Sunday, May 26, 2013



Capital: Tegucigalpa

1969 “Football War” or “100 Hour War” with El Salvador

The CIA trained Battalion 316 of the Honduras military, which in turn carried out political assassinations and kidnappings from about 1980-1992. 
Honduras received support from the U.S. and fascist Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, to counter the growing left wing threats from Nicaragua and El Salvador.

Minor dispute with El Salvador over Conejo Island. Claimed by both nations.

Fuerza Armadas de Honduras
About 20,000 total active duty personnel

Air Force
Fuerza Aerea Honduras (FAH)

The Honduras Air Force was built up during the 1980's to counter the threats coming from the Civil Wars being fought in El Salvador and Nicaragua. The FAH began to downsize after the end of hostilities in the 1990's.

Operates form 4 air bases at Tegucigalpa, Comayagua, San Pedro Sula, and La Ceiba. # stations at Cantacamas, Alto Aguan (bombing range), and Puerto Lempira. Radar station at La Mole peak.

F-5 Tiger II fighter aircraft (11)

A37 Dragonfly (12)

C101 trainer/light attack aircraft (4)

EMB 312 Tucano trainer/light attack aircraft (9)

C-130 transport aircraft (4)
IAI Arava utility transport aircraft (1)

C-47 transport aircraft (7) Still in use?
Cessna T-41 Mescalero trainer aircraft (2)
Maule M-7 trainers (4)

Cessna 182 Skylane (2)
Cessna 180 Skywagon (1)
Piper PA-31 Navajo utility aircraft (2)
Piper PA-34 Seneca utility aircraft (1)
Piper PA-28 Arrow utility aircraft (1)

Super Mystere fighter aircraft. (Retired from service. In storage?)-12

UH-1 helicopters (4)
Bell 412 helicopters (8)
MD 500 helicopters (3)

AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles
IAI Shafrir Mk II

ELTA EL/M-2106 NG tactical radars (2)?
ELTA EL/M-2082 long range radar (1)?

Fuerza Naval de Honduras

Base Naval Puerto Cortes- Main repair and logistics base on the Caribbean Sea.
Base Naval Puerto Castilla- Main Patrol Boat operating base on the Caribbean Sea.
Base Naval Amapala- Only base on the Pacific Ocean side of Honduras.
Base Naval Caratasca- Base used to counter drug trafficking.

Honduras Naval Academy- Located at La Ceiba. Officer training.
Naval Training Center- Trains naval personnel. NCO and sailors,

Patrol Vessels
Damen Stan 4207 Class (2)
FNH 1401
FNH 1402

Patrol Craft (3)
Swiftship 105'
FNH 101
FNH 102
FNH 103

Patrol Boats
Guardian Class river boats (10)
FNH 104
FNH 105

Damen Interceptor 1102 Class (6)

Commercial Cruiser Class (5)
FNH 651
FNH 652
FNH 653
FNH 654
FNH 655

Piranha Class river patrol boats (8)

Outrage Class Inshore patrol boats (8)

APR-2001 Class river patrol boats. Taiwanese made. (15)?

Transport Ship (1)

FNH-1611 Gracias a Dios
Buque de Apoyo Logístico y Cabotaje (BAL-C) class landing ship. Made by COTECMAR of Colombia.

Landing Craft Utility (1)
FNH 1491 Punta Caxinas

Landing Craft Medium (2)
FNH 7401 Warunta
FNH 7402 Tansin

Service Craft (6)
FN 7501
FN 7502
FN 7503
FN 7504
FN 7505
FN 7506

Hollyhock Class Buoy tender (1)
FNH 252

1es Batallon de Infanteria de Marina (1st Marine Infantry Battalion)
Based in La Ceiba

Army of Honduras

Scorpion light tanks (12)

Scimitar armored reconnaissance vehicles (3)
RBY Mk 1 reconnaissance vehicles (16)

Saladin armored cars (72)

Sultan command vehicles (1)
HMMWV utility vehicles (30)
HMMWV vehicles with M40 recoilless rifles

Jeep J8

Jeep utility vehicles

M198 towed 155mm howitzers (4-12)
M102 towed 105mm howitzers (24)
M101 towed 105mm howitzers (20)

Soltam M-66 160mm mortars
Soltam M-65 120mm mortars
Brandt MO-120 120mm mortars
M1 81mm mortars
M-29 81mm mortars
60mm mortars

RPG-7 anti-tank rocket launchers
Carl Gustav anti-tank rocket launchers
M72 LAW anti-tank rocket launchers
RPG-2 anti-tank rocket launchers
M40 recoilless rifles
M202 FLASH incendiary rocket launcher

M2 Browning .50 cal machine guns
M60 machine guns
FN MAG machine guns
FN Minimi machine guns
Stoner 63 machine guns
RPD machine guns
RPK machine guns
M21 sniper rifles
M40 sniper rifles
Remington 700 sniper rifles
Dragunov SVD sniper rifles
M16 assault rifles
AK 47 assault rifles
FN FAL assault rifles
M14 assault rifles
Galil assault rifles
M1 Garand rifles
M4 carbines
M1 carbines
HK MP5 sub-machine guns
Uzi sub-machine guns
MAC 10 sub-machine guns
Beretta 92 pistols
CZ 75 pistols
Colt 1911 pistols
Browning Hi Power pistols
Smith and Wesson Model 19 pistols
Makarov PM pistols

M-55A2 20mm anti-aircraft guns (80) Most in storage?
TCM-20 20mm anti-aircraft guns (24)

Policia Militar (Military Police)

Special Forces

Policia Nacional

Comando de Operaciones Especiales (COBRA)- Special police force


Industria Militar
Production of military uniforms and boots


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