The defense of Niger, which is based on selective military duty
with an initial service of 24 months, comprises (2009) 5,200
men. It is organized into 13 company units. Semi-military
security forces amount to 5,400 men. Defense costs rose from
0.5% to 1.1% of GDP in 1985-2007. Niger participates in UN
peacekeeping operations in Ivory Coast (UNOCI) and with
observers in Burundi (BINUB), Congo (Kinshasa) (MONUC) and
Liberia (UNMIL). To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that NER stands for Niger.
Niger defense overview
Niger has selective military service with first-time
service of two years. The total force figures for Nigerian
Armed Forces are 5300 active personnel (2018, IISS). In
addition, 5400 semi-military forces, including 1,500
national police forces, 2,500 in the Republican Guard and
1400 in a gendarmerie. In 2018, France had a force in the
country of 500 personnel, including four fighter aircraft
and four combat drones (Operation Barkhane).
The army has a strength of 5200 active personnel.
Materials include 132 light trucks, 45 armored personnel
vehicles and ten self-propelled air defense artillery.
The Air Force has a force of 100 active personnel.
Material comprising two attack aircraft of the type Su-25,
six reconnaissance seven transport aircraft and seven
helicopters, two combat helicopters of the type Mi-24.
Niger participated in the UN operation in Mali (MINUSMA)
in 2018 with an infantry battalion (861 personnel) and two
observers, and with observers and a small number of
personnel in the UN operations in the Democratic Republic of
Congo (MONUSCO) and in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).