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.
|TT pistol||United States||Semi-automatic pistol|
|AK-47||Russia||Assault rifle||AK-103, AK-12, RPK-74|
|Type 56||China||Assault rifle|
|SKS||Soviet Union||Semi-automatic rifle|
|MAS-36 rifle||France||Semi-automatic rifle|
|MAS-49 rifle||France||Semi-automatic rifle|
|Degtyaryov||Soviet Union||general purpose||RP-46|
|RPD||Soviet Union||general purpose|
|DShK||Soviet Union||general purpose|
|M2 Browning||United States||general purpose||M2HB, M2HB-QCB|
|RPG-7||Soviet Union||Rocket-propelled grenade|
|Armored fighting vehicle|
|PT-76||Soviet Union||Light tank||18|
|M8 Greyhound||United States||Anti-armor vehicle||7|
|Eland-90||South Africa||Armored car||3||provided with French training|
|Panhard VBL||France||Armored car||10|
|BRDM-2||Soviet Union||Armored car||14|
|Casspir 2000||South Africa||APC||10 on order|
|L118 Light Gun||United Kingdom||Howitzer||12|
|M101 howitzer||United States||Howitzer||4|
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 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.
|Boeing 727||United States||VIP||1|
|Hawker Siddeley HS 748||United Kingdom||transport||1|
|DHC-6 Twin Otter||Canada||utility transport||1|
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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