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.
||Bahrain State Police first established.
||First helicopter acquired.
||Bahrain State Police renamed Bahrain Public Security.
BPS helicopters are currently used for various policing and internal security tasks.
No future procurement plans known.
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.
Coding system not used
None – Manufacturers designations used
Current Aircraft Inventory
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||Still on Order
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.
Sheikh Isa Air Base.
Current Order of Battle
Historical Orders of Battle
All-Time Flying Units List
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.
Bahrain Aviation Bibliography – to be added
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Official Bahrain Ministry of the Interior website
Any photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.