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Benin Armed Forces

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Minister of Defence
Yarou Robert Theophile

Percent of GDP
1% (2011)

Service branch
National Gendarmerie

Active personnel

Commander in chief
Patrice Talon

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Service branches
Army (l'Armée de Terre) Benin Navy (Forces Navales Beninois, FNB) Benin People's Air Force (Force Aerienne Populaire de Benin, FAPB) National Gendarmerie

Foreign suppliers
France  Soviet Union  United States

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The Benin Armed Forces (FAB - Forces armées béninoises) constitutes the army, navy, air force, and national gendarmerie of Benin. For a number of years, the Belgian Armed Forces have had an active programme of co-operation with Benin, offering training and coaching, donating redundant military equipment and using the country for limited military exercises.



As of 2012, the Army has a strength of 4300. It includes 1 armoured squadron, 3 infantry battalions, 1 commando/airborne battalion, 1 artillery battery, and 1 engineer battalion.

Small Arms

  • Pistols
  • TT pistol
  • Sub-machine guns
  • MAT-49
  • Rifles
  • AKM
  • AK-47
  • Type 56 assault rifle
  • MAS-49
  • SKS
  • MAS-36
  • Machine guns
  • AA-52
  • RP-46
  • RPD
  • DShK
  • M2 HB Browning
  • Anti-tank
  • RPG-7
  • Air Force

    After achieving independence from France in 1960 the Benin Air Force was transport equipped with seven French-supplied Douglas C-47s, four MH.1521 Broussards and two Agusta-Bell 47Gs. Two F-27s were entered service in 1978 for transport duties before being transferred to Air Benin. Also during the same era two AN-26s were acquired. In late 1985 two Dornier Do-28s entered service to replace the C-47s. A single DHC-6 Twin Otter was acquired in 1989.

    As at 2012 the navy has a strength of approximately 200 personnel. It operates two ex-Chinese patrol boats, which are designated the Matelot Brice Kpomasse class.


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