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 Land Forces[1]
Air Force
Navy
Manpower
Military age 20 years of age[1]
Expenditures
Budget 70.8 million (FY01)[1]
Percent of GDP 1.34% (FY12)
Industry
Foreign suppliers  France
 United States
Related articles
History 1964 Gabon coup d'etat
2012–2013 Central African Republic conflict

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]

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.

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

Facilities[edit]

Current inventory[edit]

A Gabonses ATR-42 on approach
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Combat Aircraft
Mirage 5  France ground attack Mirage 5G 3[2]
Mirage F1  France fighter 6[2]
Transport
ATR 42  France VIP 1[3]
CN-235  Spain  Indonesia transport 1[4]
Helicopters
AS332  France transport 2[2]
SA330  France transpot / utility 5[2]
EC135  France utility 2[2]
AS350  France liaison 1[2]
EC120  France light utility 1[2]
Alouette III  France light utility 2[2]
SA342 Gazelle  France scout / attack 3[2]
Trainer Aircraft
T-34 Mentor  United States trainer 4[2]
Mirage 5  France conversion trainer Mirage 5DG 2[2]

Retired aircraft[edit]

Previous aircraft operated by the Air Force consisted of the CM.170 Magister, C-130H Hercules, Embraer EMB 110, Fokker F28, Aérospatiale N 262, Reims C.337, and the Alouette II helicopter.[5][6]

Navy[edit]

Equipment[edit]

The Gabonese Navy uses a P400-class patrol vessel similar to this one
Vessel Origin Type In service Notes
Kership  France offshore patrol 1 on order[7]
P400  France coastal patrol 3[8]
BATRAL  France landing craft 1[8] 2 ordered only one received

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "CIA World Fact 2015". cia.gov. 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "World Air Forces 2015 pg. 16". Flightglobal Insight. 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "ATR42 Gabon TR-KJD". airport-data.com flightglobal.com. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  4. ^ World Air Forces 2014 "WAF 2014" (PDF). Flightglobal Insight. 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "World Air Forces 1987 pg. 56". flightglobal.com. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "World Military Helicopter Markey 1971 pg. 577". flightglobal.com. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  7. ^ http://www.naval-technology.com/news/newskership-to-deliver-two-offshore-patrol-vessels-to-gabonese-navy-4427093
  8. ^ a b Trade Registers. Armstrade.sipri.org. Retrieved on 29 May 2015