The Cuban Antiaircraft Defense and Revolutionary Air force (Defensa Antiaérea y Fuerza Aérea Revolucionaria—DAAFAR), whose origins date back to the single aircraft that constituted the Rebel Air Force in April 1958, was established as a separate service branch in April 1972 and had a command structure separate from that of the ER. The commander of the DAAFAR in early 1985 was Division General Casas. The second in command, the first deputy chief of the DAAFAR, acted as the chief of troops. His command comprised approximately 12 percent of all MINFAR regular forces. The DAAFAR's formal mission was recognized in the late 1970s as providing national air defense, tactical and airlift support for ground forces and, on a selective basis, foreign military assistance.
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