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Defense Force Army

PANAMA DEFENSE FORCE ARMY





Panama Coalition

DEFENSE FORCE ARMY

Founded

1968. Refunded in 1991

Type

Army

Role(s)

principal land warfare force

Size

  • 500.000 Active Personnel

  • 3.450.000 reserve

Part of

The Panama Coalition Defense Forces

Headquarters

Fort Clayton


Defense Force Army (Fuerzas de Defensa) of The Federal Republic of the Panama Coalition is the land-based branch and the largest component of the Panama Coalition Armed Forces. The Supreme Federal President of Panama Coalition is the Commander In Chief of the Army, and it is commanded by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), who is a four-star general. The Joint Chief of Staff commands all branches of the Defense Forces, including the army and he/she is a five-star general. As a branch of the Defense Forces, the mission of the Panama Coalition Army is to fight and win our Nation's wars, by providing prompt, sustained, land dominance, across the full range of military operations and the spectrum of conflict, in support of combatant commanders. The branch participates in conflicts worldwide and is the major ground-based offensive and defensive force of the Panama Coalition.

The army is made up of 70% professional soldiers, and is complemented by conscripts from all the Federated States of the Panama Coalition, who upon completing their 2-year service, become part of the Reserve of the Defense Forces. There is compulsory military service for most men and women over the age of 18, until the necessary number of army troops is completed. The rest of the conscripts become part of the Military Reserve or the National Guard. Some voluntarily enter the National Guard, which brings some benefits, such as extra salary and generous medical and private life insurance. Members of the National Guard perform military service until the age of 50, and the Reserve of the Defense Forces while their physical health allows it.

Mission

Defense Force Missions:

  1. To ensure national security and national unity.

  2. Defending the nation from external aggression and internal threats.

  3. Maintaining peace and security within its borders.

  4. Conducts humanitarian rescue operations during natural calamities and other disturbances, and can also be requisitioned by the government to cope with internal threats.

  5. Defending the Panama Canal.

  6. To participate in programs of international cooperation and peacekeeping.

Organization

Diagram detailing the organizational structure of the Defense Forces


The senior headquarters of the Department of the Defense Force, Headquarters Army consists of two staffs in the Defense Minister: the Office of the Secretary of the Army and the Defense Force Army Staff. These are headed by the Panama Coalition Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Panama Coalition Defense Force Army. The Chief of Army Staff is a 4-star General, and is subordinate to the Joint Chief of Staff Commander of the Armed Forces, who in turn follows the orders of the Supreme Federal President.

Operating Forces

The Panamanian Defense Force is organized into Commands, each responsible for a specific set of operational assets based on role. The various Commands are organized under the overarching leadership of Army Staff Headquarters. Certain Commands are further divided into sub-commands. The Defense Force Commands today:

  • Army Training and Doctrine Command

  • Army Materiel Command

  • Army Forces Command

  • North Command

  • Central Command

  • West Command

  • South East Command

  • South West Command

  • Army Special Operations Command

  • Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) of the Panama Coalition Defense Force

Oscar Naranjo
Major General (four Stars); Chief of Defense Force Army Staff

Defense Force Organization

ORGANIZATION:

ARMORED DIVISIONS:

3rd Cavalry Division (20 000 troops)
5th Armored Division (20 000 troops)
9th Cavalry Division (20 000 troops)
18th Armored Division (20 000 troops)
19th Armored Division (20 000 troops)

MECHANIZED DIVISIONS:

1st Infantry Division (20 000 troops)
2nd Infantry Division (20 000 troops)
4th Infantry Division (20 000 troops)
14th Republican Guard Division (30 000 troops)
17th Infantry Division (20 000 troops)
25th Infantry Division (20 000 troops)

INFANTRY DIVISIONS:

6th Light Infantry Division (12 000 troops)
7th Light Infantry Division (12 000 troops)
10th Mountain Division (16 000 troops) (Designated as a mountain warfare unit, intense specialized for fighting in mountainous and arctic conditions).
26th Jungle Infantry Division (16 000 troops) (4 Combat Infantry Brigades; 1 Air Defense Artillery Brigade; each Brigade have 1 Battallion of 400 horse cavalry troops and 1 Motorized cavalry Battalion.) (Specialized in tactics and strategies of guerrilla and counterinsurgency to operate and fight in any type of jungle in the World. It can fight like a regular infantry unit in other environments).

AIRBORNE DIVISIONS:

8th Airborne Division (10 000 troops)
12th Airborne Division (10 000 troops)
20th Airborne Division (10 000 troops)
22nd Air Assault Division (24 000 troops)

SPECIAL DIVISIONS:

11th Logistic Division (20 000 troops)
15th Federal Expeditionary Division (20 000 troops) ("Panamanian Expeditionary Force (PEF)" 1st Army Corps = 60 000 troops)
16th Command Division (9 000 troops)
21th Artillery Division (12 000 troops)
23rd Engineer Division (15 000 troops)
24th Air Combat Cavalry Division (20 000 troops)

RAPID DEPLOYMENT FORCE:

The Rapid Deployment Force (Fuerza de Despliegue Rápido - FUNDRA) (20 000 troops): It is a Army Infantry Corps, characterized by using air assault techniques for its operations against the insurgency, narco-terrorist organizations and in case of a conventional confrontation also to operate behind enemy lines. It is trained for irregular combat offensive operations. Are assault troops formed by 4 air mobile brigades and a battalion of support and services for combat. It is an elite unit of the army that develops actions against strategic objectives of the enemy and trained and prepared to act in any environment (jungles, plains, wasteland, Páramos and desert). Its main mission is to act against insurgent and terrorist groups within the national territory, but they can be deployed to missions outside the country.

SPECIALIZED BRIGADES:

  • 1st Medical Brigade (3 Regular field hospitals, 10 independent Reserve field hospitals, a medical evacuation regiment and 2 other specialist units).

  • 14th Engineer Brigade (6 000 personnel in of three brigade headquarters companies, seven battalions, six separate companies and nine detachments)

  • 17th Jungle Brigade, trained and experienced in jungle warfare (5 000 troops)

  • 19th Jungle Brigade, trained and experienced in jungle warfare (5 000 troops)

  • 21th Jungle Brigade, trained and experienced in jungle warfare (5 000 troops)

  • 27th Light Cavalry Brigade (5 000 troops) (90 M8 Light Tank; 90 ACV-19 IFV; 115 ACV-15 APC; 18 M109A7 155mm self-propelled howitzer battery (×3))

  • 35th Light Cavalry Brigade (5 000 troops) (90 M8 Light Tank; 90 ACV-19 IFV; 115 ACV-15 APC; 18 M109A7 155mm self-propelled howitzer battery (×3))

  • 44th Light Cavalry Brigade (5 000 troops) (90 M8 Light Tank; 90 ACV-19 IFV; 115 ACV-15 APC; 18 M109A7 155mm self-propelled howitzer battery (×3))

ARMY CORPS

Army Corps

Units

I Army Corps

"Panamanian Expeditionary Force (PEF)":

19 brigades (60.000 troops)

  • 15th Federal Expeditionary Division (20.000 troops)

    • 3 Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT)

    • 1 Engineer Brigade

    • 1 Combat Aviation Brigade

    • 1 Field Artillery brigade

    • 1 Sustainment Brigade)

  • 20th Military Police Brigade (3 500 troops)

  • 11th Field Artillery brigade (3 000 troops)

  • 77th Field Artillery brigade (3 000 troops)

  • 16th Field Artillery brigade (3 000 troops)

  • 6th Engineer Brigade (5 000 troops)

  • 3rd Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade (3 000 troops)

  • 16th Independent Armoured Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) (5 000 troops)

  • 24th Independent Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) (5 000 troops)

  • 41th Medical Brigade

  • 9th Air Defense Artillery Brigade

  • 36th Combat Aviation Brigade

  • 4th Signal Brigade (Corps)

  • 1st Corps Support Command

  • 1st Sustainment Command

II Army Corps

"Ecuatorian Corps":

(70 000 troops)

  • 5th Armored Division (20 000 troops)

  • 17th Infantry (Mech) Division (20 000 troops)

  • 17th Jungle Brigade (5 000 troops)

  • 19th Jungle Brigade (5 000 troops)

  • 21th Jungle Brigade (5 000 troops)

  • 32th Military Police Brigade (3 000 troops)

  • 44th Field Artillery brigade (3 000 troops)

  • 16th Medical Brigade

  • 33th Military Intelligence Brigade (2 000 troops)

  • 57th Air Defense Artillery Brigade

  • 61th Combat Aviation Brigade

  • 39th Signal Brigade (Corps)

  • 2nd Corps Support Command

  • 2nd Sustainment Command

III Army Corps

"Central America Corps":

(80 000 troops)

  • 14th Republican Guard Division (30 000 troops)

  • 7th Light Infantry Division (12 000 troops)

  • 25th Infantry (Mech) Division (20 000 troops)

  • 8th Military Police Brigade (5 000 troops)

  • 47th Field Artillery brigade (3 000 troops)

  • 29th Medical Brigade

  • 2nd Military Intelligence Brigade (3 000 troops)

  • 52th Air Defense Artillery Brigade

  • 42th Combat Aviation Brigade

  • 55th Signal Brigade (Corps)

  • 3rd Corps Support Command

  • 3rd Sustainment Command

IV Army Corps

"North Caribean Corps":

(70 000 troops)

  • 9th Cavalry Division (20 000 troops)

  • 4th Infantry (Mech) Division (20 000 troops)

  • 2nd Infantry (Mech) Division (20 000 troops)

  • 13th Military Police Brigade (3 000 troops)

  • 41th Field Artillery brigade (3 000 troops)

  • 59th Medical Brigade

  • 31th Military Intelligence Brigade (2 000 troops)

  • 60th Air Defense Artillery Brigade

  • 54th Combat Aviation Brigade

  • 12th Signal Brigade (Corps)

  • 4th Corps Support Command

  • 4th Sustainment Command

V Army Corps

"North East Corps":

(80 000 troops)

  • 3rd Cavalry Division (20 000 troops)

  • 6th Light Infantry Division (12 000 troops)

  • 26th Jungle Infantry Division (16 000 troops)

  • 74th Military Police Brigade (3 000 troops)

  • 37th Field Artillery brigade (3 000 troops)

  • 11th Medical Brigade

  • 40th Military Intelligence Brigade (2 000 troops)

  • 23th Air Defense Artillery Brigade

  • 63th Combat Aviation Brigade

  • 18th Signal Brigade (Corps)

  • 5th Corps Support Command

  • 5th Sustainment Command

VI Army Corps

"North Corps":

(80 000 troops)

  • 18th Armored Division (20 000 troops)

  • 19th Armored Division (20 000 troops)

  • 1st Infantry (Mech) Division (20 000 troops)

  • 27th Light Cavalry Brigade (5 000 troops)

  • 14th Engineer Brigade (6 000 personnel)

  • 24th Military Police Brigade (3 000 troops)

  • 30th Field Artillery brigade (3 000 troops)

  • 71th Medical Brigade

  • 65th Military Intelligence Brigade (2 000 troops)

  • 70th Air Defense Artillery Brigade

  • 15th Combat Aviation Brigade

  • 50th Signal Brigade (Corps)

  • 6th Corps Support Command

  • 6th Sustainment Command

VII Army Corps

"Airborne Corps":

(72 000 troops)

  • 8th Airborne Division (10 000 troops)

  • 12th Airborne Division (10 000 troops)

  • 20th Airborne Division (10 000 troops)

  • 22th Air Assault Division (24 000 troops)

  • 53th Military Police Brigade (4 000 troops) (airborne)

  • 25th Engineer Brigade (6 000 troops) (airborne)

  • 32th Medical Brigade

  • 51th Transportation Brigade (4 000 soldiers and operates in excess of 1000 ground vehicles)

  • 78th Air Defense Artillery Brigade

  • 7th Corps Support Command

  • 7th Sustainment Command

VIII Army Corps

"Central North":

(80 000 troops)

  • 10th Mountain Division (16 000 troops)

  • 24th Air Combat Cavalry Division (20 000 troops)

  • Rapid Deployment Force (Fuerza de Despliegue Rápido - FUNDRA) (20 000 troops)

  • 10th Independent Armoured Brigade (ABCT) (5 000 troops)

  • 31th Independent Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) (5 000 troops)

  • 35th Light Cavalry Brigade (5 000 troops)

  • 2nd Military Police Brigade (5 000 troops)

  • 1st Medical Brigade

  • 8th Military Intelligence Brigade (3 000 troops)

  • 22th Air Defense Artillery Brigade

  • 9th Signal Brigade (Corps)

  • 8th Corps Support Command

  • 8th Sustainment Command

SOLDIERS UNIFORMS

SPECIAL FORCES

  • 1st Ranger Brigade (2 000 troops)

  • 2nd Ranger Brigade (2 000 troops)

  • 3rd Ranger Brigade (2 000 troops)

  • 1st Special Forces Brigade (2 000 troops)

  • 2nd Special Forces Brigade (2 000 troops)

  • 1st Special Operations Forces: Kaibiles (singular: Kaibil) 3 groups, one consisting of instructors, and two consisting of 162 commandos apiece. Each group are divided into four 38-men platoons, further subdivided into squads of 9 soldiers.

  • 2nd Special Operations Forces: Special Jungle and Night Operations Troops (Tropa Especializada en Selva y Operaciones Nocturnas - TESÓN) (3 companies)

  • 3rd Special Operations Forces: Special Counter-Terrorism Command (Comando Especial Anti-Terrorista, CEAT)

  • 4th Special Operations Forces: Counter-terror unit "GEO" (Grupo Especial de Operaciones).

  • 5th Special Operations Forces: Jungle Warfare Special Operations Iwia Battalion No. 60, recruited from local warrior tribes like the Shuar, Záparo, Kichwa and Achuar. (Jungle Warfare and Counter-insurgency).

  • 6th Special Operations Forces:The Special boat detachments called ratas de río or fusileros fluviales (sea rats). Three Battalions with a strength of 550 men, equipped with forty Vector and Phantom tactical speed-patrol boats.

  • FAP (Fuerza Aerea Panameña) Special Operations Forces: Comandos Especiales Aereos (CEA) is an elite unit of the Panamanian Air Force (FAP). The unit is tasked with specialized missions primarily involving hostage rescue and counter-terrorism, as well as direct action and special reconnaissance against high-value targets and Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) missions. CEA had an strength of 500 troops; organized into 25-man sections. Each of these sections had three assault teams, a security team and a support element. Is the equivalent of US Delta Force and British SAS.

  • Navy Special Warfare Group One: 1-5 Sea-Air-Land (SEAL) Team.

  • Navy Special Warfare Group Two: 6-10 Sea-Air-Land (SEAL) Team.

MERCENARIES FORCES

Wolf Regiment: 17 000 troops.

Blacknight Brigade: 10 000 troops.

Flying Tigers Air Group Mercenaries of the Air: 2 500 men/women; 120 aircraft.

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VEHICLES

ARMOR:

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3.500 Leopard 2A6/2A7+ Main Battle Tank
500 M8A1 Bufford Expeditionary Light Tank (ELT)

ARMORED VEHICLES:

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3.000 M2A3 Bradley IFV
1.000 M3A3 Bradley Cavalry Fighting Vehicle (CFV)
500 Puma IFV
800 ACV-15/19 IFV
70 ACV-30 AD/SPAAG Korkut
350 BvS-10 Viking All Terrain Armoured Vehicle
5.000 M113A3/AS4 APC and Support Variants
400 B1 Centauro (Cavalry Reconnaissance Vehicle)
300 Patria AMV (Armored Modular Vehicle)
1.000 M1126 Stryker IFV (LAV-III)
4.000 M1126 Stryker (LAV-III)
40 M1128 Stryker Mobile Gun System (Anti-Tank Variant)
2.000 M1117 Textron TAPV (Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle)

UTILITY AND MULTIPURPOSE VEHICLES:

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50.000 Hummer (Humvee ) (HMMWV)
15.000Tiuna UR-53AR50 multipurpose military vehicle
20.000 Oshkosh L-ATV (Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle)
4.000 Panhard VBL
15.000 Toyota HiLux/Land Cruiser Pickup
500 VLC Cobra 3.0/4.0 Tactical Assault Vehicle
500 Light Strike Vehicle (LSV)

MINE RESISTANT AMBUSH PROTECTED VEHICLES (MRAP)

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6.000 M-ATV (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicles) Oshkosh 4x4
3.000 International MaxxPro MRAP
1.000 ATF Dingo 2 MRAP 4x4
1.200 Cougar H MRAP 4x4
2.000 Cougar HE MRAP 6x6
50 KADDB-modified Cougar MRAP Vulcan gun.
1.000 Caiman MTV 6x6
500 GFF4 (KMW Grizzly) MRAP 6x6
500 Buffalo wheeled mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) 6x6

TRUCKS AND ENGENERING VEHICLES

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150 M548A4 Cargo Carrier 4.8-ton
20.000 M939 Truck 5-ton 6×6
4.000 M1070A1 Oshkosh 8×8 heavy tractor (Payload is 63,560 kg - 80,000 kg at reduced speeds)
70.000 M1078 FMTV LMTV 2.5-ton standard cargo truck 4x4
1.000 M1079 Van LMTV 2.5-ton cargo truck 4x4
25.000 M1083/A1 FMTV (Medium Tactical 5-Ton Truck) 6x6
11.500 M1088 FMTV Truck Tractor 6x6
25.000 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT)

MTVR 7-ton (Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement) 6x6
MTVR MK27 & MK28 (15-ton on primary and secundary roads; 7.1 ton on all terrains) (army; navy and marines) 6x6
MTVR Tactical Refueller
MTVR MK31 47-ton Truck Tractor 6x6

ENGENERING VEHICLES

800 Bergepanzer Büffel (BPz-3) armored recovery vehicle.
400 Pionierpanzer 3 Kodiak Combat engineering vehicle
200 Leguan Leopard 2 heavy tracked armoured vehicle bridge layer AVLB
150 Panzerschnellbrucke 2 (PBS 2) armored bridgelayer

SPECIAL PURPOSE VEHICLES:

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Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS)
Electronic Warfare Tactical Vehicle (EWTV)
Jackal Supacat Light Wheeled Personnel Carrier (Special Forces)
Christini AWD motorcycle (Rangers and Special Forces)
ATV (All Terrain Vehicle)

ARTILLERY AND ROCKET LAUNCHERS:

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200 M119 (105 mm) Towed Howitzer
320 M777A2 (155 mm) Towed Howitzer medium-sized
350 Joya SAA-1 (105 mm) self-propelled howitzer (Nexter LG-1 MK-III Howitzer over a M939 Truck 5-ton 6×6)
100 M109A7 (155 mm) self-propelled howitzer + 100 M992A2 Field Artillery Ammunition Supply Vehicle (FAASV).
800 PzH 2000 (155 mm) self-propelled howitzer
130 M110A2 (203 mm) self-propelled howitzer
300 M142 HIMARS (MLRS)
800 M270 MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System)
04 Jobaria Defense Systems Multiple Cradle Launcher (MLRS)

AIR DEFENSE SYSTEMS:

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400 M6 Linebacker Air Defense System
800 M1097 Avenger Air Defense System, (AN/TWQ-1)
250 M163A3 Machbet Air Defense System (VADS) (On M113A3)
100 Stryker OrbitalATK'S Anti-Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Defense System (AUDS)
140 Stryker Short-Range Air Defense (SHORAD)
200 Oshkosh L-ATV Short-Range Air Defense (SHORAD)
300 NASAMS (National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System) SLAMRAAM (Surface Launched AMRAAM-120D)

AIRBORNE DIVISIONS VEHICLES:

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1.100 BMD-4M airborne amphibious armoured infantry fighting vehicle (IFV)
200 2S25 Sprut SD Airborne Amphibious self-propelled tank destroyer or light tank
400 BTR-MDM Rakushka airborne multi-role armoured vehicle
100 M1128 Stryker Mobile Gun System (Anti-Tank Variant)
220 M119 (105 mm) Towed Howitzer
180 M777A2 (155 mm) Towed Howitzer medium-sized
150 M1097 Avenger Air Defense System, (AN/TWQ-1)
400 2.5 ton Truck
500 Panhard VBL
100 Hummer command vehicles
3.600 Hummer utilities
1.000 Flyer 72 (Advanced Light Strike Vehicle)
1.000 Polaris Dagor Ultra-Light Combat Vehicle (ULCV)
1.300 Polaris MRZR4 light tactical all-terrain vehicle (LTATV)

1.500 M1161 Growler internally transportable light strike vehicle (ITV-LSV) (Marines Corps)

RESERVE:

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800 M60A3 Patton Tank
200 M60 Sabra Tank
4.000 M113A1/A2 APC (armored personnel carrier) (All Types)
100 Dragoon 300 AFV (armoured fighting vehicle)
100 Armadillo APC
500 LAV-150A1 Amphibious APC (armored personnel carrier)
500 M-462 Abir - Nimrod (ATGM) Anti-tank system
200 BM-21 Grad MRLS
5.000 M35A2 Truck 2.5-ton 6×6

ARMY AVIATION

ATTACK/ASSAULT HELICOPTERS:
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250 AH-60L Arpía IV
550 AH-64E Apache Guardian

FIRE SUPPORT/OBSERVATION HELICOPTERS:
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400 OH-58D/F Kiowa Warrior

ELECTRONIC WARFARE HELICOPTERS:
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40 EH-60L Black Hawk

SPECIAL OPERATIONS AVIATION (SOA):
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40 AH-6i / MH-6M Little Bird
20 MH-60M Black Hawk
20 MH-47G Chinook

TRANSPORT/UTILITARIES HELICOPTERS:
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15 Mi-26T Pemon
250 CH-47F Chinook
150 EC-725 (HH-225M) Caracal
120 NH-90 TTH Caiman
800 UH-60L/M/Q Black Hawk
800 CH-146 Griffon
80 AS-565 Panther
200 EC-645 T2 (H145M)

200 Bell-206A/B/L JetRanger (training)

AIRCRAFT:
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03 C-37 Gulfstream V
15 C-295
50 RC-12 Huron
20 C-12 Huron (Super King Air 200)
20 C-212 Aviocar
30 Cessna 208 Caravan


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