United Arab Emirates Army

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United Arab Emirates Army
Founded 1971
Country  United Arab Emirates
Branch Army
Role Ground warfare
Part of Union Defence Force
Garrison/HQ Abu Dhabi
Colors Black and Desert Sand Camo
UAE soldiers.

As part of the military of the United Arab Emirates, the United Arab Emirates Army is responsible for land operations.

UDF Deployments[edit]

The Union Defence Force were used on two occasions in Sharjah. They exist to further the foreign and domestic policies of their governing body and to defend that body and the nation it represents from external and internal aggression, the terms "armed forces" and "military" are often treated synonymously, although in technical usage a distinction is sometimes made in which a country's armed forces may include both its military and other paramilitary forces. Armed force is the use of armed forces to achieve political objectives.

Sharjah-Fujairah border war[edit]

In February 1973 following a brief border war between armed Bedouin tribesmen from both Sharjah Emirate and Fujairah Emirate over a disputed area of land which covered a quarter of an acre and included water wells and date palm trees. 22 people were killed and another 12 were wounded before UDF troops were able to impose a ceasefire.

First Gulf War[edit]

During the Gulf War, UAE troops, reportedly numbering several thousand, participated in the conflict as part of the GCC Peninsula Shield force that advanced into the city of Kuwait. United States aircraft bombed Iraqi positions from the UAE, and United States ships operated out of UAE ports along the coast of the Persian Gulf. The UAE Air Force also carried out strikes against Iraqi forces. A total of six UAE combat deaths were reported as a result of the fighting.

Yemeni Civil War (2015)[edit]

During the 2015 Yemeni Civil War the United Arab Emirates Army intervened in support of fighters loyal to the ousted regime of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi against Houthi militants. UAE troops assisted anti-Houthi fighters in the re-taking of the strategic southern Yemeni port city of Aden and also Al Anad Air Base, the largest airbase in Yemen.

On 4 September 2015 the army suffered its heaviest loss in modern history, losing 52 soldiers in war in Yemen to a tactical ballistic missile strike.[1] The UAE has since deployed an entire armoured brigade to Yemen.[2]

In June 2016 part of the UAE troops leaved of Yemen bringing an end to its ground involvement in the country.[3] Until May 2017 the UAE forces have suffered 89 killed.[4][5][6]

Army equipment[edit]

Leclerc used by the Army Forces of United Arab Emirates.


  • France Leclerc – 388 (delivered between 1995–2001)


Tracked APCs

  • 135 to be upgraded to BMP-3M[7]

Wheeled APCs


Anti-Aircraft Artillery

Personal Weapons

Former Army Equipment[edit]

  • France AMX-30S – 45 (ordered 1977, no longer in service)
  • Italy OF-40 Mk.2 – 36 (no longer in service)


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