Sunday, May 26, 2013



Capital: Manama

Have forces in Afghanistan (2011)

Approximately 13,000 military personnel

ATACMS short range tactical missiles fired from M270 MLRS vehicles

Royal Bahrain Air Force
1,500 personnel

F-16 fighter aircraft (33)

F-5 fighter aircraft (16)

Hawk trainer aircraft (6)
T-67 Firefly trainer aircraft (3)
BAe 146 transport aircraft (1)
AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters (22)

AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter (1)


Bell 212 helicopters (11)

MBB BO-105 helicopters (3)

UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters (11)
Bell 412 helicopters used by the Bahrain Police (2)
Bell 427 helicopters used by the Bahrain Police (1)

The king of Bahrain has a Boeing 747 which is equipped with electronic countermeasures to evade missiles.

Sheik Isa Air Base- Single 3,700 meter (12,100 feet) runway. Bahrain operates its fighter and trainer aircraft from here.
Rifa'a Air Base- Bahrain operates its helicopters from Rifa'a.
Muharraq Air Base- Located with the Bahrain International Airport. Used by the United States Air Force. Once a British airbase.
Sakhir Air Strip- Helipad and short runway located west of the Mountain of Smoke.

Royal Bahrain Navy
700 personnel

Frigate with Harpoon anti-ship missiles (1)

Corvettes with MM40 Exocet anti-ship missiles (8)

Patrol Boats (22)

MBB BO-105 helicopters that operate off corvettes (2)

Mina Sulman Naval Base
This naval base is shared with U.S. navy personnel and vessels. Used as a logistical support base for the U.S. 5th Fleet.

Manama Naval Base
Used by the U.S. navy. Not used by Bahrain.

Royal Bahrain Army
6,000 personnel

M-60A3 tanks (180)

AML-90 armored reconnaissance vehicles (22)
AIFV infantry fighting vehicles (42)

YPR-765 infantry fighting vehicles (25)
M113 armored personnel carriers (110)

Panhard M3 armored personnel carriers (110)
Saxon armored personnel carriers (10)
HMMWV utility vehicles

Feisal armored vehicles. Made in Bahrain.

M270 MLRS multiple rocket launchers (9)
Standard 227mm rockets and ATACMS tactical missiles fired from the M270 rocket launch system.

M110 203mm self propelled howitzers (13)
M109 155mm self propelled howitzers

M198 155mm towed howitzers (18)
L-118 105mm towed guns (8)

BGM-71 TOW anti-tank guided missiles

FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missiles

Barrett M82A1 .50 sniper/anti-material rifles
M-16 assault rifles
M4 carbines
HK MP5 sub-machine guns
Caracal pistols. Made in the United Arab Emirates.

MIM-23 Hawk surface-to-air missiles (8)

Crotale surface-to-air missiles (7)

Avenger surface-to-air missiles system
FIM-92 Stinger surface-to-air missiles (18)
RBS-70 surface-to-air missiles (60)
Bofors L70 40mm anti-aircraft guns (12)
Oerlikon GDF-005 twin 35mm anti-aircraft guns (15)

Bahrain National Guard
Approximately 2,000 personnel

Royal Guard
Green berets

Royal Bahrain Medical Services

Coast Guard- Falls under the Ministry of the Interior

Police- Falls under the Ministry of the Interior.

National Security Agency
Financial Intelligence Directorate- Falls under the Ministry of the Interior

Bahrain Defence Force pictures

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