Aircraft Not Used

by the Royal Bahraini Air Force


This page gives details of some of the aircraft types that were offered or promised to the Royal Bahraini Air Force but not delivered, cancelled official orders, and types have been falsely reported as being in service.

Boeing AH-64A Apache
In October 1990 the US Congress approved the supply of eight AH-64A attack helicopters to Bahrain, but the offer was declined. Sources: World Ar Power Journal Vol 5 Spring 1991 p.9, Worldmil (1996) p.51.

British Aerospace Hawk
In 1994, the BAAF came close to signing an order for the BAe Hawk, but chose to procure additional F-16s instead. Source: World Air Power Journal Vol 26 Autumn 1996 p.113

Lockheed C-130B Hercules
A deal to acquire two C-130B fell through in early 1994.

Lockheed Martin F-16N Fighting Falcon
During 1995-96 the BAAF considered buying 18 ex-US Navy F-16Ns, which had been retired from service in January 1995, but rejected the deal and eventually procured more new-build examples. Although much cheaper than surplus USAF F-16A/B aircraft, the F-16Ns had high fatigue counts and would require considerable upgrading to equip them to USAF F-16 standards. Source: World Air Power Journal Vol 23 Winter 1995 p.10 and World Air Power Journal Vol 27 Winter 1996 p.10.

Northrop F-20A Tigershark
Four F-20As were requested in 1982, along with two F-5Fs for conversion training, but the order size was insufficient to justify starting F-20 production and the US offered to supply F-5E aircraft instead. Source: World Air Power Journal Vol 25 Summer 1996 p.90.

The following aircraft types have been reported as serving with the BAAF, but actually serve with the Royal Flight:
Gulfstream II, Boeing 727, Boeing 747SP, Gulfstream III.

The following aircraft types have been reported as serving with the RBAF, but actually serve with the Bahrain Public Security Force: Westland Scout, Hughes 369D (‘Hughes 500D’), Sikorsky S-76, Bell 412, Bell 427 (‘Bell 430’).

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