Armed Forces of Honduras
|Armed Forces of Honduras|
|Fuerzas Armadas de Honduras|
|Service branches|| Honduran Army |
|Commander-in-Chief||Juan Orlando Hernández|
|Chief of the Armed Forces||General Tito Livio Moreno|
|Military age||18 for voluntary 2–3-year service|
|1,868,940 males, age 16–49, |
1,825,770 (2008 est.) females, age 16–49
|1,397,938 males, age 16–49, |
1,402,398 (2009 est.) females, age 16–49
|92,638 males, |
88,993 (2009 est.) females
|Percent of GDP||1.1% as of 2012|
|Foreign suppliers|| United States|
|Ranks||Military ranks of Honduras|
During the twentieth century, Honduran military leaders frequently became presidents, either through elections or by coups d'état. General Tiburcio Carías Andino was elected in 1932, he later on called a constituent assembly that allowed him to be reelected, and his rule became more authoritarian until an election in 1948.
During the following decades, the military of Honduras carried out several coups d'état, starting in October 1955. General Oswaldo López Arellano carried out the next coup in October 1963 and a second in December 1972, followed by coups in 1975 by Juan Alberto Melgar Castro and in 1978 by Policarpo Paz García.
Events during the 1980s in El Salvador and Nicaragua led Honduras – with US assistance – to expand its armed forces considerably, laying particular emphasis on its air force, which came to include a squadron of US-provided F-5s.
The military unit Battalion 316 carried out political assassinations and the torture of suspected political opponents of the government during this same period. Battalion members received training and support from the United States Central Intelligence Agency, in Honduras, at U.S. military bases and in Chile during the presidency of the dictator Augusto Pinochet. Amnesty International estimated that at least 184 people "disappeared" from 1980 to 1992 in Honduras, most likely due to actions of the Honduran military.
The resolution of the civil wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua, and across-the-board budget cuts made in all ministries, has brought reduced funding for the Honduran armed forces. The abolition of the draft has created staffing gaps in the now all-volunteer armed forces. The military is now far below its authorized strength, and further reductions are expected. In January 1999, the Constitution was amended to abolish the position of military commander-in-chief of the armed forces, thus codifying civilian authority over the military.
Since 2002, soldiers have been involved in crime prevention and law enforcement, patrolling the streets of the major cities alongside the national police.
On 28 June 2009, in the context of a constitutional crisis, the military, acting on orders of the Supreme Court of Justice, arrested the president, Manuel Zelaya after which they forcibly removed elected President Zelaya from Honduras. See the article 2009 Honduran constitutional crisis regarding claims regarding legitimacy and illegitimacy of the event, and events preceding and following the removal of Zelaya from Honduras.
The military's chief lawyer, Colonel Herberth Bayardo Inestroza Membreño, made public statements regarding the removal of Zelaya. On June 30, he showed a detention order, apparently signed June 26 by a Supreme Court judge, which ordered the armed forces to detain the president. Colonel Inestroza later stated that deporting Zelaya did not comply with the court order: "In the moment that we took him out of the country, in the way that he was taken out, there is a crime. Because of the circumstances of the moment this crime occurred, there is going to be a justification and cause for acquittal that will protect us." He said the decision was taken by the military leadership "in order to avoid bloodshed".
Human rights violations during 2009
Following the 2009 ouster of the president, the Honduran military together with other government security forces were allegedly responsible for thousands of allegedly arbitrary detentions and for several forced disappearances and extrajudicial executions of opponents to the de facto government, including members of the Democratic Unification Party. However, evidence about these actions has yet to be provided and there has been some questioning in local media about the actual perpetrators, suggesting that they could actually be related to disputes within the leftists organizations themselves.
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- 101 Brigada in Choluteca
- 105 Brigada in San Pedro Sula
- 110 Brigada in Danli
- 115 Brigada in Juticalpa
- 120 Brigada in Santa Rosa de Copan
The FAH operates from four air bases located at:
- Hernan Acosta Mejia Air Base at Tegucigalpa
- Soto Cano Air Base at Comayagua,
- Armando Escalon Espinal Air Base at San Pedro Sula
- Hector Caraccioli Moncada at La Ceiba.
With the exception of Soto Cano Air Base, all other air bases operate as dual civil and military aviation facilities.
Additionally, three air stations are located at:
- Alto Aguán (bomb range)
- Puerto Lempira airstrips serve as forward operations locations-FOL.
Also a radar station operates at:
- La Mole peak.
The navy is a small force dealing with coastal and riverine security.
The navy has 71 patrol boats, interceptors and landing craft units.
|ISRAEL SHIPYARDS Ocean Patrol Vessel Sa'ar 62
62.0 meters / 204 feet
|Israel||Ocean patrol vessel||OPV-62M||1||FNH-2021 General Trinidad Cabañas |
Delivered by Israel Shipyard and arrived in country December 2019
|Damen Stan Patrol Boat
42.8 meters / 140 feet
|Netherlands||Coastal patrol vessel||4207||2||FNH-1401 Lempira |
|LANTANA BOATYARD Guardian Patrol Boats
32.3 meters / 107 feet
|United States||Coastal patrol craft||3||FNH-1071 Tegucigalpa |
FNH-1073 Unknown name
|SWIFTSHIPS Patrol Boats
32.0 meters / 105 feet
|United States||Coastal patrol craft||3||FNH-1051 Guaymuras |
|IAI Dabur Type Patrol Boat
26.0 meters / 85 feet
|Coastal patrol craft||1||FNH-8501 Chamelecón|
|SWIFTSHIPS Patrol Boats
20.0 meters / 65 feet
|United States||Coastal patrol craft||5||FNH 6501 Nacaome |
FNH 6502 Goascorán
FNH 6503 Patuca
FNH 6504 Ulúa
FNH 6505 Choluteca
|BOSTON WHALER Interceptors BW370
11.4 meters / 38 feet
|United States||Interceptor boat||Guardian class||10||N/A|
|DAMEN Interceptors 1102 UHS
11.0 meters / 36 feet
|Netherlands||Interceptor boat||1102 UHS||6||FNH-3601 to FNH-3606|
|SAFE BOATS 35MMI Multi Misión Interceptor
10.7 meters / 35 feet
|Interceptor boat||35 MMI||2||FNH-3501 |
|EDUARDOÑO Patrullero 320
10.0 meters / 32 feet
|Colombia||Interceptor boat||25||FNH-3201 to FNH-3225|
|NAPCO Piraña Patrol Boats
4.0 meters / 13 feet
|United States||Riverine ops boat||Piraña class||8|
|LANTANA BOATYARD Landing Craft Unit
45.5 meters / 149 feet
|United States||Coastal transport||1||FNH-1491 Punta Caxinas|
|COTECMAR BAL-C Short Range Logistic Support Ship
49.0 meters / 161 feet
|Colombia||Short Range Logistic Support Ship||BAL-C||1||FNH-1611 Gracias a Dios|
|SWIFTSHIPS LCM-8 Landing Craft Unit
22.9 meters / 75 feet
|United States||Landing craft||3||FNH-7301 Warunta |
FNH-7302 Rio Coco
FNH-7303 Unknown name
The Honduran navy has 4 naval bases:
- Base Naval Puerto Cortés – main repair and logistics base on the Caribbean Sea
- Base Naval Puerto Castilla – main operating base of patrol boats on the Caribbean Sea
- Base Naval Amapala – main operating base of coastal patrol craft on the north end of the island and only base on the Pacific Ocean side of Honduras
- Base Naval Caratasca – new base to deal with drug trafficking
Additionally, the Honduran navy has the following unit and schools:
- 1st. Marine Infantry Battalion – only marine unit located at La Ceiba
- Honduras Naval Academy – Trains officers for the Honduras Navy at La Ceiba
- Naval Training Center – NCO and Sailor training facility
Military-civilian relations and leadership
According to a statement in July 2009 by a legal counsel of the Honduras military, Colonel Herberth Bayardo Inestroza, part of the elite Honduran military generals were opposed to President Manuel Zelaya, whom the military had removed from Honduras via a military Coup d'état, because of his left-wing politics. Inestroza stated, "It would be difficult for us [the military], with our training, to have a relationship with a leftist government. That's impossible."
The current head of the armed forces is Carlos Antonio Cuéllar, graduate of the General Francisco Morazan Military Academy and the School of the Americas. In January 2011, the General Rene Arnoldo Osorio Canales former head of the Presidential Honor Guard, was appointed Commander.
Sub machine guns
- 120x Carl Gustav recoilless rifle
- 80x M40 recoilless rifle
- M72 LAW
- Heckler & Koch HK69A1 (used by Honduran Army Special Forces)
- Mk 19 grenade launcher (used by Honduran Army since 2013, donated by the United States for anti-narcotics operations)
Vehicles and artillery
|Scorpion||United Kingdom||Light tank||19||FV-101\76 76mm main gun.|
|Scimitar||United Kingdom||Armoured recce tank||3||FV-107 30mm main gun.|
|Sultan||United Kingdom||Command vehicle||1||FV-105|
|Humvee||United States||APC 4x4||30||M40 106mm RCL.|
|RBY MK 1||Israel||Reconnaissance vehicle||16||M40 106mm RCLs.|
|Saladin||United Kingdom||Armoured car||72||FV-601. 6x6 76mm main gun.|
|M151||United States||Light utility vehicle||Unknown|
|Jeep J8||United States||Light utility vehicle||Unknown|
|M35||United States||6x6 cargo truck||Unknown|
|Ford F-Series Truck||United States||F-250 4x4 truck||Unknown|
|Ashok Leyland Stallion||India||4x4 truck||110||Ordered in January 2009. Part of an order for 139 miscellaneous utility and transport vehicles.|
|Ashok Leyland Topchi||India||4x4 truck||28||Ordered in January 2009. Part of an order for 139 miscellaneous utility and transport vehicles.|
|L-series||Germany||4x4 truck||Various||Some to be replaced for Ashok Leyland Stallion.|
|Mercedes Benz Unimog||Germany||4x4 truck||Various||To be replaced for Ashok Leyland Stallion.|
|M102||United States||Towed 105mm howitzer||24|
|M101||United States||Towed 105mm howitzer||20|
|M198||United States||Towed 155mm howitzer||12|
|M55A2||United States||20mm anti-aircraft gun||80||34 in service.|
|M167 VADS||United States||20mm anti-aircraft gun||30|
|TCM-20||Israel||20mm anti-aircraft gun||24|
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