C-130 Hercules and 26 more aircraft are damaged/wrecked in Sudan

The internal conflict in Sudan that started a week ago continues. The damage he is causing to civilian and military equipment at Khartoum Airport also continues. A satellite photo with notes distributed by Airbus Defense & Space [ADS] showing the damage as of April 21.

C-130 Hercules and 26 more aircraft damaged/wrecked in Sudan
Photo credit: ADS / Telegram

At least one Lockheed C-130 Hercules turboprop military transport aircraft was lost at the airfield after it appeared to be destroyed. BulgarianMilitary.com does not have information on which Air Force this aircraft belongs. It may be owned by the Sudanese Air Force. Sudan has one Lockheed C-130 Hercules.

Most damaged or wrecked aircraft is Soviet/Russian manufactured. The list of these aircraft is completed by one Il-62 ST-PRA [civilian, passenger], four Il-76 in different versions [military and civilian, Sudan has only one, however], one An-72 [transport, cargo], three An-26 [civilian or military transport aircraft, Sudan has six], four An-12 [military transport aircraft, Sudan has 10], three Boeing 737 in various versions, one Airbus A330-300, one Embraer ERJ-135, one King Air B200, and one ATR-42. There are unidentified aircraft numbered 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 20 from the ADS list.

Evacuation undertook by the Saudi

Over the past 24 hours, Saudi Arabia has begun evacuating civilians from Sudan. According to available information, so far 157 people have been evacuated by military sea transport from the Saudi Arabian Navy. 91 of these people are Saudis and the remaining 66 are from other nationalities. Among them are people from Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Egypt, Tunisia, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Philippines, Canada, and Burkina Faso.

Sources reported that the Saudi Arabian military has established communication with the Sudanese Rapid Support Forces [RSF] military to be able to carry out the evacuation. This communication was necessary because the RSF controls the neighborhood where the Saudi Arabian embassy is located.

Egyptian MiG-29s

In addition to the mentioned damaged and destroyed aircraft, BulgarianMilitary.com reported days ago that at least one Egyptian MiG-29 was destroyed and two others were damaged. The fate of two more MiG-29s, but parked in the airport’s hangar, also remains unclear. Satellite photos show that a bomb hit the hangar precisely in that part where the two Egyptian MiG-29s were reportedly parked.

'Goodbye' Egyptian MiG-29s - 1 destroyed, 2 damaged, hangar hit
Photo credit: Maxar

What is happening in Sudan?

This is not the first coup in the African country. The last coup happened just a few months ago – October 2021. Then the country began to be governed by several Sudanese generals forming a Council of Generals. At this council, a dispute arose between two generals, a dispute which would lead to the events of today.

The conflict arises at the moment when there is a proposal for Sudan to begin to exist under civilian rule. I.e. The Council of Generals to be dissolved, after holding civil elections.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan is one party to the dispute. In reality, he is the commander-in-chief of the Sudanese Armed Forces or SAF. According to this logic, at the moment he is considered the “president” of Sudan. General Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo is the deputy of General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. However, General Dagalo is the commander of the Sudanese Rapid Support Forces [RSF].

At the heart of the dispute is what form the RSF will take. In recent days, redistribution of RSF has started in different parts of the country. General Dagalo and his soldiers see this as a threat to the existence of the RSF as the country’s defining military unit. Sometime on Saturday morning, the first gun goes off. Who and where this happens remains unknown. But this is how the conflict in Sudan begins.


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