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  Bahrain   Royal Bahraini Air Force (RBAF) • سلاح الجو الملكي البحريني
Kingdom of Bahrain (Mamlakat al Bahrayn)

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Bahrain Defense Forces (BDF): Ground Force, Royal Bahraini Navy (RBN), Royal Bahraini Air Force (RBAF), Royal Bahraini Air Defense Force (RBADF)
Active 8,200 Personnel. (Army 6,000 Navy 700 Air 1,500); Paramilitary 11,260

ROYAL BAHRAINI AIR FORCE (RBAF)  • سلاح الجو الملكي البحريني
Air Force
1,500 personnel.

Forces by Role & Equipment by Type


AIRCRAFT
33 combat capable. Total 46 Aircraft.

Fighter Ground Attack
2 sqn with 21 FGA ac:
17 Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon Block 40;
4 Lockheed Martin F-16D Fighting Falcon Block 40;

Air Defence (Interceptor)
1 sqn with 12 Ftr ac:
8 Northrop F-5E Tiger II;
4 Northrop F-5F Tiger II;

Transport
some sqn with 4 Tpt ac :
1 Boeing 727;
1 British Aerospace BAe-146-RJ85;
1 Grumman Gulfstream III (VIP);
1 Grumman Gulfstream II;

Training
2 sqn with 9 Trg ac:
Advanced Trainer & Light attack
1 sqn with 6 Adv Trg / Lt Atk ac:
6 BAe Systems Hawk Mk-129;
Basic Flying Training
1 sqn with 5 BscTrg ac:
3 Slingsby T67M-260 Firefly;


HELICOPTER
22 Attack capable. Total 49 Helicopters.

Anti-Armour Attack
2 sqns with 22 Atk hel:
10 Bell Textron Helicopter Bell AH-1E Cobra;
6 Bell Textron Helicopter Bell AH-1F Cobra;
6 Bell Textron Helicopter Bell TAH-1P Cobra (Rotary Flying Training);

Support & VIP
1 unit with 12 Spt/ VIP hel:
9 Sikorsky S-70C / UH-60M Black Hawk;
2 Sikorsky S-70C / UH-60L Black Hawk;
1 Sikorsky S-70A / UH-60A Black Hawk;

Utility
2 sqn with 15 utl hel:
12 Agusta Bell AB-212 (Bell 212 Twin Huey);
3 MBB Bo-105C;


MISSILES

  ASM AGM-65D/G Maverick
  ARM AS-12 Kegler
  AAM AIM-120B AMRAAM, AIM-7F Sparrow, AIM-9P Sidewinder
  ATGW some BGM-71 TOW

LANTIRN

  3 Lockheed Martin AN/AAQ-14 Sharpshooter targeting pod


FACILITIES

  RBAF Staff and Main Headquarters: Based at Manama Fort, near the capital.
  Royal Bahraini Air Force, Air Operations Centre, P.O. Box 245, Bahrain.
  1st Tactical Fighter Wing : Shaikh Isa AB : Bahrain Intl. Airport (Manama)

Royal Bahraini Air Force Airfields and Airbases Organisation:

Shaikh Isa Air Base: Bahrain Intl. Airport (Manama)

1 FW (1st Tactical Fighter Wing)

1st TFS - Multirole: F-16C-40/D-40
2nd TFS - Multirole/OCU: F-16C-40
6th TFS - Multirole/OCU: F-5E/F
The Training Wing

4th Squadron: T67M-260    
5th Squadron: Hawk Mk.129

Rifa'a Air Base
The Helicopter Wing

3rd Helicopter Squadron: AB212    
8th Helicopter Squadron: AH-1E/P/TAH-1P   
9th Helicopter Squadron: AH-1E/P/TAH-1P  
10th Helicopter Squadron: Bo-105C    
12th Helicopter Squadron: UH-60L/M/A

Note: Bahrain  has 4 airports with paved runways (over 3,047 m: 3 2,438 to 3,047 m: 1) and one heliport.



Royal Bahraini Air Force Current Service Aircraft:

Aircraft Type Total
Del'd
Total
Now
Role Service
Entry
Origin
Lockheed Martin F-16C Block 40 18 17 Interception 1990 USA
Lockheed Martin F-16D Block 40 4 3 Training 1990 USA
Northrop F-5E Tiger II 8 8 Interception 1985 USA
Northrop F-5F Tiger II 4 4 Advanced Training 1985 USA
BAe Systems Hawk Mk.129 6 6 Advanced Training 2006 UK
Slingsby T.67M-260 Firefly 3 3 Basic Training 2003 UK
Bell AH-1E Cobra 12 10 Anti-Tank Attack 1994 USA
Bell AH-1P Cobra 6 6 Anti-Tank Attack 1994 USA
Bell TAH-1P Cobra 6 6 Atk Training 1994 USA
Sikorsky S-70C / UH-60M Black Hawk 9 9 Medium-lift Transport 2007 USA
Sikorsky S-70C / UH-60L Black Hawk 2 2 Medium-lift Transport 1995 USA
Sikorsky S-70A / UH-60A Black Hawk 1 1 VIP Transport 1990 USA
MBB Bo 105C 3 2 Utility 1976 Germany
Bell Textron Helicopter Bell 412 2 2 Transport 2007 USA
Agusta-Bell AB 212 (Bell 212) Twin Huey 12 12 Utility 1980 Italy
Bell Textron Helicopter Bell 427 1 1 Transport 1980 USA


1st Interceptor Fighter Squadron (Secondary roles Attack/Training):
9 F-16C Fighting Falcon Block 40 (Serials : 101, 104, 105, 107)
2 F-16D Fighting Falcon Block 40 (Serials : 154, 156 )
2nd  Interceptor Fighter Squadron: (Secondary roles Attack/Training)
8 F-16C Fighting Falcon Block 40
(Serials: 111, 115)
2 F-16D Fighting Falcon Block 40

Program (1990): 8 F-16C, 4 F-16D
90-0028/0029     General Dynamics 2 F-16C Block 40D Fighting Falcon
                                 c/n AC-1/2 to Bahrain as 101,103,

90-0030/0035     General Dynamics 6 F-16C Block 40E Fighting Falcon
                                 c/n AC-3/8. to Bahrain as 105,107,109,111,113,115,

90-0036/0039     General Dynamics 4 F-16D Block 40D Fighting Falcon
                                 c/n AD-1/4. to Bahrain as 150,152,154,156,

Peace Crown II Program (2000): 10 F-16C
98-2012/2021      Lockheed Martin 10 F-16C Block 40E Fighting Falcon
                                 c/n AC-9/AC-18.  Became s/n 201/210

?? Program: 8 F-16C, 4 F-16D (
On order: 12 Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Fighting Falcon)
91-0025/0032     
Lockheed Martin 8 F-16C Block 40CF Fighting Falcon
91-0033/0036     
Lockheed Martin 4 F-16D Block 40CF Fighting Falcon

Type

Serial

c/no.

Prev. Identity

Delivered

Fate/Notes

F-16C Block 40D 101 AC1 90-0028 1990  
F-16C Block 40D 102 AC2 90-0029 1990  
F-16C Block 40E 105 AC3 90-0030 1990  
F-16C Block 40E 107 AC4 90-0031 1990  
F-16C Block 40E 109 AC5 90-0032 1990  
F-16C Block 40E 111 AC6 90-0033 1990  
F-16C Block 40E 113 AC7 90-0034 1990  
F-16C Block 40E 115 AC8 90-0035 1990  
F-16D Block 40D 150 AD1 90-0036 1990  
F-16D Block 40D 152 AD2 90-0037 1990  
F-16D Block 40D 154 AD3 90-0038 Apr 1990  
F-16D Block 40D 156 AD4 90-0039 1990  
F-16C Block 40E 201 AC9 98-2021 Oct 2000  
F-16C Block 40E 202 AC10 98-2022 Oct 2000  
F-16C Block 40E 203 AC11 98-2023 Oct 2000  
F-16C Block 40E 204 AC12 98-2024 Oct 2000 27 Sept. 2003 (w/o)
F-16C Block 40E 205 AC13 98-2025 Oct 2000  
F-16C Block 40E  206 AC14 98-2026 2000  
F-16C Block 40E  207 AC15 98-2027 2000  
F-16C Block 40E  208 AC16 98-2028 2001  
F-16C Block 40E  209 AC17 98-2029 2001  
F-16C Block 40E  210 AC18 98-2030 2001  

6th Fighter Ground Attack Squadron
(Secondary role Fighter Training):
8 F-5E Tiger II
(Serials : 681, 684, 686, 688)
4 F-5F Tiger II
(Serials : 641, 642, 643, 644) 85-0043/0044          

Northrop F-5E Tiger II to Bahrain as 688 and 684
85-0053/0056           Northrop F-5F Tiger II to Bahrain as 641/644
85-0057/0058           Northrop F-5E Tiger II to Bahrain as 645,683

Type Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
F-5E Tiger II 681 HY1001 85-1592 1985  
F-5E Tiger II 682 HY1002 85-1593 1985  
F-5E Tiger II 683 HY1003 85-0058 1985  
F-5E Tiger II 684 HY1004 85-0044 Sept 1986  
F-5E Tiger II 685 HY1005 85-0057 Dec 1986  
F-5E Tiger II 686 HY1006 85-1594 1985  
F-5E Tiger II 687 HY1007 85-1595 1985  
F-5E Tiger II 688 HY1008 85-0043 1985  
F-5F Tiger II 641 HZ1001 85-0053 Dec 1985  
F-5F Tiger II 642 HZ1002 85-0054 1985  
F-5F Tiger II 643 HZ1003 85-0055 Sept 1986  
F-5F Tiger II 644 HZ1004 85-0056 1985  

4th Elementary & Basic Flying Training Squadron:
3 T.67M-260 Firefly (Serials: 401, 403)

Serial Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
T.67M-260 401 2282 G-7-194 Jan 2003  
T.67M-260 402 2283 G-7-195 Jan 2003  
T.67M-260 403 2284 G-7-196 Jan 2003  

10th Utility / Helicopter Transport Squadron:

3 Bo 105C (Serials: 761, 762,763)

Type Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Notes
Bo-105C 761 S.252 D-HDHL 1976 Initially serialled BDF-761
Bo-105C 762 S.253 D-HDHM 1976 Initially serialled BDF-762
Bo-105C 763 S.323 D-HLBJ 1977 Initially serialled BDF-773

3rd Helicopter Transport Squadron (Secondary role Policing):
12 AB-212  (Serials : 901, 904)

Type Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
AB-212  BDF-542     ?  
AB-212  901     1980  
AB-212  902     1980  
AB-212  903     1980  
AB-212  904     1980  

8th Anti-armour Squadron (Secondary role Close Air Support):
24 AH-1E were reportedly delivered in 1995. (Serials: 825, 849)

Type Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered   Squadron Notes
Bell AH-1E 825     1995   8th Helicopter ex-US Army
Bell AH-1E 843     1995   8th Helicopter   ex-US Army
Bell AH-1E 845     1995   8th Helicopter ex-US Army
Bell AH-1E 883     1995   8th Helicopter ex-US Army
Bell AH-1E 885     1995   8th Helicopter ex-US Army
Bell AH-1E 889     1995   8th Helicopter ex-US Army

The supply of 6 TAH-1P was approved by the US Congress in February 1994. (Serials : 891, 896)

Type Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered   Squadron Notes
Bell TAH-1P 891     1994   8th Helicopter ex-US Army
Bell TAH-1P 892     1994   8th Helicopter   ex-US Army
Bell TAH-1P 893     1994   8th Helicopter ex-US Army
Bell TAH-1P 894     1994   8th Helicopter ex-US Army
Bell TAH-1P 895     1994   8th Helicopter ex-US Army
Bell TAH-1P 896     1994   8th Helicopter ex-US Arm

9th Anti-armour Squadron (Secondary role Close Air Support):
17 ex-US Army AH-1F were reportedly approved in 2001 for delivery in 2003). 9 AH-1F were delivered in April 2005. (Serials: 996, 999)

Type Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered   Squadron Notes
Bell AH-1F 904     April 2005   9th Helicopter ex-US Army
Bell AH-1F 996     April 2005   9th Helicopter   ex-US Army
Bell AH-1F 997     April 2005   9th Helicopter ex-US Army
Bell AH-1F 998     April 2005   9th Helicopter ex-US Army
Bell AH-1F 999     April 2005   9th Helicopter ex-US Army


10th Helicopter VIP Transport Squadron:
2 Sikorksky UH-60L Blackhawk (Serial: 900)
9 Sikorksky UH-60A90 Blackhawk (26240/26308)

Type Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Notes
UH-60L 900   BAF-900 1995   10th Helicopter Squadron
UH-60A90 997   BAF-997 1996   10th Helicopter Squadron

 
Boeing-747SP-21 (RBAF)
RBAF F-16C Block 40 Fighting Falcon
RBAF AH-1E Cobra
RBAF F-5E Tiger II
RBAF Bo-105
RBAF BAE 146 / RJ-85
Bahrain AF
Scheme
RBAF BAE Hawk MK.129


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