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Encyclopedia > Belgian Army
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The Land Component, formerly the Belgian Army, is the land-based armed force of the Belgian Armed Forces. The current Commander of the Land Component is Major-General Eddy Testelmans. It is organised using the concept of capacities, where units are gathered together according to their function and material. Within this framework, there are three capacities: Image File history File links Flag_of_Belgium. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Belgium. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Military branches: Army Component, Naval Component and Air Component Military manpower - military age: 16 years of age (2001) Military manpower - availability: males age 16-49: 2,436,736 (2005 est. ...

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Combat capacity

These are the main fighting units of the Belgian Army:


Cavalry

  • 1/3e Régiment de Lanciers
  • 2/4e Regiment Lansiers
  • 1e Regiment Jagers te Paard/Gidsen
  • 2/4e Régiment de Chasseurs à Cheval
  • 17e Recce Squadron

The 1st/3rd Lancers Regiment (French: ) is a cavalry regiment in the Land Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. ... The 2nd/4th Lancers Regiment (Dutch: ) is a cavalry regiment in the Land Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. ... The 1st Guides Regiment (Fr 1e Régiment des Guides/Dutch: 1e Regiment Gidsen) is an armoured regiment of the Belgian Army. ... The 2nd/4th Regiment Mounted Rifles (Dutch: , French: ) is a cavalry regiment in the Land Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. ...

Infantry

Infantry Units

  • Regiment Bevrijding - 5e Linie
  • Regiment Karabiniers Prins Boudewijn - Grenadiers
  • Régiment de Chasseurs Ardennais
  • Régiment 12e de Ligne Prince Léopold - 13e de Ligne
  • Compagnie Hoofdkwartier 8/9e Linie - HQ 1st Mechanized Brigade
  • 2e Compagnie Chasseurs - HQ 7th Mechanized Brigade

Paratroops/Commandos The Regiment Liberation - 5th of the Line is an infantry regiment in the Land Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. ... The Regiment Carabiniers Prince Baudouin - Grenadiers is an infantry regiment in the Land Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. ... The Regiment of Ardennian Rifles (French: ) is an infantry regiment in the Land Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. ... The Regiment 12th of the Line Prince Leopold - 13th of the Line is an infantry regiment in the Land Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. ...

There are three infantry para-commando battalions in the Belgian Army. ... There are three infantry para-commando battalions in the Belgian Army. ... There are three infantry para-commando battalions in the Belgian Army. ...

Support capacity

These are the support arms:


Special Forces

  • Special Forces Group

The Special Forces Group is a special forces unit in the Land Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. ...

Artillery

  • 1 Régiment d'Artillerie de Campagne
  • 2 Regiment Veldartillerie/Batterij Veldartillerie ParaCommando
  • 14 Regiment Luchtdoelartillerie

The 1st Field Artillery Regiment (Dutch: , French: ) is an artillery regiment in the Land Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. ... The 2nd Field Artillery Regiment/Field Artillery Battery ParaCommando (Dutch: ) is an artillery regiment in the Land Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. ... The 14th Air Defence Artillery Regiment (Dutch: ) is an air defence artillery regiment in the Land Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. ...

Engineers

  • 11 Geniebataljon

The 11th Engineer Battalion (Dutch: ) is an engineer battalion in the Land Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. ...

Service capacity

These are the army's services:


Signals

  • 2 Groep
  • 4 Groupe
  • 5 Groupe
  • 6 Groep
  • 10 Groep

The 2nd Group Communication and Information Systems is a military communications unit in the Land Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. ... The 4th Group Communication and Information Systems is a military communications unit in the Land Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. ... The 5th Group Communication and Information Systems is a military communications unit in the Land Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. ... The 6th Group Communication and Information Systems is a military communications unit in the Land Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. ... The 10th Group Communication and Information Systems is a military communications unit in the Land Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. ...

Logistics

  • 4 Bataillon Logistique
  • 18 Bataljon Logistiek
  • 29 Batajon Logistiek

The 4th Logistics Battalion (French: ) is a logistics battalion in the Land Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. ... The 18th Logistics Battalion (Dutch: ) is a logistics battalion in the Land Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. ... The 29th Logistics Battalion (Dutch: ) is a logistics battalion in the Land Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. ...

Military Police Group

The Belgian Military Police (Groupe Police Militaire / Groep Militaire Politie - Gp MP) is a joint force made up of about 200 personnel assigned to five detachments located around the country. The Military Police Group staff is located in the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in the Brussels suburb of Evere. Alpha Detachment located at Evere covers the province of Flemish Brabant and the capital, Brussels. Bravo Detachment covers the Walloon Brabant, Hainaut and Namur areas and is located at Nivelles. Charlie Detachment located at Marche-en-Famenne covers the Liege and Luxembourg areas. Delta Detachment covers the Limbourg and Antwerp areas and is located at Leopoldsburg. Echo Detachment located at Lombardsijde covers Western and Eastern Flanders. For other places with the same name, see Brussels (disambiguation). ... Namur (Dutch: Namen) is a province of Wallonia and of Belgium. ... Nivelles (Dutch: Nijvel) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Walloon Brabant. ... The St. ... Liege or Liège has several meanings: A Liège is a classic sporting car, designed for personal assembly, by Peter Davis in Evesham, UK, and often used in Classic Trials and other long distance motoring events A liege is the person or entity to which one has pledged allegiance. ... Limbourg is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Liège. ... For other uses, see Antwerp (disambiguation). ... Leopoldsburg is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Limburg. ... Anthem De Vlaamse Leeuw (The Flemish Lion) Location of Belgian Flanders in Europe The Flemish Region Capital Brussels Official languages Dutch1 Recognised regional languages Flemish: Dutch Brussels: French and Dutch Government  -  Minister-President Kris Peeters Area  -  Total 13,522 km²   sq mi  Population  -  2006 [1] census 6,078,600   -  Density...


The Military Police force carries out the following missions:

  • Maintenance of order and discipline: Consists of monitoring, maintaining and, if necessary, re-establishing discipline and military order. This also involves controlling stragglers and refugees in times of war and guarding and escorting prisoners of war.
  • Traffic regulation: Includes traffic monitoring and regulation to ensure the flow of military movements in accordance with plans. This includes route reconnaissance and marking, convoy and oversize vehicle escort and river crossing control.
  • Security missions: Prevents and deters any threat to or attack against the personnel and property of the armed forces. The Military Police force protects, for example, the Palace of the Nation and the Parliaments and Councils of the Regions and the Communities, headquarters and classified conferences. MPs also provide VIP motorcycle escorts and honour guards, perform close protection missions, and escort classified documents and money transports.

The Belgian Military Police has also taken part in multinational peacekeeping missions such as Afghanistan, Kosovo and Congo. The Federal Police’s Military Crime Division (DJMM) performs all investigations involving the armed forces. In 2001, the Belgian police underwent a fundamental structural reform that created a completely new police system. ...


Other Services

  • SEDEE/DOVO - Explosive Ordnance Disposal
  • Movement Control Group
  • Camps/Training Centres

The Movement Control Group is a unit in the Land Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. ...

Territorial Defense Force

Flemish Region

  • Territorial Line Regiment of Antwerp/Territoriaal Regiment van de Linie Antwerpen (Antwerp)
  • Territorial Regiment of Guides/Territoriaal Regiment der Gidsen (Flemish Brabant)
  • 20th Logistics Battalion/20e Bataljon Logistiek (Flemish Brabant)
  • 2nd Line Regiment/Regiment 2e Linie (East Flanders)
  • Territorial Line Regiment of West Flanders/Territoriaal Regiment van de Linie West-Vlaanderen (West Flanders)
  • 51st Logistics Battalion/51e Bataljon Logistiek (West Flanders)
  • Territorial Line Regiment of Limburg/Territoriaal Regiment van de Linie Limburg (Limburg)

The Flemish region is one of the three official regions of the Kingdom of Belgium (alongside the Walloon Region and the Brussels-Capital Region). ... Antwerp is the northernmost province of Flanders and of Belgium. ... Flemish Brabant is a province of Flanders, one of the three regions of Belgium. ... Flemish Brabant is a province of Flanders, one of the three regions of Belgium. ... East Flanders is a province of Flanders, one of the three regions of Belgium. ... West Flanders (Dutch: West-Vlaanderen) is the westernmost province of Flanders and of Belgium. ... West Flanders (Dutch: West-Vlaanderen) is the westernmost province of Flanders and of Belgium. ... Limburg is the easternmost province of Flanders (which is one of the three regions of Belgium), and is located west of the Meuse river. ...

Walloon Region

  • Territorial Carabinier Cyclists Regiment/Régiment Territorial de Carabiniers Cyclistes (Walloon Brabant)
  • Territorial Rifles Regiment/Régiment Territorial de Chasseurs (Hainaut)
  • 8th Logistics Battalion/8e Batallion Logistique (Hainaut)
  • Territorial Line Regiment of Liège/Régiment Territorial de Ligne Liège (Liège)
  • 4th Engineer Batallion/4e Battalion du Génie (Liège)
  • Territorial Line Regiment of Luxembourg/Régiment Territorial de Ligne Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
  • 19th Line Regiment/Régiment de 19e Ligne (Namur)

National motto: Walon todi ! (Walloon forever!) Official languages French, German Capital Namur Minister-President Jean-Claude Van Cauwenberghe Area  - Total 16,844 km² Population  - Total (2002)  - Density 3,358,560 inhabitants 199. ... Walloon Brabant is a province of Wallonia and of Belgium. ... Hainaut (French; English traditionally Hainault, Dutch: Henegouwen, German: Hennegau, Walloon: Hinnot) is the westernmost province of Wallonia, one of the three regions of Belgium. ... Hainaut (French; English traditionally Hainault, Dutch: Henegouwen, German: Hennegau, Walloon: Hinnot) is the westernmost province of Wallonia, one of the three regions of Belgium. ... Liège is the easternmost province of Wallonia and of Belgium. ... Liège is the easternmost province of Wallonia and of Belgium. ... Namur (Dutch: Namen) is a province of Wallonia and of Belgium. ...

Brussels Capital Region

  • 2nd Grenadiers Regiment/Regiment 2e Grenadiers

The Brussels-Capital Region (French: R gion de Bruxelles-Capitale, Dutch: Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, German: Region Br ssel-Hauptstadt) or Brussels Region (French: R gion Bruxelloise, Dutch: Brusselse Gewest) is one of the three regions of Belgium. ...

Structure of the Belgian Land Forces

Structure of the Belgian Land Forces
Structure of the Belgian Land Forces

Units of the three Combat Brigades: Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 432 pixelsFull resolution (2709 × 1464 pixel, file size: 148 KB, MIME type: image/png) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 432 pixelsFull resolution (2709 × 1464 pixel, file size: 148 KB, MIME type: image/png) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ...

1 Brigade 7 Brigade Immediate Reaction Cell
HQ Company "8/9 Linie" HQ Company "2 Chasseurs à Pied" HQ Company "Rgt. ParaCommando"
Armored Regiment "2/4 Lansiers" Armored Regiment "1/3 Lanciers" 1st Paratroopers Battalion
Armored Recon Rgt. "1 Jagers te Paard/Giden" Armored Recon Rgt. "2/4 de Chasseurs à Cheval" 2nd Commando Battalion
Mech. Inf. Rgt. "Carabiniers Prins Boudewijn- Grenadiers" Mech. Inf. Rgt. "12 Ligne Prince Léopold- 13 Ligne" 3rd Paratroopers Battalion
Mechanized Inf. Rgt. "Bevrijding- 5 Linie" Mechanized Inf. Rgt. "Chasseurs Ardennais"
2nd Field Artillery Regiment 1st Field Artillery Regiment

The 1st Brigade, formerly the 1st Mechanised Brigade, is the Dutch-speaking Brigade of the Land Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. ... The 7th Brigade, formerly the 7th Mechanised Brigade, is the French-speaking Brigade of the Land Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. ... Logo of the Paracommando Brigade/IRC The Paracommando Brigade (Dutch/French: Brigade Paracommando) is an elite fighting force in the Belgian Land Component, consisting of three Paracommando battalions plus supporting units (artillery, logistics, engineering and intelligence). ...

Weapons

  • FN GP - 9mm pistol (standard service pistol)
  • FN P90 - 5.7mm submachine gun (only used by special forces and paracommandos)
  • FN FNC - 5.56mm assault rifle (standard service rifle)
  • FN F2000 - 5.56mm assault rifle (only used by special forces, but is likely to replace the FN FNC)
  • Accuracy International Arctic Warfare - 7.62mm sniper rifle
  • FN Minimi - 5.56mm light machinegun
  • FN MAG - 7.62mm medium machinegun
  • FN M2HB - 12.7mm heavy machinegun
  • M72 LAW - 66mm anti-tank rocket
  • MILAN - guided anti-tank missile
  • MISTRAL - infrared surface-to-air missile
  • LG1 Mark II - 105mm towed howitzer

The Browning Hi-Power is a semi-automatic, single-action, 9 mm pistol. ... “P90” redirects here. ... The FN FNC is an assault rifle designed by Fabrique Nationale de Herstal in the mid-1970s, based upon a failed previous attempt known as the Carabine Automatique Legere. ... The F2000 is an assault rifle manufactured by Fabrique Nationale de Herstal (FN Herstal). ... The Accuracy International Arctic Warfare rifle is a family of bolt-action sniper rifle designed and manufactured by the British company Accuracy International. ... The FN Minimi is a squad automatic weapon — the name coming from Mini-mitrailleuse (French: mini-machine gun. It is a 5. ... The FN MAG (or MAG-58) is a machine gun manufactured by Fabrique Nationale (FN), Belgium. ... It has been suggested that K6 HMG be merged into this article or section. ... The M72 LAW (Light Anti-Tank Weapon, also referred to as the Light Anti-Armor Weapon or LAW) is a portable one-shot 66 mm anti-tank weapon, designed in the United States by Talley Defense Systems, produced by Nammo Raufoss AS in Norway. ... For other uses, see Milan (disambiguation). ... Mistral Missile Tactical effective range ... The LG1 is the Canadian version of the 105 mm Light Gun, a modern towed light howitzer. ...

Vehicles

  • 132x Leopard 1A5 - main battle tank
  • 701x FV101 Scorpion - light tank
  • 514x AIFV-B - tracked infantry fighting vehicle (currently being replaced by the Mowag Piranha III wheeled infantry fighting vehicle)
  • 500x M113 - tracked armored personnel carrier
  • 60x Pandur APC - wheeled armored personnel carrier
  • 220x Dingo 2 - armored truck
  • Volkswagen Iltis - 4WD jeep (currently being replaced by the Iveco LMV multi-purpose vehicle)
  • M109A2 - self-propelled howitzer

The Leopard is the primary post-WWII German tank design, a design that has been in use as the primary main battle tank for most European countries in various versions since the early 1960s. ... The FV101 Scorpion is a British light tank, part of the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) or, CVR(T) family. ... The AIFV (Advanced Infantry Fighting Vehicle) is a tracked light armoured vehicle which serves as an infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) in the armies of several countries. ... The LAV III armoured vehicle (AV) is the latest (entering service in 1999) in General Motors light armoured vehicle (LAV) line. ... The M113 is an armored personnel carrier family of vehicles in use with the US military and many other nations. ... Pandur 8X8 APC Mowag Piranha LAV III Army-technology. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... The Volkswagen Type 183, more commonly known as the Iltis is a military vehicle built by Volkswagen for use by the German military and under license by Bombardier for the Canadian Forces. ... The Panther Command and Liaison Vehicle (or Panther CLV) is the version for the British Army of the Italian wheeled multi-role light vehicle Iveco Lince. ... The M109 is an American-made self-propelled 155 mm howitzer, first introduced in the early 1960s. ...

Ranks

Ranks in use by the Belgian Army are listed at Military of Belgium. Military branches: Army Component, Naval Component and Air Component Military manpower - military age: 16 years of age (2001) Military manpower - availability: males age 16-49: 2,436,736 (2005 est. ...


External links

  • Unofficial Paracommando Site (source for ranks) in Dutch
  • Belgian Army website (in French)
  • Belgian Army website (in Dutch)
  • Order of Battle
  • http://users.skynet.be/les.cuirassiers

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