The defense includes (2008) 9,000 men enlisted and is
organized into three (small) brigades and 35 fighter
aircraft. Semi-military security forces amount to 1,500 men.
The material, older and of Soviet origin with low
reliability, has been partially replaced by more modern
Western material, including ten fighter aircraft F-5A
(Freedom Fighter). To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that BWA stands for Botswana.
Defense costs increased in 1985-96 from 1.1% to 6.7% of
GDP and then to 3% of GDP (2006). Botswana participates in
UN peacekeeping operations with observers in Sudan (United
Nations Mission in Sudan, UNMIS, and African Union Mission
in Sudan, AUMIS).