The Bahrain Defence Force
(BDF) is the military force of the Kingdom of Bahrain
. The Bahrain Defence Force is under the command of Bahrain's
Ministry of Defence and under the leadership of a commander-in-chief who holds the rank of field marshal
In January 2008, the Crown Prince, Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
was appointed as the Deputy Supreme Commander,
while Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the BDF.
BDF's Chief of Staff is Lieutenant General Theyab bin Saqer Al Noaimi.
Bahrain, in conjunction with its GCC
partners has moved to upgrade its defenses in response to the threat posed by the Iran-Iraq
and Persian Gulf wars
In 1982, the GCC
gave Bahrain $1.7 billion to help improve its defenses. Bahrain's defense spending since 1999 has been steady. The government spends around $320 million annually on their military.
After the Gulf War
, Bahrain received additional military support from the United States
, including the sale of 54 M60A3 tanks
, 12 F-16C/D aircraft
, and 14 Cobra helicopters
. Joint naval, air and ground exercises also have been planned and executed to increase readiness throughout the Persian Gulf. Bahrain and the United States signed a Defense Cooperation Agreement in October 1991, granting U.S. forces access to Bahraini facilities and ensuring the right to pre-position material for future crises. In 2003, George W. Bush
designated Bahrain as a major non-NATO ally
of the United States
. Since 2003, Bahrain has been granted over $100 million in Foreign Military Funding to pay for various high-profile weapons systems, to include an AN/TPS-59
(v)3B Early Warning Radar, Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM), Air-to-Air Missile Avoidance System for the King's Plane (Boeing 747-400
), as well as an Avenger Air Defense Vehicle
Commanders-in-Chief of the BDF
- ^ "Bahrain". The 2011 US Department of State Background Notes. United States Department of State. Retrieved 2 March 2012. The Bahrain Defense Force (BDF) numbers about 113,000 personnel.
- ^ "Royal Decree No 1 of the Year 2008 on the Appointment of the Deputy Supreme Commander". Official Gazette of the Kingdom of Bahrain. 6 January 2008. Archived from the original on 27 November 2012.
- ^ "Royal Decree No 2 of the Year 2008 on the Appointment of the Commander-in-Chief of the Bahrain Defence Force". Official Gazette of the Kingdom of Bahrain. 6 January 2008. Archived from the original on 8 December 2012.
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