The Land Component (Dutch: Landcomponent, French: Composante terre) is
the land-based branch of the Belgian Armed Forces. The current chief
of staff of the Land Component is
1 Organisation 1870s
1.1 Infantry 1.2 Cavalry 1.3 Artillery 1.4 Engineering 1.5 Train
2 World War I 3 World War II 4 Cold War 5 Structure 6 Equipment
6.1 Firearms 6.2 Vehicles 6.3 Former Equipment
7 Future 8 Notes 9 External links
A detachment of the
2nd/4th Regiment Mounted Rifles
The Regiment of
The former King and the armed forces
According to the Law of 16 August 1873, the army was to consist of: Infantry
14 regiments of line infantry (three active battalions, one inactive
and one company in each regiment depot)
3 regiments of Jäger (three active battalions, one inactive and one
company in each regiment depot)
1 regiment of grenadiers (three active battalions, one inactive and
one company in each regiment depot)
1 regiment of
Note: a battalion (864 men) consists of four companies of 216 men Cavalry
4 regiments of lancers (4 active squadrons and one reinforcement in
2 regiments of guides (4 active squadrons and one reinforcement in
2 regiments of
Note: a squadron had approximately 130 horses Artillery
4 regiments of artillery (10 batteries in each regiment) 3 regiments of fortress artillery or siege artillery (16 batteries, 1 battery and 1 spare battery depot in each regiment) 1 pontoon company 1 company of artificers 1 company of gunsmiths 1 company of artillery workers
Note: A battery has 6 guns Engineering
1 Engineer Regiment (3 active battalions and one depot battalion) 1 railway company 1 campaign Telegraph company 1 telegraph room company 1 pontoon room company 1 workers company
7 train companies
World War I
Further information: Belgian
1st Division (Lieutenant-General Baix) - around Ghent. 2nd Division (Lieutenant-General Dassin) - Antwerp. 3rd Division (Lieutenant-General Leman) - around Liège. 4th Division (Lieutenant-General Michel) - Namur and Charleroi. 5th Division (Lieutenant-General Ruwet) - around Mons. 6th Division (Lieutenant-General Albert Lantonnois van Rode) - Brussels. Cavalry Division (Lieutenant-General de Witte) - Brussels.
In addition, there were garrisons at Antwerp,
I Corps with the 1st, 4th, and 7th Infantry Divisions II Corps with the 6th, 11th, and 14th Infantry Divisions III Corps with the 1st Chasseurs Ardennais and the 2nd and 3rd Infantry Divisions IV Corps with the 9th, 15th, and 18th Infantry Divisions V Corps with three divisions VI Corps with three divisions
Structure of the Belgian Land Forces (click image to enlarge)
Main article: Structure of the Belgian Land Component See also: List of active units of the Belgian Army
The Land Component is organised using the concept of capacities,
whereby units are gathered together according to their function and
material. Within this framework, there are five capacities: command,
combat, support, services and training.
The command capacity groups the following levels of command:
COMOPSLAND (Operational Command of the Land Component), Medium Brigade
Belgian soldiers with
Weapon Caliber Origin Photo Notes
Browning GP 9×19mm Belgium
Standard issue firearm, being phased out in favour of the FN Five-seven.
Formerly issued to pilots and SFG members, now entering service as the standard issue sidearm.
Made under license by FN Herstal, used as a personal defence weapon
FN P90 5.7×28 mm Belgium
Personal defence weapon used by selected troops, including special forces.
Assault Rifles, Battle Rifles and Carbines
FN FNC 5.56×45mm Belgium
Service rifle, To be replaced with SCAR-L.
FN F2000 5.56×45mm Belgium
Used by special forces, and elsewhere in limited quantities to serve alongside the FN FNC.
FN SCAR-L STD 5.56×45mm Belgium
4500 SCAR-L ordered to replace the FNC as the new standard service rifle between 2015-2017.
FN SCAR-L CQC 5.56×45mm Belgium
Standard service rifle of the Belgian special forces group.
FN SCAR-H CQC 7.62×51mm Belgium
63 SCAR-H CQC ordered for special forces combat divers.
FN SCAR-H PR 7.62×51mm Belgium
287 SCAR-H PR rifles on order to replace the AW between 2015 - 2017
Accuracy International Arctic Warfare 7.62×51mm United Kingdom
Will be replaced by a combination of SCAR-H PR, AXMC and M107A1.
Accuracy International AX338 .338 LM United Kingdom
Barrett M107A1 12.7×99mm United States
59 delivered by the end of 2014
Standard issue LMG. Currently being updated to 'Mk3 Tactical SB' standards. Featuring a shorter barrel, Adjustable buttstock with shoulder rest, Ergonomic railed handguard, new bipod assembly and cocking handle.
The Belgian government signed a 2 million euro contract to replace all MAG's with 242 Minimi's chambered in 7.62×51mm.
FN MAG 7.62×51mm Belgium
Standard general-purpose machine gun. To be replaced with 242 7.62×51mm chambered Minimi's.
M2HB QCB 12.7×99mm United States
Standard Issue HMG
Remington 870 12-gauge United States
In service since 2008
GL-1 40×46mm Belgium
Used by regular infantry and paratroopers mounted under FN F2000 rifles on a squad based level.
FN40GL 40×46mm Belgium
Used by special forces mounted under
Heckler & Koch GMG 40×53mm Germany
Mounted on the army's new
Anti-tank Missile Launchers
MILAN 115 mm France
Will be replaced by Spike ATGM in the near future.
Spike-MR 152 mm Israel
66 new anti-tank missile systems are currently being delivered to
replace the army's older
Anti-tank Rocket Launchers
M72 LAW 66 mm United States
Will be replaced by RGW 90 as the short range anti-tank weapon on a squad based level.
RGW 90 HH 90 mm Germany
111 short range anti-tank weapons are to be purchased in the near future.
Anti-air Missile Launchers
Infrared surface-to-air missile. 0 (retired in 2017 without replacement) No surface-to-air defence system left.
120 RT Mortar 120 mm France
About 30 in use
M1 Mortar 81 mm United States
About 42 in use
M19 Mortar 60 mm United States
About 60 used by the ParaCommando regiment for light fire support.
About 24 in use
Mecar M72 HE grenade NA Belgium
Fragmentation hand grenade
Mecar M93BG grenade NA Belgium
M18 grenade NA United States
Smoke hand grenade
M6A2 Mine NA United States
HAFLA NA Germany
Single-shot, disposable incendiary weapon
Name Origin Type Number Photo Notes
Piranha IIIC Switzerland Armoured fighting vehicle 268
Will be replaced by
138 Engineering variants providing Mobility, Countermobility and Protection 64 FUS Armored personnel carriers 19 DF30: Fire support version equipped with MK44 Bushmaster II in an ORCWS-30 18 DF90: Fire support version equipped with a 90 mm cannon 14 CP serving as a mobile command post 6 Ambulance versions 9 Recovery versions
Pandur I Austria Armoured personnel carrier 59
Will be replaced by EBRC Jaguar from 2025.
45 Reconnaissance variants 10 Ambulance variants 4 Maintenance variants
Will be replaced by
156 FUS variants for troop transport 52 Command Post (CP) 10 Ambulance variants
Iveco LMV Italy Infantry mobility vehicle 439
The FOX of the original is Toyota Land Cruiser, contract for the Belgian Armed forces includes a removable armour kit to increase ballistic and mine protection. The vehicles will be fitted with a 360° ring mount which can be armed with a 12.7mm machine gun or an automatic grenade launcher.
Unimog 1.9T Germany Light Truck 61
10 Unimog 1.9T 4×4 JACAM variants 47 Unimog 1.9T 4×4 Mistral variants 4 Unimog 1.9T 4×4 SVB variants
Iveco M250 Italy Medium Heavy Truck 400
350 with optional removable ballistic protection kits
Iveco ALC 8x4 Italy Autonomous Load Carrier 149
In service since 2004
Mercedes-Benz Actros Germany Transport Truck 60
In service since 2002
Renault Kerax France Tow Truck 27
In service since 2001
Scania T144 Sweden Heavy Transport 26
In service since 2002
Groundhog United Kingdom Terrain Vehicle 38
In service since 2009
M-Gator United States Light utility vehicle
Used for medical evacuation
An M75 APC at the
MAP - NATO :
Sherman Firefly M4 105mm M24 Chaffee M26 Pershing M46 Patton M47 Patton M41 Walker Bulldog Leopard 1 M22 Locust
M44 155 mm Howitzer Motor Carriage
M74 Armored Recovery Vehicle Bergepanzer 2A1
Future In the stratregical defence vision report of the Belgian government it was stated that by 2030 the Belgian land component will invest in new modern equipment such as weapons, vehicles, communication assets, body armor and more. Notes
^ "de SELLIERS de MORANVILLE". www.ars-moriendi.be.
^ George Nafziger's order of battle for the Belgian
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