and the service operates more than 5,369 military aircraft and 406 ICBMs.
The Zamastanian Air Force has over 1,638 aircraft in service as of December 2020. The various aircraft of the Air Force include:
The attack aircraft of the ZDAF are designed to attack targets on the ground and are often deployed as close air support for, and in proximity to, Zamastanian ground forces. The proximity to friendly forces require precision strikes from these aircraft that are not always possible with bomber aircraft. Their role is tactical rather than strategic, operating at the front of the battle rather than against targets deeper in the enemy's rear. The Air Force is currently running the OA-X experiment, with the intent to procure an off the shelf light attack aircraft.
Zamastanian Air Force bombers are strategic weapons, primarily used for long range strike missions with conventional ordinance. Traditionally used for attacking strategic targets, many bombers are also used in the tactical mission, such as providing close air support for ground forces and tactical interdiction missions.
Transport aircraft are typically used to deliver troops, weapons and other military equipment by a variety of methods to any area of military operations, usually outside of the commercial flight routes in uncontrolled airspace.
The fighter aircraft of the ZDAF are small, fast, and maneuverable military aircraft primarily used for air-to-air combat. Many of these fighters have secondary ground-attack capabilities, and some are dual-roled as fighter-bombers (e.g., the Z-14 Osprey); the term "fighter" is also sometimes used colloquially for dedicated ground-attack aircraft, such as the Z-17 Condor.
The reconnaissance aircraft of the ZDAF are used for monitoring enemy activity, originally carrying no armament.
These aircraft are used for the transportation of Very Important Persons (VIPs). Notable people include the President of Zamastan, Cabinet secretaries, government officials (e.g., senators and representatives), the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other key personnel. Zian Prime 0, a modified Toring 797, is the President's official aircraft.
|Double-seat, twin-engine, all-weather multirole strike fighter
|February 1, 1982
|Double-seat, twin-engine, all-weather multirole fighter aircraft
|April 1, 1990
|Single-seat, twin-engine, all-weather stealth tactical fighter aircraft
|April 9, 1999
|Single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole combat aircraft
|May 16, 2013
|Stealth strategic heavy bomber
|May 3, 2002
|Strategic and tactical transport
|3 crew, 250+ additional
|June 13, 1996
|Single-seat, twin turbofan engine, straight wing jet, ground attack aircraft
|June 5, 1974
|Toring-1C Black Owl
|Extended-Range Multi-Purpose UAV
|August 12, 2009
Mission and function
- as of January 2021