The military of Benin constitutes the army, navy, air force, and national gendarmerie of Benin. For a number of years, the military of Belgium has had an active programme of co-operation with Benin, offering training and coaching, donating redundant military equipment and using the county for limited military exercises.
Military branches: Benin Armed Forces (FAB): Army (l'Armée de Terre), Benin Navy (Forces Navales Beninois, FNB), Benin People's Air Force (Force Aerienne Populaire de Benin, FAPB) (2008)
Military manpower - military age: 18 years of age
Military manpower - availability:
males age 15-49: 1,402,566
females age 15-49: 1,445,082
note: both sexes are liable for military service (2000 est.)
Military manpower - fit for military service:
males age 15-49: 717,289
females age 15-49: 732,196 (2000 est.)
Military manpower - reaching military age annually:
females: 67,961 (2000 est.)
Military expenditures - dollar figure: $27 million (FY96)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP: 1.7% (FY96)
After achieving independence from France in 1960 the Benin Airforce was transport equipped with seven French-supplied Douglas C-47s, four MH.1521M Broussands and two Agusta-Bell 47Gs. Two F-27s were entered service in 1978 for transport duties before being transferred to Air Benin. Also during the same era two AN-26s were acquired. In late 1985 two Dornier Do-28s entered service to replace the C-47s. A single DHC-6 Twin Otter was acquired in 1989.
The Benin Air Force maintains a small transport and utility fleet of 14 aircraft, including seven helicopters.
Beninese Air Force also has two An-26s, and one Boeing 707, but these are currently grounded.
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