Military of Gabon

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Military of Gabon
Coat of arms of Gabon.svg
Coat of arms of Gabon
Founded 1960
Service branches Army, Navy, Air Force, Presidential (Republican) Guard (charged with protecting the president and other senior officials), National Gendarmerie, National Police
Military age 20 years of age
Budget 70.8 million (FY01)(CIA)
Percent of GDP 2% (FY01)(CIA)
Foreign suppliers  France
 United States
Related articles
History 1964 Gabon coup d'etat
2012–2013 Central African Republic conflict

The African country of Gabon has a small, professional military of about 5,000 personnel, divided into army, navy, air force, gendarmerie, and national police. Gabonese forces are oriented to the defense of the country and have not been trained for an offensive role. A well-trained, well-equipped 1,800-member guard provides security for the president.


Order of battle[edit]

  • 1 Republican Guard Battalion group - Libreville[citation needed] with:
    • 1 Light Armored Recon. Squad;
    • 3 Infantry Coys;
    • 1 Artillery Battery;
    • 1 Air Defense Battery.
  • 1 Airborne Regiment with:
    • 3 Airborne Coys;
    • 1 Recon and Support Coy;
    • 1 Command Coy.
  • 1 Light Armored Recon Battalion with:
    • 1 Logistic and Command Coy;
    • 2 Armored Sqds.
  • 1 Support Command Regiment with:
    • 1 Artillery Battery;
    • 1 Mortar Battery;
    • 1 MRLS Battery;
    • 1 Engineer Coy;
    • Logistic Units.
  • 7xMilitary Regions with:
    • 1 Motorized Infantry Battalion or Coy-each.


Current inventory[edit]

Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Combat Aircraft
Mirage 5  France ground attack Mirage 5G 3[1]
Mirage F1  France fighter 6[1]
AS332  France transport 2[1]
SA330  France transpot / utility 5[1]
EC135  France utility 2[1]
AS350  France liaison 1[1]
EC120  France light utility 1[1]
Alouette III  France light utility 2[1]
SA342 Gazelle  France scout / attack 3[1]
Trainer Aircraft
T-34 Mentor  United States trainer 4[1]
Mirage 5  France conversion trainer Mirage 5DG 2[1]



Image Equipment In service Notes
Offshore patrol vessel
French Navy Offshore Patrol Ship P725 Adroit.jpg Kership OPV-50 1 on order for delivery in 2016[2]
Fast attack craft (missile boat)
Blessas P21.jpg La Combattante III class 1 armed with MBDA MM-40 Exocet anti-ship missiles
Patrol craft
Tapageuse-01.jpg P400 class 2 ex-French Navy Tapageuse (P691) acquired in 2012
armed with SS-12M anti-ship missiles
1 ship on order for delivery in 2015 [2]
Swift Ships Type 205 1
small coastal patrol craft 4 acquired from Spain
Landing craft
BATRAL-francis-garnier-02.jpg BATRAL class 1 President el Hadj Omar Bongo (L05)
US Navy 090615-N-6676S-456 Landing Craft Mechanized (LCM) 14, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 2, transports Sailors, Soldiers and Marines during operations supporting Joint Logistics Over-The-Shore (JLOTS) exercises.jpg Landing Craft Mechanized 1

Air Force[edit]

Order of battle[edit]

  • Fighter Squadron 1-02 Leyou at BA02 Franceville with:
    • Mirage F-1AZ
    • MB-326M Impala I
  • Heavy Transport Squadron at BA01 Libreville with:
    • C-130 Hercules
    • CN-235
  • Ministerial Air Liaison Group (Groupe de Liaison Aérien Ministériel or GLAM) at BA01 Libreville with:
    • 1 Falcon-900EX
    • 1 Gulfstream-III



The Air Force operates 33 aircraft, including 4 combat jets and 5 helicopters. In addition to the Air Force, the Army operates its own fleet of 8 helicopters.

Image Equipment In service[3] Notes
Fighter / ground attack aircraft
Mirage F1AZ 6 total of eight ordered[3]
ex-South African Air Force aircraft
Counter-insurgency / light attack aircraft
F337G Super Skymaster 4
Maritime patrol aircraft
EMB-111A Bandeirulha 1 equipped with AN/ALR-128 radar
Tactical transport aircraft
C-130H Hercules 1
L-100-20 Hercules 1
L-100-30 Hercules 1 of two delivered
CN-235-200M 1
ATR 42-300M Gabon Government TR-KJD - MSN 131 (9900037096).jpg ATR 42-300M 1 registration TR-KJD
EMB-110P1 Bandeirante 3 of four delivered
VIP transport aircraft
Gabon Gov. DC8-73CF TR-LTZ (6482714803).jpg Douglas DC-8-73CF 1 registration TR-LTZ
presidential transport aircraft
FALCON 900EX TR-LEX (6932474283).jpg Falcon 900EX 1 registration TR-LEX
of two delivered
Falcon 20 unknown status of two delivered
Gulfstream G-IV(SP), Gabon - Government JP7586943.jpg Gulfstream IV(SP) 1 registration TR-KSP
Gulfstream III 1
Gulfstream II 1
Transport helicopter
Eurocopter SA 332F Super Puma 1[3]
Bell 412 Chilean Air Force (FACh).JPG Bell 412SP 1
Bell 212 1 of two delivered
Utility aircraft
Reims F404 Titan 1
Reims F152 1
Utility helicopter
Bell 205 A-1 (D-HAFW).jpg Bell 205 1
Aérospatiale AS-355 F2 Ecureuil 2 Héli Béarn SARL F-HJLD - MSN 5064 (5387445580).jpg AS355 Ecureuil 2 1
AS350B Ecureuil 2
Alouette III-Champs d'Aviation.jpg SA 316B Alouette III 3 of six delivered
Training aircraft
CM 170 Magister 4 built by Valmet
of eight delivered
T-34C Turbo Mentor.jpg T-34C Mentor 4
Air-to-air missile
Matra R-530D\F Super used by Mirage F.1AZ
Matra R.550 Magic 2 used by Mirage F.1AZ
Air-to-surface missile
Aérospatiale AS-30L used by Mirage F.1AZ

Historical Aircraft[edit]