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The Diadochi Armed Forces (Arabic: القُوَّات المُسَلَّحَة الديادوشى, DAF) also known as Royal Emirati Armed Forces, are the backbone of the military forces for the Diadochi. They include the general staff of the four services responsible for defense: the Army, the Navy, the Air Forces, and the Emirati Royal Guard (REG) under the Ministry of Defense (MoD) command. In addition, the Emirates maintains a large paramilitary force under the control of the Ministry of Interior. The DAF are one of the oldest and largest military powers in the Middle East region, and also referred as one of the best-funded defense forces in the world. Total defense spending currently accounts for 5% of total national GDP, which represents approximately $98,250,000,000. As of 2019, the Armed Forces number 678,000 active personnel, along with 455,000 reserves.
Spending on defense and security has increased significantly since the mid-1990s and was about US$67 billion in 2013, rising up to US$98 billion by 2019. Diadochi ranks among the top five nations in the world in government spending for its military, representing about 5% of GDP in 2013. Its modern, high-technology arsenal makes Diadochi among the world's most densely armed nations, with its military equipment being supplied primarily by the -----. According to SIPRI, in 2010–14 Diadochi became the world's second largest arms importer, receiving four times more major arms than in 2005–2009. Major imports in 2016 alone included 45 combat aircraft, 38 combat helicopters, 4 tanker aircraft, and over 600 armored vehicles. Diadochi has a long list of outstanding orders for arms, including 197 combat aircraft.
Commander-in-Chief: King Sultan bin Ahmed Al Subaai
Minister of Defense: General Sheikh Khalifa bin Khalid Al Subaai
Deputy Minister of Defense: Nasser bin Abdulaziz Al Hamad
Army Chief of Staff: Major General Saeed bin Tariq Al Mizhar
Navy Chief of Staff: Vice Admiral Meshaal bin Harab Al Marqawi
Air Force Marshal: Lieutenant General Khalid bin Bandar Al Faisal
Colonel of the Emirati Guard: Colonel Hamad Rashid Al Ahmed
Commander of the DAF Special Operations: Brigadier General Hussein bin Mubarak Al Assiri
The army is composed of three armored brigades, five mechanized brigades, one airborne brigade, one Royal Guard brigade, and eight artillery battalions. The army also has one aviation command with two aviation brigades.
The army's main equipment consists of a combination of French- and U.S.-made armored vehicles: 315 M–1A2 Abrams, 290 AMX–30, and 450 M60A3 main battle tanks; 300 reconnaissance vehicles; 570+ AMX–10P and 400 M–2 Bradley armored infantry fighting vehicles; 3,000+ M113 and 100 Al-Fahd armored personnel carriers, produced in Saudi Arabia; 200+ towed artillery pieces; 110 self-propelled artillery pieces; 60 multiple rocket launchers; 400 mortars; 10 surface-to-surface missiles; about 2,000 antitank guided weapons; about 200 rocket launchers; 450 recoilless launchers; 12 attack helicopters; 50+ transport helicopters; and 1,000 surface-to-air missiles.
The Navy has more than 60,000 officers and men, including Marines. The Naval headquarters is in Jeddah. The Western Fleet is based in the Red Sea with the main base at Jizan. The Eastern Fleet is based in the Arabian Gulf with headquarters at Manama. Other naval facilities were located at Yanbu, Dammam, and Ras Mishab.
The Diadochi Royal Air Force (DRAF ; Arabic: القوات الجوية الملكية الديادوشى) is the aviation branch of the Diadochi Armed forces. The DRAF has developed from a largely defensive military force into one with an advanced offensive capability, and the maintains the third largest fleet of F-15s after the U.S. and Japanese air forces.
The backbone of the DRAF is currently the Boeing F-15 Eagle, with the Panavia Tornado also forming a major component. The Tornado and many other aircraft were delivered under the Al Yamamah contracts with British Aerospace (now BAE Systems). The DRAF ordered various weapons in the 1990s, including Sea Eagle anti-ship missiles, laser-guided bombs and gravity bombs. Al-Salam, a successor to the Al Yamamah agreement will see 48 Eurofighter Typhoons delivered by BAE.