Jordanian Gendarmerie Air Wing

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

In July 1956 the Arab Legion was separated into distinct army and police elements. The police element was known as the Public Security Force (PSF). During the period of martial law from April 1957, the police were again placed under army control. In July 1958 the PSF was reestablished as a civilian force. The PSF reported to the Public Security Directorate of the Ministry of the Interior. A Public Security Air Wing was established in 1989, with the arrival of the first helicopters. The helicopters are flown by Air Force crews on behalf of the Police. In January 2008, Jordan set up a Gendarmerie force using various elements drawn from the Public Security Directorate, including the Air Wing. The new force comes under the control of the General Directorate of Gendarmerie (GDG).

Key Dates

1958    Public Security Force established.
1989    First helicopters delivered – Air Wing created.
16 Jan 2008    Gendarmerie established.

Current Status

The Air Wing is primarily involved in security and paramilitary duties.

Future Plans

None known.

Markings

National Insignia

          Main markingFin Flash

Prior to the creation of the Gendarmerie, JPSAW helicopters displayed the PSD insignia on the fuselage sides. The national flag was carried as a fin flash. POLICE service titles were also displayed. Gendarmerie markings are not known.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The Air Wing serialling system comprises a two-figure number for each airframe, prefixed by the letter P, e.g. P-07.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Eurocopter EC635 4 4 0 Policing
MBB Bo 105CBS-4 3 3 0 Policing

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Eurocopter EC635 4 2007 current Germany
MBB Bo 105CBS-4 3 1989 current Germany

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Amman.

Organisational Structure

All aircraft are based at Al Matar Air Base, Marka.

Current Order of Battle

Squadron Type Base
JGAW EC635, Bo 105 Al Matar AB, Marka

Historical Orders of Battle

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All helicopters are operated from Al Matar Air Base, Marka.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Not applicable.

More Information

Books

To be added

Magazines

None known.

Websites

Jordan Police Forces

Security and foreign forces (Jordan)

Bahrain Public Security Flying Wing

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Bahrain State Police was first established in 1962, to look after internal security matters. In June 1965 it acquired its first helicopter, a Westland Scout. A second Scout was obtained the following year. At independence from Britain in 1971, the force was renamed Bahrain Public Security and it subsequently became a component of the Bahrain Defense Force. Further helicopters were acquired for the Flying Wing. The BPS remains an all-helicopter force which maintains close co-operation with the Royal Bahraini Air Force and Royal Bahraini Navy.

Key Dates

1962    Bahrain State Police first established.
June 1965    First helicopter acquired.
1971    Bahrain State Police renamed Bahrain Public Security.

Current Status

BPS helicopters are currently used for various policing and internal security tasks.

Future Plans

No future procurement plans known.

Markings

National Insignia

The same national markings as the Air Force are carried. The service title BAHRAIN PUBLIC SECURITY is displayed in Arabic and English on the fuselage sides.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

All police aircraft carry police specific serial numbers. The first two helicopters acquired used the serial prefix BSP (for Bahrain State Police) followed by a single digit sequence number eg: BSP-1. Helicopters acquired after independence used the serial prefix BPS (for Bahrain Public Security) followed by a single digit sequence number which followed on from those previously allocated eg: BPS-3. By about 1980, the numbers 1 to 9 had been used up, and a new two-digit numbering sequence commencing at 01 was initiated eg: BPS-03.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Click on aircraft type for more details

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Bell 412 2 1 0 Policing/Transport
Bell 412SP 1 1 0 Policing/Transport

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

A Bell 407 was reported delivered in 2001. This was actually a Bell 427.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Sheikh Isa Air Base.

Organisational Structure

Not applicable.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

By 2002 all helicopters were based at Sheikh Isa Air Base.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The initial Flying Wing base was Manama Fort, near the capital, but circa 2002 a move was made to Sheikh Isa AB.

More Information

Books

Bahrain Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

No feature articles found.

Websites

Official Bahrain Ministry of the Interior website

Any photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.