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The Benelux Self-Defense Forces consists of the Army, Navy, and Air Force. The service branches consist of:

The highest ranking officer in the Benelux Self-Defense Forces is the Chief of Defense Staff, who answers to the Minister of Defense, Hans Hillen, and His Royal Majesty's Defense Council. The BSDF is limited to the defense of the Union, and is not known for any foreign deployments apart from peacekeeping operations.

Branches

Army

His Royal Majesty's Army is the ground arm of the Self-Defense Forces. It currently has 30,000 soldiers and 12,000 civilian staff.

Equipment consists of:

  • Mowag Piranha
  • Pandur I
  • M113 Armored Personnel Carrier
  • Krauss-Maffei Wegmann
  • Dingo 2
  • Iveco LMV
  • M-Gator
  • JCB Groundhog
  • BMW R 1150 RT
  • Unimog U1350L
  • Volvo Trucks N10
  • Iveco M250.45WM
  • Iveco EuroCargo
  • Mercedes-Benz 814 Transporter
  • Iveco EuroTrakker
  • Scania T144
  • Scania P124 CA
  • Renault Kerax
  • Caterpillar D6 bulldozer
  • Case tracked excavator
  • Liebherr Litronic 912
  • Fiat-Hitachi W170 wheeled loader
  • Krupp AS35 wheeled lifting crane
  • Grove GMK 3050 wheeled all-terrain crane
  • Volkswagen Iltis

Navy

His Royal Majesty's Navy is the naval arm of the Self-Defense Forces and mainly acts as a coast guard or marine police for the Union of Benelux. The Navy currently has 3,000 personnel and X vessels. All HRM Navy vessels are prefixed with HRMSB (i.e. His Royal Majesty's Ship - Benelux).

Air Force

His Royal Majesty's Air Force is the air force of Benelux. It currently has 10,000 personnel.

Its current aircraft are:

Fighter Aircraft:

  • F-16 Fighting Falcon

Trainer Aircraft:

  • Aermacchi SF.260
  • Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet

Helicopters:

  • Aerospatiale Alouette III
  • Agusta A109
  • NHI NH90
  • Westland Sea King

Transport Aircraft:

  • Airbus A330
  • Airbus A310
  • Airbus A400M
  • Dassault Falcon 20
  • Dassault Falcon 900
  • Embraer ERJ 135
  • Embraer ERJ 145
  • C-130 Hercules

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles:

  • RQ-5 Hunter

Police

His Royal Majesty's Police is the law enforcement agency responsible for the Union of Benelux, as well as the military police component of the Self-Defense Force. The BSDF runs the police, which is divided into two components itself: the Federal Police and the Local Police.

See Also

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