Avro RJ85/RJ100

in Royal Bahraini Air Force Service

History

One Avro RJ85 regional jet obtained from manufacturer and delivered in November 2001, and one more in January 2005. One RJ100 obtained in January 2008 and delivered in March 2008. Used for transport duties.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
A9C-BDF E2390 G-6-390 9 Nov 2001 RJ85, noted June 2008
A9C-HWR E2306 EI-CNK Jan 2005 RJ85, noted June 2008
A9C-AWL E3386 OH-SAM Mar 2008 RJ100

Pictures


RJ85 A9C-BDF (photo, Red-Phoenix Airpics)

More Information

References

  • Flight International 27 November-3 December 2001
  • Air-Britain Digest Spring 2002 p.45
  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.

Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Fighting Falcon

in Royal Bahraini Air Force Service

History

Eight F-16C Block 40 fighters and four F-16D Block 40 two-seat trainers ordered in March 1987 (Letter of Agreement signed) under programme Peace Crown I. The first aircraft was accepted in the USA in March 1990 and arrived in Bahrain in May 1990. The remaining aircraft were delivered by September 1990. An additional four were offered by the US in mid 1988, but not accepted. After considering refurbished surplus USAF F-16A/B aircraft, a Letter of Offer and Acceptance for ten more single-seat F-16C Block 40 (not Block 50) aircraft was signed in April 1998, under Peace Crown II. The first aircraft was handed over by Lockheed Martin on 22 June 2000. Deliveries commenced in late 2000. Options on two more aircraft were included in the deal. The new aircraft were the same Block 40 configuration as the aircraft from Peace Crown I, with the addition of new equipment items. These included a color cockpit TV system, APG-68(V)8 radar, LANTIRN targeting pod and AIM-120 advanced medium range air-to-air missile (AMRAAM) capability. Both batches are General Electric F110-GE-100 powered. The first batch aircraft are to be upgraded with APG-68(V)8 radars to allow the use of AMRAAM by the entire F-16 fleet. Used by 1st and 2nd Fighter Squadrons for interceptor fighter duties. (Note correct US serials for Peace Crown II aircraft, not as printed in some sources).

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
101 AC1 90-0028 1990  
103 AC2 90-0029 1990  
105 AC3 90-0030 1990  
107 AC4 90-0031 1990  
109 AC5 90-0032 1990  
111 AC6 90-0033 1990  
113 AC7 90-0034 1990  
115 AC8 90-0035 1990  
150 AD1 90-0036 1990 F-16D
152 AD2 90-0037 1990 F-16D
154 AD3 90-0038 Apr 1990 F-16D
156 AD4 90-0039 1990 F-16D
201 AC9 98-2021 Oct 2000  
202 AC10 98-2022 Oct 2000  
203 AC11 98-2023 Oct 2000  
204 AC12 98-2024 Oct 2000 w/o 23 Sept 2004
205 AC13 98-2025 Oct 2000  
206 AC14 98-2026 2000  
207 AC15 98-2027 2000  
208 AC16 98-2028 2001  
209 AC17 98-2029 2001  
210 AC18 98-2030 2001  

Pictures


F-16C 115 (photo, Eric Stijger via Code One)

More Information

References

  • Lockheed Martin press release June 22, 2000
  • World Air Power Journal Vol 3 Autumn 1990 p.5
  • World Air Power Journal Vol 5 Spring 1991 p.100
  • World Air Power Journal Vol 24 Spring 1996 p.122
  • World Air Power Journal Vol 26 Autumn 1996 p.112-113
  • World Air Power Journal Vol 31 Winter 1997 p.10
  • World Air Power Journal Vol 34 Autumn 1998 p.7
  • World Air Power Journal Vol 35 Winter 1998 p.8
  • World Air Forces Directory 2004/05 (Mach III)
  • World Air Forces Directory 2009/10 (Mach III)
  • F-16.net

Other Sources

To be added.

MBB Bo 105C

in Royal Bahraini Air Force Service

History

Two Bo 105C obtained in 1976. Comprised the first equipment of the newly formed Bahrain Defence Force Air Wing. A third Bo 105C was obtained later. Currently used for transport duties by the 7th Squadron – two for general transport duties and the third machine for VIP transport.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
761 S.252 D-HDHL 1976 Initially serialled BDF-761
762 S.253 D-HDHM 1976 Initially serialled BDF-762
763 S.323 D-HLBJ 1977 Initially serialled BDF-773

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References

  • Worldmil(1994) p.52
  • World Air Forces Directory ’98 (Mach III)
  • World Air Power Journal Vol 26 Autumn 1996 p.114-115

Other Sources

To be added.

Bell 212

in Royal Bahraini Air Force Service

History

At least three Bell 212 obtained from the USA by 2004. Used by ? Squadron for transport duties.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
721       noted July 2004
722       noted Apr 2004
723       photograph
724       noted 1980

More Information

References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.

Bell AH-1E/F Cobra

in Royal Bahraini Air Force Service

History

The supply of eight AH-1E and six TAH-1P was approved by the US Congress in February 1994. A deal for the supply of eight ex-US Army AH-1E was signed in May 1994, with deliveries begining late in 1994. An additional four AH-1E were acquired in 1995, bringing the total acquired to 12. Used by the 8th and 10th Squadrons for anti-armour duties. (Six “AH-1P” were reportedly approved in January 1995 and ten AH-1E in October 1995. A total of 24 AH-1E and six TAH-1P were reportedly delivered. There is no evidence that these proposed transfers took place. 17 ex-US Army AH-1F were reportedly approved in 2001 for delivery in 2003). Nine AH-1F were delivered in April 2005.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
825     1994  
843     1994  
845     1994  
883       noted July 2004
885       noted July 2004
889       noted July 2004
         
         
         
         

More Information

References

  • World Air Forces Directory ’98 (Mach III)
  • World Air Forces Directory 2000 (Mach III)
  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.

Agusta-Bell AB212

in Royal Bahraini Air Force Service

History

Twelve AB.212 obtained from Italy in 1980. Possibly initially procured for the Public Security Flying Wing, but in full BAAF markings by 1995. Used by 3 Squadron for transport duties and civilian policing.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
BDF-542     ?  
901     1980  
902     1980  
903     1980  
904     1980 noted 1995
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         

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References

  • World Air Power Journal Vol 26 Autumn 1996 p.115
  • Worldmil(1988)
  • Worldmil(1994)
  • Worldmil(1996)
  • World Air Forces Directory 2000 (Mach III)
  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.

Northrop F-5E/F Tiger II

in Royal Bahraini Air Force Service

History

Eight F-5E fighters and four F-5F two-seat trainers ordered from the manufacturer in 1985 in two separate contracts and delivered between December 1985 and January 1987. These aircraft were of the late production standard with flattened ‘shark’ nose, and a dorsal ILS antenna but not the extended fin fillet. Used initially for fighter interceptor duties by the 6th Fighter Squadron, but after the F-16s arrived they were used mainly for the air-to-ground role.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
681 HY1001 85-1592 1985  
682 HY1002 85-1593 1985  
683 HY1003 85-0058 1985  
684 HY1004 85-0044 Sept 1986  
685 HY1005 85-0057 Dec 1986  
686 HY1006 85-1594 1985  
687 HY1007 85-1595 1985  
688 HY1008 85-0043 1985  
641 HZ1001 85-0053 Dec 1985 F-5F
642 HZ1002 85-0054 1985 F-5F
643 HZ1003 85-0055 Sept 1986 F-5F
644 HZ1004 85-0056 1985 F-5F

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References

  • World Air Power Journal Vol 25 Summer 1996 p.90
  • World Air Power Journal Vol 26 Autumn 1996 p.113

Other Sources

To be added.

BAE Systems Hawk Mk.129

in Royal Bahraini Air Force Service

History

Six Hawk Mk.129 ordered in July 2003. To be used for advanced training duties by the new RBAF Flying Training School. First flight 12 September 2005.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
501 BT003/1343 ZK108 Oct 2006  
502 BT004/1344 ZK109 Oct 2006  
503 BT005/1345 ZK110 Nov 2006  
504 BT006/1346 ZK111 Nov 2006  
505 BT002/1342 ZK107 Dec 2006  
506 BT001/1341 ZK106 Dec 2006  

More Information

References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)
  • World Air Forces Directory 2009/10 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.

10 Squadron

of the Royal Bahraini Air Force

History

Number 10 Squadron was formed in 1994 to operate the Bell AH-1E. The unit forms part of the Helicopter Wing at Rifa’a Air Base.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
AH-1E 6 1994 – Present 825, 845

Unit Markings

Figure 1
To be added

Main Bases

Base Duration
Rifa’a AB 1994 – Present

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References

  • To be added

Other Sources

To be added.

9 Squadron

of the Royal Bahraini Air Force

History

Number 9 Squadron was formed in 1995 to operate the Sikorsky UH-60L. The unit forms part of the Helicopter Wing at Rifa’a Air Base.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
UH-60L 1 1995 – Present 900
UH-60A 1 1996 – Present ?

Unit Markings

Figure 1
To be added

Main Bases

Base Duration
Rifa’a AB 1995 – Present

More Information

References

  • To be added

Other Sources

To be added.