Things You Really Need to Know About Zambian Airforce



Zambian Air Force

The Zambia Air Force (ZAF) safeguards the sovereignty of our mother land against all enemy air threats and renders support to land forces in defence of the country. It is organized into six (6) departments as follows:-

  • Operations
  • Technical services
  • Administration
  • Supply services
  • Training
  • Audit and inspectorate


The functions are as follows:-

  • To defend the Zambian airspace against enemy air attacks
  • To support ground forces in operations
  • To render air transport support to civil authorities when need arises
  • To support and co-operate with state organs and state institutions in times of public emergencies and national disasters.
  • Perform any other duties as may be directed by the government from time to time.

The Ministry of Defence is charged with the critical responsibility of preserving, protecting and defending the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Zambia for the sole purpose of ensuring the country, its citizens and residents are safe guarded from both internal and external aggression.

The Ministry of Defence draws its mandate from the Government Gazette Notice No.547 of 2004, and is accordingly responsible for the following portfolio functions:

  • National Defence Policy
  • Zambia Defence Force
  • Zambia National Service
  • Home Guards
  • Combined Cadet Force
  • War Graves and Memorials

In addition to the portfolio functions highlighted above, the Ministry is guided by the following statutes:-

  • Constitution of Zambia Act Cap  1
  • Zambia Defence Act Cap 106
  • Zambia National Service Act Cap 121
  • Home Guard Act Cap 122
  • Combined Cadet Force Act Cap 118
  • War Graves and Memorials Act Cap179


The Ministry comprises the Departments and Units stated below:-

  • Human Resources and Administration (HRA)
  • Research, Planning and Projects (RPP)
  • Accounting Unit
  • Internal Audit Unit
  • Zambia Army (Army)
  • Zambia Air Force (ZAF)
  • Zambia National Service (ZNS)
  • Defence Force Medical Services (DFMS)
  • Maina Soko Military Hospital
  • Northern Command Military Hospital
  • Defence School of Health Sciences
  • International Military Sports Council &United Nations Liaison Office
  • Ex-Servicemen Affairs Directorate
  • Defence Services Command and Staff College
  • Chaplaincy


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