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After a long period of disputes during the 1990s (To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that MDG stands for Madagascar.), since 2003, stabilization has taken place. The defense, which has long been based on general military duty with an initial service of 18 months, comprises (2008) 13,500 men and is organized into 2 battalions that have 6 patrol boats and 8 armed helicopters. The conscripts are also used for civilian tasks. Semi-military security forces amount to 8,000 men. The material is older and of Soviet origin with an increased element of Western material.

Military of Madagascar

Defense costs increased in 1985-2006 from 2.0% to 5.4% of GDP. Madagascar participates in the African Union peacekeeping operation in Sudan (AUMIS).

Madagascar's defense overview

Madagascar has military service with 18 months of initial service. The total strength of Madagascar's armed forces is about 13,500 active personnel (2018, IISS). In addition, 8100 personnel come in a semi-military gendarmerie.


The army has a strength of about 12,500 active personnel. Materials include 12 light tanks of the PT-76 type, about 73 light trucks, and about 30 armored personnel vehicles. In addition, the Army has medium-heavy artillery and anti-aircraft artillery.

Air Force

The Air Force has a force of 500 active personnel, 16 transport aircraft, and four helicopters.

The Navy

The Navy has a force of 500 active personnel, including about 100 Marines, eight patrol vessels and one landed craft.

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