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Papua New Guinea


The defense of Papua New Guinea encompasses (2009) 3 100 men enlisted and is organized into two battalions and four patrol boats. Papua New Guinea has no fighter aircraft. Defense costs decreased in 1985-2007 from 1.5% to 0.7% of GDP. Australia has a military training unit of about 40 men in the country. To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that PNG stands for Papua New Guinea.

Military of Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea's defense

Papua New Guinea has a small and lightly equipped army and is supported by Australia. The total force of Papua New Guinea's armed forces is 3600 active personnel (2018, IISS). The country has no navy or air force of its own.

The land component is very lightly equipped and had no heavier weapons than bombers. The air component has a crew of about 100 personnel, three light transport aircraft and three helicopters. The sea component has a crew of about 200 personnel, four patrol boats and three landing craft.

International operations

Papua Ny-Buinea participated in 2018 in the UN operation in Sudan (UNAMID) with two observers.

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