The Info List - Military Of Senegal

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The ARMED FORCES OF SENEGAL consists of about 17,000 personnel in the army, air force , navy, and gendarmerie. The Senegal
military force receives most of its training, equipment, and support from France
and the United States. Germany also provides support but on a smaller scale.

Military noninterference in political affairs has contributed to Senegal's stability since independence. Senegal
has participated in many international and regional peacekeeping missions. Most recently, in 2000, Senegal
sent a battalion to the Democratic Republic of Congo to participate in MONUC , the United Nations
United Nations
peacekeeping mission.

also agreed to deploy a United States-trained battalion to Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone
to participate in UNAMSIL
, another UN peacekeeping mission. The training operation was designated Operation Focus Relief and involved U.S. Army Special Forces from 3rd Special
Forces Group training a number of West African battalions, including Nigerian ones.


* 1 Summary of past military actions * 2 Army * 3 National Gendarmerie * 4 Navy * 5 Air Force * 6 Military zones

* 7 Equipment

* 7.1 Armored Cars * 7.2 Armoured personnel carriers * 7.3 Artillery * 7.4 Aircraft

* 8 References * 9 External links


Paratroopers commando of Thiès

* In August 1981, the Senegalese military was invited into the Gambia by President
Dawda Kairaba Jawara to put down a coup attempt. * In August 1989, Senegalese-Gambian military cooperation ceased with the dissolution of the Senegambian Confederation . * In 1990, 500 Senegalese troops were deployed to Saudi Arabia to take part in the Gulf War . 92 of them were killed after the end of the conflict in a plane crash on 21 March 1991. * In 1992 1,500 men were sent to the ECOMOG peacekeeping group in Liberia
. * In 1994, a battalion-sized force was sent to Rwanda
to participate in the UN peacekeeping mission there. * Senegal
intervened in the Guinea-Bissau civil war in 1998 at the request of former President
Vieira . * A Senegalese contingent deployed on a peacekeeping mission to the Central African Republic
Central African Republic
in 1997. * In 2017, Senegal
deployed troops into the Gambia to support newly elected President
Adama Barrow
Adama Barrow
, an action legally justified by UN resolution 2337.

The Army (Armée de Terre) is the leading force within the Senegalese armed forces and provides the chief of staff and the Inspecteur général des forces armées. Only the army and gendarmerie are important enough to have general officers , although the navy has been commanded by a flag officer in the past.


Senegalese soldiers enter a building during a training exercise.

Since independence the army has gone through a large number of reorganisations. The army's heritage includes the prestigious Tirailleurs sénégalais
Tirailleurs sénégalais
. In 1978, Senegal
dispatched a battalion to the Inter-African Force in Zaire, in the aftermath of the Shaba II fighting. The Senegalese contingent was under the command of Colonel Osmane Ndoye. The Senegalese force comprised a parachute battalion from Thiaroye .

The Army currently consists of two divisions, the Operations Division and the Logistic Division. The IISS estimated in 2012 that the Army had a strength of 11,900 soldiers, three armoured battalions the 22nd, 24th, and 25th (at Bignona ) and the 26th Bataillon de reconnaissance et d'Appui at Kolda ; there are six infantry battalions 1st to 6th. 3rd Battalion may have been at Kaolack with 4th at Tambacounda at one point.

Also reported is the 12th Battalion of the 2nd Military Zone at Saint Louis (Dakhar Bango), along with the Prytanée militaire de Saint-Louis, a military secondary school.

Although the Senegalese air force is geared towards supporting it, the army may have previously maintained its own very small aviation branch, called the "Aviation Légère de l'Armée de Terre" (like the French army's equivalent), which may have counted up to five light helicopters and two SA330 Puma
SA330 Puma
transport helicopters. The IISS Military Balance 2012 does not list any helicopters in army service.


Red Guard of Senegal .

The Gendarmerie is a military force which provides policing and security. It includes a Territorial Gendarmerie with general policing duties, and a Mobile Gendarmerie for special tasks and serious public disorder.

The Senegalese gendarmerie evolved out of a French colonial Spahi detachment sent to Senegal
in 1845. This detachment (which became today's Red Guard of Senegal ) was the cadre around which the "Colonial Gendarmerie" was formed. On independence this became the National Gendarmerie.

The commander is General Abdoulaye Fall (a different person from the current Armed Forces Chief of Staff of the same name), whose rank is Divisional General , and whose full job title is "High Commander of the Gendarmerie and Director of Military Justice".


The Senegalese Patrol boat Fouladou (OPV 190).

The navy (marine), also known as the Armée de mer, is of small size and is commanded by a Ship-of-the-Line Captain . It is responsible for securing Senegal's Atlantic coastline which is strategically located on the extreme west of the African continent. The navy was created in 1961.

The Navy is divided into three branches known as "groupings":

1.) The Operational Naval Grouping (Groupement Naval Opérationnel), which is divided into three flotillas and one group:

* The High Seas Patrol Boats (Patrouilleurs de Haute Mer), * The Coastal Surveillance Vessels (Bâtiments de Surveillance Côtière), * The Fast Coastal Boats (Vedettes Côtières Rapides) and * The Transport Group (groupe de transport).

2.) The Naval Support Grouping (Groupement de Soutien de la Marine) responsible for ports, repairs, training, and logistics.

3.) The Fluvial -Maritime Surveillance Grouping.


Air Force Roundel
. Main article: Senegalese Air Force

The air force (Armée de l'Air) is orientated towards providing support for ground forces and resembles an army aviation corps. It has no air-to-air combat aircraft, but possesses Mil Mi-24 gunship helicopters, transport helicopters and aeroplanes, and reconnaissance helicopters and aeroplanes. This small force is commanded by a colonel .


Senegal's Military zones.

At the present time, there are seven military zones:

* Zone n°1 - Dakar
* Zone n°2 - Saint-Louis * Zone n°3 - Kaolack * Zone n°4 - Ziguinchor * Zone n°5 - Tambacounda * Zone n°6 - Kolda * Zone n°7 - Thiès

Each zone comprises a garrison office which caters to military issues and a social service office. The IISS Military Balance listed four zones in 2007.


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Armored Cars: (127)

* 30 Panhard AML
Panhard AML
-60mm 4x4 * 74 Panhard AML
Panhard AML
-90mm 4x4 * 13 WMA301/PTL02 105 mm tank hunter * 50 RAM Mk 3 light armoured vehicles * 10 M8 Greyhound
M8 Greyhound
37mm 6x6 * 4 M20 Greyhound 6x6


Armoured personnel carriers: (89)

* 8 Casspir 4x4 * 24 Panhard M3 4x4 * 12 M3 Half-track * 6 Dozor-B * 39 Puma M26

Other 'soft-skin' military vehicles not listed by the IISS:

* Ford M-151 Jeep 4x4 * Reo M-35 6x6 trucks * Reo M-44 6x6 trucks * ACMAT trucks * M-809 6x6 trucks


Senegalese marines (training mission in 2011).

Artillery: (18)

* 6 M-50 155mm Howitzer * 6 M-101 105mm howitzers * 6 BM-21 Grad 122 mm multiple rocket launcher

Mortars: 16. 8 Brandt 81mm medium mortar, 8 Brandt 120mm heavy mortar. Anti-tank weapons: 4 MBDA Milan ATGM Launchers, 31 Larc-89 Strim 89mm Light ATRLs RL. Air defence weapons: towed guns: 33. 21 53-T-2/M-693 20mm AAGs, 12 Bofors L-60 40mm AAGs Source: IISS Military Balance 2012, 450.


Main article: Senegalese Air Force


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