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The defense of Nigeria encompasses 78,500 men enlisted and (2006) is organized in an army of 62,000 men with three divisions of two brigades. three major battleships and six patrol boats. The Air Force comprises 9,500 men with approximately 80 fighter aircraft and ten armed helicopters. Reserves are planned to be organized. Half-military security forces amount to 82,000 men, of which the port police have 2,000 men. The material is of varying semi-modern origin. Defense costs have decreased from 1.7 to 0.7% of GDP in 1985-2006. Nigeria participates in peacekeeping efforts in i.a. Burundi, Ivory Coast, Congo (Kinshasa), Ethiopia/Eritrea, Sierra Leone and Western Sahara and contributes with a Brigade in Sudan (UNMIS) and a Brigade in Liberia (UNMIL). To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that NG stands for Nigeria.

Military of Nigeria

Nigeria's defense overview

Nigeria has volunteer military service. The total force numbers for Nigeria's armed forces are 135,000 active personnel (2018, IISS). In addition, some 80,000 semi-military forces are arriving.


The army has a force of 100,000 active personnel. Materials include 319 tanks (176 Vickers Mk 3, 100 T-55 and 43 T-72), 157 Scorpion light tanks, 342 clearing vehicles, 32 storm tanks, about 655 armored personnel vehicles, and 69 self-propelled artillery (including 30 self-propelled artillery). In addition, the Army has medium-heavy artillery and anti-aircraft artillery.

Air Force

The Air Force has a force of 10,000 active personnel. Materials include 12 fighters of a F-7, two ELINT aircraft, 32 transport aircraft, 118 trainer (48 of which can also be used as light attack aircraft) and 54 helicopters, 15 of combat helicopters (six Mi-24 and nine Mi-35). In addition, the Air Force has light and heavy drones.

The Navy

The Navy has a force of 25,000 active personnel, including the Coast Guard. The fleet includes a frigate, a corvette, 120 patrol vessels, two minesweepers, four landings and one auxiliary. In addition, the Navy has five helicopters.

International operations

In 2018, Nigeria participated in the UN operations in Sudan (UNAMID) with 126 personnel and seven observers, and in Mali (MINUSMA) with 83 personnel and four observers. Nigeria also participated with observers and a small number of personnel in UN operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), Central African Republic (MINUSCA), Lebanon (UNIFIL), Somalia (UNSOS), Sudan (UNISFA), in the South -Sudan (UNMISS) and in Western Sahara (MINURSO).

In addition, Nigeria participated in the operations of ECOWAS in the Gambia (ECOMIG) with 200 personnel, and in Guinea-Bissau (ECOMIB) with 100 personnel.

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