Military of Togo

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Military of Togo
Coat of arms of Togo.svg
Togolese Coat of Arms
Service branches Togolese Army
Togolese Air Force
Togolese Navy
National Gendarmerie
Chief of staff Brigadier General Titikpina Atcha Mohamed
Military age 18[1]
Available for
military service
1,577,572[1], age 16 - 49
Fit for
military service
1,104,536[1], age 16 - 49
Reaching military
age annually
Percent of GDP 1.6%[1]
Foreign suppliers France
United States

The Military of Togo, in French FAT (Forces armées togolaises, "Togolese armed forces"), consists of the army, navy, air force, and gendarmerie. Total military expenditures during the fiscal year of 2005 totaled 1.6% of the country's GDP.[2] Military bases exist in Lomé, Temedja, Kara, Niamtougou, and Dapaong.[3] The current Chief of the General Staff is Brigadier General Titikpina Atcha Mohamed, who took office on May 19, 2009.[4]


The current chief of staff of the army is Colonel Blakimwé Wiyao Balli.[5]



Air Force[edit]

Air Force roundel

The Togolese Air Force (French: Armée de l'Air Togolaise) was established in 1964, and a French influence remains on the choice of aircraft used. Since 2005, the air force's chief of staff is Colonel Bouraïma Bonfoh.[8]

The C-47 Skytrain was the first aircraft used; it was part of the force from 1960 to 1976. Replacing the C-47s were two DHC-5D Buffalo STOL transports in 1976. Also in the same year Togo acquired five ex-German Air Force Fouga Magister armed jet trainers and seven EMB.326GBs from Brazil to form the Escadrille de Chasse. Togo's armed jet trainer fleet was upgraded in 1981 by the deliveries of five Alpha jets and by three piston engine Aerospatiale TB-30 Epsilons in 1986. The Fouga Magisters were returned to France in 1985. During its existence the official name changed from Section Air der Forces armées Togolais in 1964 to Escadrille Nationale Togolaise in 1973, to Groupement Aerienne Togolaise (GAT) in 1980, and finally to Armée de l'Air Togolaise in 1997.[9]

At present its operations are concentrated to the Base Transport de Lomé (Lomé Transport Base) at Lomé Tokoin Airport, where the transport aircraft are based, and the Base Chasse Niamtougou (Niamtougou Fighter Base) at Niamtougou International Airport, where the combat units are located.[10][11]

Aircraft Inventory[edit]

As of August 2012 the Armée de l'Air Togolaise has 18 aircraft in service, including 11 trainer/light attack jets and 4 helicopters.[12]

Aircraft Country of origin Type Versions In service Notes
CASA CN235M-10  Spain Transport 1
Beechcraft 200 King Air  United States Liaison/Transport 1
Douglas DC-8-62  United States Cargo Transport 1 [13]
Aermacchi EMB-326  Italy Trainer/Light Attack 4
Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet E  France /  Germany Trainer/Light Attack 4
Aérospatiale Epsilon  France Trainer/Counter Insurgency 3
Aérospatiale SA 316 Alouette III  France Transport 1 [7]
Aérospatiale SA 315B Lama  France Transport / Reconnaissance 2
Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin 2  France Transport 1


The Togolese navy (French: Marine Togolaise) was created on May 1, 1976 to guard the roughly 55 kilometers of Togolese coast and the seaport of Lomé. It currently has 2 wooden-hulled patrol boats, the Kara (P 761),and the Mono (P 762), which have both been in service since 1976.[14][15] On 7 July 2014, the Togolese navy got a RPB 33 patrol boat that was named Agou (P 763).[16] Currently, the navy's chief of staff is ship captain Atiogbé Ametsipe.[17]

Manufacturer Country of origin Class/Type Name Role Note
Ships of the Marine Togolaise
Chantiers Naval de l´ Esterel  France Wooden-hulled patrol boat P761 Kara
P762 Mono
Off-shore patrol boat Commissioned 1976, to be decommissioned.
Raidco Marine  France RPB 33S P763 Agou Off-shore patrol boat P763 commissioned in 2014. A second ship is to be commissioned soon.
SAFE Boats International  United States Defender-class 3 units Inshore patrol boat Commissioned in 2010/2014.[16]


  • Aircraft information files Brightstar publishing File 338 sheet 4
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