Bahrain - Air Force

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The combat element of the Royal Bahrain Air Force is being formed by the Fighter Wing based at Shaikh Isa Airbase, flying F-16 and F-5 fighters. Training occurs at the Hawk Mk129 from No. 5 Squadron.

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The combat helicopter force equipped with AH-1E/F Cobras will be extended with new AH-1Z models, based in a new No. 22 Squadron at Rifa'a Airbase.

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Riffa ( )
Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
The Helicopter Wing
12th Helicopter Squadron UH-60M

3rd Helicopter Squadron AB212
Bell 412EP

22nd Helicopter Squadron AH-1Z

8th Helicopter Squadron AH-1E
AH-1F
AH-1P

9th Helicopter Squadron AH-1FB
AH-1E
AH-1F
AH-1P

10th Helicopter Squadron Bo105C

The Helicopter Wing operates eight UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters in 12th Helicopter Squadron at Rifa'a airbase.

4Aviation, 2014

The Bell412EP is active within the Royal Bahrain Police and the RBAF. Two Bell142EPs operates aside the AB212s in No. 3 Squadron from Rifa'a airbase.

Arjan Dijksterhuis

Sakhir Air Base (OBKH)

RWY 15/33     POS 26°02'05"N 050°31'29"E     ELEV 76 ft

Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
Transport Wing
7th Transport Squadron C-130J

In 2018 the Royal Bahraini Air Force took delivery of two former RAF C-130H C5 Hercules transports to form No. 7 Squadron at Shakhir Airport.

Jochem Manders

The Royal Bahraini Navy and the Royal Bahraini Air Force both operate the Bo105C. The RBAF operates four Bo105C in No. 10 Squadron from Rifa'a airbase.

Arjan Dijksterhuis

Shaikh Isa Air Base (OBBS)

RWY 15/33     POS 25°55'06"N 050°35'26"E     ELEV 136 ft

Wing Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Badge
The Fighter Wing
1st Tactical Fighter Squadron F-16C-40 (tbc -70)
F-16D-40 (tbc -70)

2nd Tactical Fighter Squadron F-16C-40 (tbc -70)
F-16D-40 (tbc -70)

6th Tactical Fighter Squadron F-5E
F-5F
F-16V-70 (o/o, 2024)

16th Tactical Fighter Squadron F-16C-70 (o/o, 2024)
F-16D-70 (o/o, 2024)
The Air Training Wing
4th Squadron T67M260

5th Squadron Hawk Mk129
From 2024 on 16 F-16Vs Block 70 will be delivered to the Royal Bahrain Air Force in a new squadron (No. 16). In 2024 the F-5E/F fighters will also be replaced by the F-16V-70. Block 40 aircraft will be upgraded to Block 70.

The Royal Bahraini Air Force still operates the F-5E/F Tiger II in 6th Tactical Fighter Squadron from Shaikh Isa airbase. In 2024 these fighters will be replaced by F-16V-70 aircraft.

4Aviation, 2018

403 is a Slingsby T67M260 training aircraft, part of 4sq at Shaikh Isa Air Base, Bahrain.

Sakhir , 23 January 2010, Danny-de-Kiewit

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