In 1974, under a $250 million contract, the government of Kuwait purchased 30 newly manufactured A-4Ms and six TA-4s, along with spare parts and support equipment. The Kuwaiti Skyhawks were designated A-4KU and TA-4KU. Delivery began in 1977.
Many of the Kuwaiti Skyhawks, based at Dhahran Air base in Saudi Arabia, were flown on combat missions against Iraq during the 1991 Gulf War. At least two of the Kuwaiti A-4s, one flown by Colonel Mubarak, the commanding officer of the Kuwaiti Skyhawk squadron, were lost to Iraqi ground fire during that war. Colonel Mubarak was one of the Allied POWs.
Kept in near-mint condition in storage after their retirement, the remaining Kuwaiti Skyhawks were sold to Brazil in 1997.
Kuwait Air Force Unit Pages