|Togolese Armed Forces
Forces Armées Togolaises
Togolese Coat of Arms
|Service branches||Togolese Army
Togolese Air Force
Togolese National Gendarmerie
|Chief of Defence Staff||Brigadier General Titikpina Atcha Mohamed|
|1,577,572, age 15–49|
|1,104,536, age 15–49|
|Percent of GDP||1.6%|
|Ranks||Military ranks of Togo|
The Military of Togo, in French FAT (Forces armées togolaises, "Togolese armed forces"), consists of the army, navy, air force, and gendarmerie. Total military expenditure during the fiscal year of 2005 was 1.6% of the country's GDP. Military bases exist in Lomé, Temedja, Kara, Niamtougou, and Dapaong. The current Chief of the General Staff is Brigadier General Titikpina Atcha Mohamed, who took office on May 19, 2009.
The current chief of staff of the army is Colonel Blakimwé Wiyao Balli. The elite presidential bodyguards of the Togolese Armed Forces are reportedly trained by Benjamin Yeaten, an internationally wanted Liberian military commander and war criminal.
|Armored fighting vehicle|
|T-54||Soviet Union||Main battle tank||4|
|T-34-85||Soviet Union||Medium Tank||7|
|FV101 Scorpion||United Kingdom||light tank||20|
|BMP-2||Russia||Infantry fighting vehicle||20|
|Panhard M3||France||APC||5||Reconnaissance vehicle|
|Véhicule Blindé Léger||France||Armored car||2|
|EE-9 Cascavel||Brazil||Armored car||36|
|M8 Greyhound||United States||Armored car||9||of which 3 are the M20 variant|
|Véhicule d'Action dans la Profondeur||France||Armored car||6|
|Panhard AML||France||Armored car||10|
|M2A1||United States||Howitzer||4||105mm towed howitzer|
|2S1 Gvozdika||Soviet Union||Self-propelled howitzer||6|
The Togolese Air Force (French: Armée de l'Air Togolaise) was established in 1964, and a French influence remains on the choice of aircraft used. Since 2005, the air force's chief of staff is Colonel Bouraïma Bonfoh.
The C-47 Skytrain was the first aircraft used; it was part of the force from 1960 to 1976. Replacing the C-47s were two DHC-5D Buffalo STOL transports in 1976. Also in the same year Togo acquired five ex-German Air Force Fouga Magister armed jet trainers and seven EMB.326GBs from Brazil to form the Escadrille de Chasse. Togo's armed jet trainer fleet was upgraded in 1981 by the deliveries of five Alpha jets and by three piston engine Aerospatiale TB-30 Epsilons in 1986. The Fouga Magisters were returned to France in 1985.
During its existence the official name changed from Section Air der Forces armées Togolais in 1964 to Escadrille Nationale Togolaise in 1973, to Groupement Aerienne Togolaise (GAT) in 1980, and finally to Armée de l'Air Togolaise in 1997.
At present its operations are concentrated to the Base Transport de Lomé (Lomé Transport Base) at Lomé Tokoin Airport, where the transport aircraft are based, and the Base Chasse Niamtougou (Niamtougou Fighter Base) at Niamtougou International Airport, where the combat units are located.
|Super King Air||United States||utility / transport||200||2|
|Alpha Jet||France / Germany||trainer / light attack||4|
|MB-326||Italy||trainer / light attack||4|
|Socata TB 30||France||basic trainer||3|
The National Navy was created on May 1, 1976 to guard the roughly 34 miles (55 km) of Togolese coast and the seaport of Lomé. It currently has 2 wooden-hulled patrol boats, the Kara (P 761), and the Mono (P 762), which have both been in service since 1976. On 7 July 2014, the Togolese navy got a RPB 33 patrol boat that was named Agou (P 763). Currently, the navy's chief of staff is ship captain Atiogbé Ametsipe.
|Kara (P 761)||France||Patrol boat||1||Kara Patrol class|
|Mono (P 762)||France||Patrol boat||1||Kara Patrol class|
|Agou (P 763)||United States||Patrol boat||1||Defender-class boat|