Military of Bhutan

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The branches of the armed forces of Bhutan are the Royal Bhutan Army (RBA), Royal Bodyguards, Militia, and Royal Bhutan Police. Being a landlocked country, Bhutan does not have a navy. Additionally, Bhutan does not have an air force. India is responsible for military training, arms supplies and the air defense of Bhutan.

Air support[edit]

The RBA relies on the Eastern Air Command of the Indian Air Force for air assistance. In recent years India has helped Bhutan start to develop its military in all areas through military donations and training. Total 8,000 Army personnel.[1] Indian Air Force helicopters evacuated RBA casualties to India for treatment during Operation All Clear in 2003.[2]


  1. ^ Dorji, Kinley. "Eastern air command chief visits Bhutan". Kuensel. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  2. ^ "A nation pays tribute". Kuensel. 15 August 2004. Retrieved 2008-10-22.