Royal Bahraini Army

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Royal Bahraini Army is the ground force component of the Bahraini Defence Force. The army's current strength is 6,000 personnel and headed by Lieutenant General Khalifa bin Abdullah Al-Khalifa.


The army consists of 3 brigades and 2 battalions:

  • 1 Armoured Brigade
    • 2 armoured battalions
    • 1 recon battalion
  • 1 Mechanized Infantry Brigade
    • 2 mechanized infantry
    • 1 infantry battalion
  • 1 Artillery Brigade
    • 6 artillery batteries
  • 1 air defence battalion
  • 1 special forces battalion


RBA has a mix of equipment purchases in the 1970s and early 1990s. They are currently modernizing some of the army's equipment. Most purchases in the past have been second hand from the United States or Britain.

Heavy Armour[edit]

Quantity Type/Class Origin Details
25 YPR-765 Infantry Fighting Vehicles Netherlands Dutch variant of US AIFV
180 M60 A3 Patton Main battle tanks USA
110 M113 Armoured Personnel Carriers USA
110 Panhard M3 Armoured Personnel Carriers France
22 AML-90 Recon Vehicles France
10 AT105 Saxon UK purchased in the 1980s


Quantity Type/Class Origin Details
13 203mm M110 Self-propelled howitzer USA
18 155mm M-198 A1 howitzers USA
8 105mm L-118 Light Gun UK
9 M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System USA
15 BGM-71C TOW Anti-Tank Missile System USA
18 FIM-92A Stinger Weapons System USA
15 Oerlikon 35 mm twin cannon Switzerland GDF-005 units
12 Bofors 40 mm L70 Air Defence Gun Sweden
60 RBS 70 SAM Sweden
7 Crotale SAM France
8 MIM-23 Hawk SAM USA


Quantity Type/Class Origin Details
 ? M16 rifle assault rifles USA
 ? M4 carbine assault rifle USA
 ? Barrett M82 anti material rifle USA
 ? Heckler & Koch MP5 Germany

Additional equipment on order by the army include:

Quantity Type/Class Origin Details
60 FGM-148 Javelin USA 180 missiles
6 Nimer-1 MRAP (armored vehicle) Oman
Kornet-EM Russia [1]

Retired equipment were made in the 1950s and 1960s:

Quantity Type/Class Origin Details
10 Ferret Armoured Fighting Vehicle UK
10 Alvis Saladin UK


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