Military of Cape Verde

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People's Revolutionary Armed Forces
forcas armadas de Cabo Verde
Flag of Cape Verde.svg
Service branches Army, Coast Guard (includes maritime air wing)[1]
Chief of staff Jorge Tolentino
Conscription 14 months
Active personnel 1,200
Percent of GDP 0.7% (2005)
Foreign suppliers  United States
 Russia China

The Military of Cape Verde are the armed forces of the government of Cape Verde.


Currently,[when?] the People's Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARP) of Cape Verde are undergoing major reorganisation.[citation needed] The force has two independent branches, the Army and the Coast Guard. Both branches have their own air arm made up of mostly surveillance and transport aircraft. The combined force comprises about 1,200 soldiers, marines and coast guard personnel.

In the future, however, the military will be reduced to about 1,000 men. The Branches are to be reshuffled as well. The Army is going to be called the Cape Verdean National Guard, and it will be divided into three semi-autonomous branches:

  1. The Military Police,
  2. Os Fuzileiros (Marines), and
  3. the Infantry Battalion of the National Guard.

A Special Operation Unit is being created and is going to be attached to the marine brigade. The Cape Verdean government aims to make the Armed Forces more flexible and able to deal with terrorism, drug trafficking, disaster relief, and control its territorial waters.

The army also wants to send a team of medics to Mali but it is not going to send soldiers.

The former Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Solomon Passy proposed, Cape Verde may enter the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the NATO.[1]

Military equipment includes BRDM-2 and T-55 armoured vehicles, ZU-23-2 and ZPU-4 anti-aircraft guns, and AKM and RPK small armes.

Operation Flying Boat[edit]

Operation Flying Boat (Portuguese: Operacão lancha voadora) was a successful operation carried out by the Cape Verde police and army to try to put an end to a drug trafficking group who smuggled cocaine from Colombia to the Netherlands and Germany and who used Cape Verde as a reorder point. The whole operation took more than 3 years, being a secret operation during the 2 first years.





Military Police in Mindelo

Air Contingent[edit]

The Army also has its own air arm; after personnel training received from the USSR in 1982, three Antonov An-26 aircraft were delivered to Cape Verde – these were believed to be the only military aircraft possessed by the nation.[3] However these three aircraft were supplemented in 1991 by a Dornier Do 228 light aircraft equipped for use by the Coastguard, and, in the late 1990s by an EMB-110 aircraft from Brazil, similarly equipped for maritime operations. The government has been in negotiations with China to acquire multirole helicopters for both military and civilian use.

Manufacturer Model Origin Type Service entry Number Notes
Antonov Antonov An-26  USSR Tactical Transport 1982 3
EADS CASA Casa C-212 MPA[4]  SPA Maritime Patrol Aircraft 2008 1
Dornier Flugzeugwerke Dornier Do 228  GER Maritime usage 1991 1 2 delivered
Embraer EMB-110  BRA Airliner late 1990s 1

LET L-410 Turbolet UVP  USSR transport aircraft
Harbin Harbin Z-9  China Utility 2011 2

Coast Guard[edit]

Cape Verdian coast guard ship Tainha (P 262)
  • 1 Kondor I patrol craft – 360 tons full load – commissioned 1970
  • 1 Peterson MK 4 patrol craft – 22 tons – commissioned 1993
  • 1 other patrol craft – 55 tons


  1. ^ sprungbrett-nach-westafrika
  2. ^ a b c d Military Balance 2010, page 299
  3. ^ * World Aircraft Information Files. Brightstar Publishing, London. File 337 Sheet 02
  4. ^ " (in Spanish)". 
  • Further reading: Defense Intelligence Agency, Military Intelligence Summary - Africa South of the Sahara, DDB 2680-104-85, ICOD 15 October 1984, declassified by letter dated April 29, 2014.

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