World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Military of Gabon

Article Id: WHEBN0000012035
Reproduction Date:

Title: Military of Gabon  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: 1964 Gabon coup d'état, Index of Gabon-related articles, List of air forces, Economy of Gabon, Gabon
Collection: Government of Gabon, Military by Country, Military in Africa
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Military of Gabon

Military of Gabon
Coat of arms of Gabon
Founded 1960
Service branches Army, Navy, Air Force, Presidential (Republican) Guard (charged with protecting the president and other senior officials), National Gendarmerie, National Police
Military age 20 years of age
Budget 70.8 million (FY01)(CIA)
Percent of GDP 2% (FY01)(CIA)
Foreign suppliers  France
 United States
Related articles
History 1964 Gabon coup d'etat
2012–2013 Central African Republic conflict

The African country of 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 1
    • Major Units 1.1
    • Army Aircraft Inventory 1.2
  • Navy 2
    • Ships 2.1
      • Fast Attack Craft 2.1.1
      • Patrol Craft 2.1.2
      • Landing Craft 2.1.3
    • On Order 2.2
    • Weapons 2.3
  • Air Force 3
    • Aircraft Inventory 3.1
    • Missile Inventory 3.2
    • Aircraft sensors 3.3
    • Air Bases 3.4
    • Air Force Units 3.5
    • Historical Aircraft 3.6
  • References 4


Major Units

  • 1 Republican Guard Battalion group - Libreville 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.

Army Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Versions In service[1] Notes
Aérospatiale SA 342 Gazelle attack\ scout helicopter SA-342L (with MBDA HOT missiles) 5
Aérospatiale SA 330 Puma transport helicopter SA-330 3



Fast Attack Craft

Patrol Craft

Landing Craft

  • 1 BATRAL class landing ship
  • 1 Landing Craft - Mechanized

On Order

1 OPV 50 offshore patrol vessel[2] 1 P400-class patrol vessel[3]


Air Force

The Air Force operates 33 aircraft, including 4 combat jets and 5 helicopters. In addition to the Air Force, the Army operates its own fleet of 8 helicopters.

Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Versions In service[4] Notes
Aérospatiale SA 316 Alouette III utility helicopter SA 316B 3 6 delivered
ATR-42 passenger transport ATR 42 1
Eurocopter AS350 light helicopter AS350B 2x AS-350B Ecureuil
Eurocopter AS355 light helicopter AS355 1
Beechcraft T-34 Mentor trainer T-34C 4
Bell 205 utility helicopter Iroquois 1
Bell 412 transport helicopter 412SP 1
Bell 212 transport helicopter 1 2 delivered.
Douglas DC-8 VIP transport DC-8 1
CASA CN-235 tactical transport CN-235-200M 1
Reims F152 utility 1
Reims F337 light attack G Super Skymaster 4
Reims F404 utility aircraft Titan-1 1
Dassault Falcon 20 VIP jet transport 2 delivered.
Dassault Falcon 900 VIP transport 1 2 delivered.
Dassault Mirage F1 ground attack F1AZ 8 Ordered, 6 Received, 2 Outstanding [4] ex-SAAF
Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante transport & maritime patrol EMB-110P1
in total 1xEMB-111A+4xEMB-110P-1 were delivered.
Eurocopter SA 332 Super Puma transport helicopter SA-332F 1[4]
Fouga Magister trainer CM 170 4 built by Valmet. A total of 8x CM-170 were delivered.

Gulfstream II VIP- jet 1
Gulfstream III VIP-jet 1
Gulfstream IV VIP-jet SP 1
Lockheed C-130 Hercules tactical transport C-130H
A total of 4 C-130s were delivered (1xC-130H, 1xC-130-20, 2x C-130-30)

Missile Inventory

Aircraft sensors

Air Bases

Air Force Units

  • 1 Fighter Squadron 1-02 Leyou at BA02 Franceville with:
    • Mirage F-1AZ;
    • MB-326M Impala I
  • 1 Heavy Transport Squadron at BA01 Libreville with:
    • C-130 Hercules;
    • CN-235.
  • GLAM (Groupe de Liaison Aérien Ministériel) at BA01 Libreville with:
1 Falcon-900EX;
1 Gulfstream-III.

Historical Aircraft


  1. ^ "World Military Aircraft Inventory", Aerospace Source Book 2007, Aviation Week & Space Technology, January 15, 2007.
  2. ^
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b c Gabonese military aviation OrBat
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.