Armed Forces of the Republic of the Congo

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Armed Forces of the Republic of the Congo
Forces Armées de la République du Congo
Flag of the Republic of the Congo
Flag of the Republic of the Congo
Founded 1960
Service branches Army, Air Force, Navy, Gendarmerie, Presidential Guard
Manpower
Military age 20
Expenditures
Budget $110 million (FY93)
Percent of GDP 3.8% (FY93)
Industry
Domestic suppliers None

The Armed Forces of the Republic of the Congo include an Army, the Congolese Air Force, and a Navy (est. 800). Paramilitary organisations include 2,000 Gendarmerie in 20 companies, and a Presidential Guard, possibly organised into a battalion. (IISS 2007, p. 269)

On 5 February 2012, there were munitions explosions at a tank regiment (seemingly 'Regiment Blinde') barracks located in Brazzaville's fifth arrondissement, Ouenze. Some 206 people were initially reported killed. There are five military barracks in the city, and after the explosion officials said the government had promised to move all munitions out of the capital.[1]

Equipment[edit]

Tanks[edit]

Tanks are mostly older examples from the USSR.

Infantry fighting vehicles[edit]

Self Propelled guns[edit]

Small Arms[edit]

Anti-Aircraft guns[edit]

Aircraft Inventory[edit]

Roundel of the Congolese Air Force

The Congo's 10 military aircraft, including 3 helicopters, are operated by the Air Force.

Aircraft Type Versions In service[3] Notes
Aérospatiale SA 318 Alouette II utility helicopter SA-318C 1
Aérospatiale Alouette SA 316 Alouette III utility helicopter SA-316C 1
Antonov An-24 Coke transport 5
Antonov An-26 Curl transport 1
Eurocopter SA 365 Dauphin utility helicopter SA-365 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/206-people-dead-arms-depot-explodes-republic-congo-article-1.1033182, accessed 6 February 2012
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Jones, Richard D. Jane's Infantry Weapons 2009/2010. Jane's Information Group; 35 edition (January 27, 2009). ISBN 978-0-7106-2869-5.
  3. ^ Congolese military aviation OrBat