About Air Force

The Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces – Air Force (UPDF-AF) is a statutory institute and a service arm of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces. It is established by the Defence Forces Act, 2005, Section 3 Subsection 2(b).

The Air Force’s mission and vision is in consonance with the country’s comprehensive Defence policy, especially in threats analysis, given the fact that we are a landlocked country. Air Force is conscious of the fact that any threats to countries that constitute Uganda’s lifelines to the seas are threats to Uganda and this forms a basic ingredient of Uganda’s strategic Defence posture.

There is ample evidence that the forces have played a crucial role in the pursuit of its stated mission. Its swiftness in evacuating causalities and in assisting civil authorities in search and rescue missions is commendable.


To defend the Uganda’s air space, provide air support to the Land Force and engage in operations other than war.


To remain Uganda’s strategic defence power by deterring potential threats and winning wars.

Air Force Core Tasks

  • Defending Uganda’s Airspace and supporting own land forces wherever they are.
  • Destroying strategic enemy positions.
  • Providing VIP transport.
  • Peace support missions and relief in the event of natural disasters.
  • All the other duties of UPDF as per Article 208 of the constitution of the Republic of Uganda.

Air Force Leadership


Lt Gen Charles Okidi

Commander Air Force (CAF)

Deputy Commander Air Force (D/CAF)

Brig Gen David Gonyi

Chief of Staff - Air Force (CoS - AF)