The defense has been reduced in size and partly
modernized and (2006) amounts to about 70,000 men enlisted
(conscripted soldiers expired in 1996). It is organized in
an army of about 40,000 men with three army corps of eleven
brigades. A strategic reserve is formed by mobile brigades
including the airborne. The Navy comprises about 17,500 men
with three submarines, 14 fighters and frigates, 16 patrol
boats, a naval aircraft with about eleven older fighter
aircraft and five naval infantry battalions. The Air Force
comprises 12,000 men with approximately 110 fighter aircraft
and 15 armed helicopters. No trained reserves exist anymore.
The material is semi-modern and of western and indigenous
origin. Semi-military security forces amount to 31,000 men.
Defense costs have decreased from 3.8 to 1.0% of GDP in
1985-2006. Argentina participates in peacekeeping efforts in
Cyprus and Haiti. To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that ARG stands for Argentina.
Argentina's defense overview
Since 1995, military service in Argentina has been
voluntary. The total force figures for Argentina's armed
forces are 74,200 active personnel (2018, IISS). In
addition, 31 250 semi-military, including 18 000 in the
gendarmerie and 13 250 in the coast guard.
The army has a staff of 42,800 active personnel. Material
comprising 231 tanks of the type TAM, 117 light tanks (Kürassier
and variants thereof), 232 armored vehicles, 278 armored
personnel carriers, three armored fighters, and 42
self-propelled artillery. In addition, the Army has heavy
artillery, short range air defense missiles, light air
defense artillery, 14 light transport aircraft, five T-41
Mescalero training aircraft, and 72 helicopters.
The Air Force has a workforce of 12,900 active personnel.
Materials include 52 attack aircraft (22 A-4 Skyhawk and 30
IA-58 Pucará), one ELINT aircraft, two tankers, 27 transport
aircraft, 59 training aircraft (including 20 AT-63 Pampa,
which can also be used as light attack aircraft), and 48
helicopters. In addition, the Air Force has light air
The Navy has a workforce of 18,500 active personnel,
including 2,500 Marines. The fleet includes two tactical
submarines, one fighter, ten frigates, three corvettes, 13
patrol vessels, six landing craft and 18 auxiliary vessels.
Naval Air Force has two fighter aircraft of type Super
Étendard, one light attack aircraft, seven maritime patrol
and antiubċtfly seven light transport aircraft, ten trainers
and ten helicopters.
The Coast Guard has a staff of 13 250 active personnel,
69 patrol vessels, 11 auxiliary vessels, 9 aircraft and 13
Argentina participated in 2018 in the UN operation in
Cyprus (UNFICYP) with 244 personnel, and with observers in
the UN operations in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA),
in the Middle East (UNTSO), and in Western Sahara (MINURSO).