- Military of Bhutan
The branches of the armed forces of Bhutan are the Royal Bhutan Army, Royal Bodyguards, Militia, and Royal Bhutan Police. Being a landlocked country, Bhutan doesn't have a navy. Additionally, Bhutan does not have an air force, although the Royal Bhutan Army does have a very small air arm which possesses no combat capabilities and is used entirely for transport. India is responsible for military training, arms supplies and the air defense of Bhutan.
Military manpower - military age: 18 years of age
Military manpower - availability:
males age 15-49: 491,427 (2000 est.)
Military manpower - fit for military service:
males age 15-49: 262,316 (2000 est.)
Military manpower - reaching military age annually:
males: 20,374 (2000 est.)
Military expenditures - dollar figure: $NA
Military expenditures - percent of GDP: 1.8%
Army air arm
The Bhutan Air Arm is a tiny but important asset in the inhospitable terrain. It possesses no combat capabilities, and is used entirely for transport. It is likely that Russia will supply further helicopters. In addition to a number of Russian supplied helicopters, one light transport aircraft is also operated. The Royal Bhutan Army also relies on the Eastern Air Command of the Indian Air Force for air assistance. In recent years India has helped Bhutan start to develop its military in all areas through military donations and training. Indian Air Force helicopters evacuated RBA casualties to India for treatment during Operation All Clear in 2003.
Aircraft in active service as of January 2009.
Aircraft Source Type Versions In service Notes Helicopters Mil Mi-8 Hip Soviet Union / Russia transport helicopter Mi-8 7 Transports Dornier 228 Germany transports Do 228 1
This article was adapted from the CIA World Factbook 2000.
- ^ Dorji, Kinley. "Eastern air command chief visits Bhutan". Kuensel. http://www.kuenselonline.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1576. Retrieved 2008-10-22.
- ^ "A nation pays tribute". Kuensel. 15 August 2004. http://www.kuenselonline.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=4394. Retrieved 2008-10-22.
- ^ Aviation Week & Space Technology 2009, 26 January 2009 240. Web.11 August 2009. <http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/sourcebook/content.jsp?channelName=pro&story=xml/sourcebook_xml/2009/01/26/AW_01_26_2009_p0240-112924-16.xml&headline=World%20Military%20Aircraft%20Inventory%20-%20Bhutan>.
Bhutan topics History GeographyPoliticalNaturalClimate · Extreme points · Lakes · Glaciers · Mountains · Rivers · Protected areas · Valleys · Wildlife Politics Economy Demographics Culture Bhutan Portal Militaries of Asia Sovereign
- Burma (Myanmar)
- People's Republic of China
- East Timor (Timor-Leste)
- North Korea
- South Korea
- Saudi Arabia
- Sri Lanka
- United Arab Emirates
States with limited
- Christmas Island
- Cocos (Keeling) Islands
- Hong Kong
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Military history of Bhutan — Bhutan is bordered to the north by China (Tibet), and to the west, south, and east by India (Sikkim, West Bengal, and Assam). The Military of Bhutan relies on Indian support for training and materials. The military history of Bhutan begins with… … Wikipedia
Bhutan — Coordinates: 27°25′01″N 90°26′06″E / … Wikipedia
Bhutan War — Date 1864 1865 Location The Bengal Duars Result British victory Territorial changes Bhutan ceded parts of the Assam Duars, Bengal … Wikipedia
Military of Afghanistan — Emblem of the Afghan National Army Founded 1709 Current form … Wikipedia
Military of Uzbekistan — Standard of the Armed Forces Service branches Army, Air and Air Defence Forces, National Guard … Wikipedia
Military of Kuwait — Service branches Army, Navy, Air Force, National Police Force, National Guard, Coast guard Leadership Chief of Staff Air Marshal Fahad Al Amir … Wikipedia
Military of Kyrgyzstan — Military guard of honor near a monument in Bishkek s main square Founded circa 1992 Service branches … Wikipedia
Military of Turkmenistan — Founded circa 1992 Headquarters Galkynysh str.4, Ashka … Wikipedia
Military of Yemen — National emblem of Yemen Founded 1990 Service branches … Wikipedia
Military history of Korea — Military of South Korea Branches Army Navy Air Force Marine Corps Reserve Forces … Wikipedia