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Republic of the Congo


The defense of Republic of the Congo encompasses (2006) 10,000 men enlisted and is organized into four battalions, three patrol boats and a few fighter aircraft. Semi-military security forces, including a presidential guard, amount to 2,000 men. The equipment is older and of Soviet origin with low reliability. Defense costs were 1.7% of GDP in 1985-96 and (2006) amount to 1.0% of GDP. Congo participates in UN peacekeeping operations in the Central African Republic and with observers in Sudan. To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that ROC stands for Republic of the Congo.

Military of Republic of the Congo

Defense of the Republic of Congo overview

The Republic of Congo has volunteered military service. The total strength of the Republic of Congo is 10,000 active personnel (2018, IISS). In addition, 2,000 semi-military come in a gendarmerie.


The army has a strength of 8,000 active personnel. Materials include 40 tanks of the T-54, T-55 and type 59, 13 light tanks (three PT-76 and 10 type 62), 25 clearing wagons, and about 133 armored personnel vehicles. In addition, the army has heavy artillery and air defense artillery.

Air Force

The Air Force has a force of 1,200 active personnel, two fighter aircraft of the Mirage F-1 type and four transport aircraft.

The Navy

The Navy has a force of about 800 active personnel, and eight patrol vessels.

International operations

In 2018, the Republic of Congo participated in the UN operation in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) with 10 personnel and two observers.

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