Bahrain Public Security Flying Wing

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Not known
English Title:
Bahrain Public Security Flying Wing
First Established:
ICAO Code:


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.


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 Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

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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.


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


Bahrain Aviation Bibliography – to be added


No feature articles found.


Official Bahrain Ministry of the Interior website

Any photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

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