Territorial Air Defence Forces

The Territorial Air Defence Force (French: Forces de défense aérienne du Territoire[1] ,Arabic: قوات الدفاع الجوي عن الإقليم)[2] abbreviated as DAT) is an armed service/branch of the Algerian People’s National Army, the armed forces of Algeria.[3] It is one of the four service branches of the Algerian Armed Forces, along with the army, navy, and air force. It is tasked with the Algerian airspace protection mission. Its current commander is Major-General Amer Amrani.[4]

Territorial Air Defence Force
Arabic: قوات الدفاع الجوي عن الإقليم
French: Forces de défense aérienne du Territoire

Insignia of the Commander of the Territorial Air Defence Force
Founded 1988
Country Algeria
Role Air Defense
Size 10,000
Part of Algerian People’s National Army
Military unit

The higher military school of the Air Defence Forces (école supérieure de la défense aérienne du territoire) is located at Reghaïa in Algeria’s 1st Military Region.[5] It provides engineering training.

Created in 1988, after being separated from the Ground Forces Command, it is currently under the command of the commander of air defense of the military region forces. Its equipment includes the S300 missile, batteries of Pantsir-S1s, and the Tor missile system, which is the most important weapon owned by the Territorial Air Defence Force.[6][7] Other systems include: the SA-6 “Gainful” and Buk missile systems, the S-125 Neva/Pechora and the SA-8 Gecko, as well as the “Shilka” armed with 23 mm cannons and man portable 9K32 Strela-2s. In addition, the force possesses many types of radar.

Currently there are three air defence brigades and five surface-to-air missile regiments with SA-2, SA-3, SA-6, and SA-20.[8]

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Gear Image Origin in service Type Comments
S-300 (missile)  Russia 8 regiments Strategic air defense 8 regiments of S-300PMU-2 Favorit were ordered in 2006.[9][10] One S-300 regiment consists of 12 launchers of 4 missiles.
S-400 Triumph  Russia 4 regiments[11][12] Long-range SAM One S-400 regiment consists of 12 launchers of 4 missiles[13][14]
HQ-9  China N/A[15][16] Long-range SAM
Buk-M2  Russia 48 systems[17][18] Medium-range SAM
SAM-6/8/7/9/13/14/16/18  Soviet Union Unknown Medium-range SAM
S-350E Vityaz 50R6  Russia Unknown[19] Medium-range SAM
Pantsir-S1/SM  Russia 108[20][21] Air defense short and medium-term
Tor-M2  Russia N/A Short-range SAM Deliveries in 2018[22]
Skyshield  Germany unknown Short Range Air Defense Received in 2017[23][24]
9K33 Osa  Soviet Union 48 systems Short-range SAM
9K31 Strela-1  Soviet Union 46 systems Short-range SAM
S-125 Neva[25]  Soviet Union Unknown Short-range SAM
ZSU-23-4 Shilka  Soviet Union 319 SPAAG Shilka Locally developed for surface to air missiles
ZU-23-2  Soviet Union Unknown Anti-aircraft autocannon

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