The defense of Namibia comprises (2009) 9,000 men enlisted and is
organized into six battalions, six patrol boats and ten
combat aircraft. The material is mainly older and of Soviet
origin. Semi-military security forces comprise 6,000 men.
Defense spending increased in 1996-2007 from 3.0% to 3.2% of
GDP. Namibia participates with observers in the UN
peacekeeping operations in Ivory Coast (UNOCI), Liberia
(UNMIL) and Sudan (UNMIS, UNAMID). To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that NAM stands for Namibia.
Namibia's defense overview
The total force numbers for Namibia's armed forces are
9900 active personnel (2018, IISS). In addition, there are
6,000 semi-military police forces. The Navy was established
in 2002 with the help of the Brazilian government.
The army has a strength of 9,000 active personnel.
Materials include an unknown number of tanks of older Soviet
origin (T-54, T-55 and T-34), 12 clearing vehicles, seven
storm tanks, and 61 armored personnel vehicles. In addition,
the Army has medium-heavy artillery and anti-aircraft
The Air Force has eight fighters category F-7, five light
reconnaissance aircraft, six light transport aircraft, about
four trainers (which can also be used as light combat
aircraft), and eight helicopters (two combat helicopters of
the type Mi-25).
The navy has a force of about 900 active personnel, of
which about 700 marines, seven patrol vessels, one light
aircraft and one helicopter.
Namibia participated in 2018 with observers and a small
number of personnel in UN operations in Sudan (UNAMID and
UNISFA), and in South Sudan (UNMISS).