|After 30 years of guerrilla war, Eritrea gained independence from Ethiopia in 1993. The result of 30 years fighting between the Ethiopian forces and the Eritrean People's Liberation Front (EPLF) didn't last long however. There is still fighting going on about the exact position of the border. |
In 1999, the ERAF bought ten MiG-29's after the Ethiopian Air Force bought Su-27's. The MiG-29's are probably flown and maintained by both Eritean, Russian and Ukrainian pilots and technician. In 2000 the ERAF bought eight Su-25's from Georgia, and six more MiG-29's from Moldavia. Unconfirmed reports mention that at least two MiG-29's were brought down by Ethiopian Flankers.
Nowadays, Eritrea has received 6 Su-27 Flankers themselves. Other recent additions to the ERAF are four Mi-17's.
The MiG-21's which were taken from the Ethiopian Air Force are believed to be no longer in service. The main airbase is Asmara AP, which is combined civil/military. At this moment, peace-keepers from different countries try to maintain the fragile peace over the disputed border. Other bases are Barentu, Mitsiwa and Aseb. Serials are sometimes worn with 'ERAF'in front of the digits, but not always.