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
Manpower
Military age 20 years of age
Expenditures
Budget 70.8 million (FY01)(CIA)
Percent of GDP 2% (FY01)(CIA)
Industry
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.

Army[edit]

Major Units[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.

Army Aircraft Inventory[edit]

Aircraft Type Versions In service[1] Notes
Aérospatiale SA 342 Gazelle attack\ scout helicopter SA-342L (with MBDA HOT missiles) 5
Aérospatiale SA 330 Puma transport helicopter SA-330 3

Navy[edit]

Ships[edit]

Fast Attack Craft[edit]

Patrol Craft[edit]

Landing Craft[edit]

  • 1 BATRAL class landing ship
  • 1 Landing Craft - Mechanized

On Order[edit]

1 OPV 50 offshore patrol vessel[2] 1 P400-class patrol vessel[3]

Weapons[edit]

Air Force[edit]

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.

Aircraft Inventory[edit]

Aircraft Type Versions In service[4] Notes
Aérospatiale SA 316 Alouette III utility helicopter SA 316B 3 6 delivered
ATR-42 passenger transport ATR 42 1
Eurocopter AS350 light helicopter AS350B 2x AS-350B Ecureuil
Eurocopter AS355 light helicopter AS355 1
Beechcraft T-34 Mentor trainer T-34C 4
Bell 205 utility helicopter Iroquois 1
Bell 412 transport helicopter 412SP 1
Bell 212 transport helicopter 1 2 delivered.
Douglas DC-8 VIP transport DC-8 1
CASA CN-235 tactical transport CN-235-200M 1
Reims F152 utility 1
Reims F337 light attack G Super Skymaster 4
Reims F404 utility aircraft Titan-1 1
Dassault Falcon 20 VIP jet transport 2 delivered.
Dassault Falcon 900 VIP transport 1 2 delivered.
Dassault Mirage F1 ground attack F1AZ 8 Ordered, 6 Received, 2 Outstanding [4] ex-SAAF
Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante transport & maritime patrol EMB-110P1
EMB-111A
3
1
in total 1xEMB-111A+4xEMB-110P-1 were delivered.
Eurocopter SA 332 Super Puma transport helicopter SA-332F 1[4]
Fouga Magister trainer CM 170 4 built by Valmet. A total of 8x CM-170 were delivered.

Gulfstream II VIP- jet 1
Gulfstream III VIP-jet 1
Gulfstream IV VIP-jet SP 1
Lockheed C-130 Hercules tactical transport C-130H
L-100-20
L-100-30
1
1
1
A total of 4 C-130s were delivered (1xC-130H, 1xC-130-20, 2x C-130-30)

Missile Inventory[edit]

Aircraft sensors[edit]

Air Bases[edit]

Air Force Units[edit]

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

Historical Aircraft[edit]

References[edit]