Kuwaiti Army

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Kuwait Army
Active
Flag of Kuwait (1915-1956).svg
  • Defense Security Force Cavalry & Infantry

(1915–1938)

  • Part of Directorate of Public Security Force

(1938-1953)

  • Kuwaiti Army
1953 - present
Country  Kuwait
Allegiance
Coat of arms of Kuwait.svg
1961 - present
Branch Kuwait Armed Forces
Type Army
Size 11,000.[1]
Part of Kuwaiti Armed Forces
Garrison/HQ G1
Nickname

Cavalrymen

The Old Guard
Motto

الشرف والإخلاص لله والوطن والامير

( Honor & Fidelity to God, Country & The Emir)
Colors Green & Red
Anniversaries National and Liberation Day (25th and 26th February)
Engagements
Decorations Arab and non-Arab Military awards and decorations
Commanders
Commander MG. Ibrahim AlWasmi

Kuwaiti Army is the principal land force of the Kuwaiti Armed Forces.The Kuwaiti Army was established in 1949 and is the oldest armed wing among the armed forces of Kuwait.[2] The Kuwaiti Army was part of the Kuwaiti Public Security Force in 1938[3] and part of the Defense and Security Forces in desert and metropolitan areas in 1919, 1920 and (1928-1938).[4] The Kuwaiti Army trace their roots directly to the cavalrymen and infantrymen that defended Kuwait and its wall.[5] The Kuwaiti Army supersedes the Politics of Kuwait in seniority and is older than the Government of Kuwait, the Constitution of Kuwait and the National Assembly of Kuwait.[6]

Current[edit]

Major non-NATO Ally of the US and Global War on Terrorism (2004-present)[edit]

After the War on Terror began with military campaigns following the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Kuwait was declared one of fifteen major non-NATO allies of the United States by US President George W Bush.[7]

Structure[edit]

  • Kuwait 35th Shahid (Martyr) Armored Brigade

Equipment[edit]

Kuwaiti M-84AB tanks parading on February 25th and 26th, 2011 with members of the 34 nations coalition force partners; celebrations that marked the 50th anniversary of the Independence, the 20th anniversary of Liberation and the 5th anniversary of the ascendance of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to the leadership of the State of Kuwait. Commemorating the participation of the Syrian Armed Forces during the First Gulf War; Kuwaiti M-84-tanks flew the Flag of Syria during the parade.

Armored fighting vehicles[edit]

Name Type Quantity Country of origin Notes
M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank 218 United States Delivered between 1994–97
M-84AB Main Battle Tank 150 Yugoslavia 200 Ordered 1989 and 15 in service by 1990
Desert Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicle 254 United Kingdom 136 with 25mm gun, 118 APC. Delivered 1994-97
BMP-3 Infantry Fighting Vehicle 120 Soviet Union, Russia Delivered between 1995–96
BMP-2 Infantry Fighting Vehicle 76 Soviet Union 245 delivered between 1989–90 and 46 delivered between 1994–95
M113A2 Armoured Personnel Carrier 230 United States 60 Active
M577 Armoured Personnel Carrier 30 United States Command post vehicle
Fahd 240 Armoured Personnel Carrier 40 Egypt First delivered in 1988[8]
Pandur Armoured Personnel Carrier 70 Austria National Guard in 6 versions. First entered service 1997
Desert Chameleon Armoured Personnel Carrier 29 United States National Guard, 6x6 APC with 90mm cannon. First entered service 2011
Shorland S600 Armoured Personnel Carrier 22 United Kingdom National Guard, ordered in 1997 in 5 versions
VBL Armoured Personnel Carrier 20 France National Guard
M88 Hercules Armoured Recovery Vehicle 14 United States -
M-84AI Armoured Recovery Vehicle 15 Poland, Yugoslavia Polish WZT-3 built under license by Yugoslavia as M-84AI

Logistics and Utility vehicles[edit]

Name Type Quantity Country of origin Notes
Humvee Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle 400 United States -

Self-propelled field artillery[edit]

Name Type Quantity Country of origin Notes
PLZ-45 Self-propelled howitzer 75 {China 27 delivered 2000-01, 24 between 2002–03 and 24 ordered 2003
M-109A1B Self-propelled howitzer 23 United States Withdrawn from service

Anti-tank[edit]

Name Type Quantity Country of origin Notes
RPG-7 Rocket Propelled Grenade Soviet Union -
TOW M-901 Anti-tank Guided weapon 8 United States -
TOW II Anti-tank Guided weapon 66 United States -
AT-4 Spigot Anti-tank Guided weapon 80 Soviet Union -
AT-10 Anti-tank Guided weapon 60 Russia -

Multiple Launch Rocket Systems[edit]

Name Type Quantity Country of origin Notes
BM-30 Smerch Multiple launch rocket systems 27 Russia Purchased 1995-96

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Pike (2013-04-22). "Kuwait - Army Equipment". Globalsecurity.org. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  2. ^ "A History of the Kuwaiti Armed Forces". Military Review 84 (3). May–June 2004. Retrieved 12 October 2013.  – via Questia (subscription required)
  3. ^ [1], Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense,(Section Arabic Read الجيش الكويتي)
  4. ^ [2], Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense,(Section Arabic Read الجيش الكويتي)
  5. ^ [3], Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense,(Section Arabic Read الجيش الكويتي)
  6. ^ [4], Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense,(Section Arabic Read الجيش الكويتي)
  7. ^ Pike, John. "U.S. Designates Kuwait a Major Non-NATO Ally of U.S". Globalsecurity.org. Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
  8. ^ John Pike (2013-04-22). "Kuwait - Army Equipment". Globalsecurity.org. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 

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