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The defense of Peru has switched from military service to professional defense and comprises 80,000 men with 188,000 men in reserve (2008). The army, 40,000 men, is organized into 13 terrain-adapted brigades. The fleet comprises 25,000 men, including coastal surveillance of 1,000 men, and has six submarines, nine large surface combat vessels, 13 patrol boats, four amphibious vessels, a naval infantry brigade and a naval aircraft with twelve armed helicopters. The Air Force comprises 15,000 men with 100 fighter aircraft and 16 armed helicopters. Semi-military security forces amount to about 77,000 men. The material is semi-modern. Soviet, American and French origin.

Military of Peru

Defense costs fell from 4.5% to 1.4% of GDP in 1985-2005. Peru participates in the UN peacekeeping operations, including 210 people in Haiti. Two armed guerrilla movements, Sendero Luminoso and Tupac Amaro, comprise 1,500 and 100 men respectively. To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that PER stands for Peru.

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