Benin Armed Forces
|Benin Armed Forces
|Service branches||Army (l'Armée de Terre)
Benin Navy (Forces Navales Beninois, FNB)
Benin People's Air Force (Force Aerienne Populaire de Benin, FAPB)
|Commander-in-Chief||President Yayi Boni|
|Percent of GDP||1% (2011)|
|Foreign suppliers||France Russia United States|
The Benin Armed Forces (FAB) constitutes the army, navy, air force, and national gendarmerie of Benin. For a number of years, the Belgian Armed Forces have had an active programme of co-operation with Benin, offering training and coaching, donating redundant military equipment and using the county for limited military exercises.
|PT-76||Soviet Union||Light tank||18||operational status uncertain|
|Casspir||South Africa||Armored personnel carrier||Casspir 2000||0||10 on order|
|M8 Greyhound||United States||Armored car||7|
|Véhicule Blindé Léger||France||Light Armoured car||10|
|BRDM-2||Soviet Union||Light Armoured car||14|
|L118 Light Gun||United Kingdom||Howitzer||12|
|M101 howitzer||United States||Howitzer||4|
After achieving independence from France in 1960 the Benin Airforce was transport equipped with seven French-supplied Douglas C-47s, four MH.1521 Broussards and two Agusta-Bell 47Gs. Two F-27s were entered service in 1978 for transport duties before being transferred to Air Benin. Also during the same era two AN-26s were acquired. In late 1985 two Dornier Do-28s entered service to replace the C-47s. A single DHC-6 Twin Otter was acquired in 1989.
The Benin Air Force maintains a small transport and utility fleet of 14 aircraft, including seven helicopters.
|Agusta A109||Italy||scout/attack helicopter||A109HO||2||5 delivered|
|Eurocopter AS 350 Ecureuil||France||utility helicopter||AS 350B||1||2 AS-350B+1 AS-355M delivered|
|Boeing 727||United States||VIP-transport||727-256 Adv.||1||Acquired from Iberia and modified in 2007/08.|
|British Aerospace HS.748||United Kingdom||transport||HS.748||1||2 delivered|
|de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter||Canada||transport||DHC-6-300||1|
|Dornier Do 28||Germany||utility||Do.28D-2||2|
|Douglas DC-3||United States||transport||C-47B||2||8 delivered|
|Aero Commander||United States||transport||500B||1|
|LH-10 Ellipse||France||Surveillance||Grand Duc||2||In service 2011|
As at 2012 the navy has a strength of approximately 200 personnel. It operates two ex-Chinese patrol boats, which are designated the Matelot Brice Kpomasse class.
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