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The defense, which is based on selective military duty with an initial service of 12 months, comprises (2008) 57,000 men and is organized into 4 divisions and 20 independent battalions. It has 2 submarines, 8 frigates/ corvettes, 13 patrol boats, 1 amphibious ship and 57 fighter aircraft. The reserves amount to 112,000 men and semi-military coastguard forces to 400 men. The material is semi-modern and of Western origin.

Military of Ecuador

Defense costs, which increased from 1.8% to 3.4% of GDP in 1985-96, had fallen to 1.9% of GDP in 2006. To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that ECU stands for Ecuador.

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