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The defense is undergoing strong transformation. Russian and Chinese stock replaced earlier French and American. A bilateral agreement is the end between Venezuela and Bolivia aimed at strengthening Venezuela's defense during crises. The defense, which is based on selective military duty with a regionally varying initial service of up to 30 months, (2008) comprises about 115,000 men with 8,000 men in reserve. It has 4 divisions with 2 submarines, 6 frigates, 6 patrol boats, 4 amphibious vessels and 1 naval infantry division of 7,000 men. 4 naval infantry brigades and 94 fighter aircraft. Semi-military security forces amount to 23,000 men. The Russian Federation supplies (starting 2006) 24 modern SU 30 and 18 combat helicopters of the Mi-26 and Mi-35 types and 2 submarines.

Military of Venezuela

Defense costs decreased in 1985-2006 from 2.1% to 1.4% of GDP. The ongoing renovation is financed by means of oil production. To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that VZS stands for Venezuela.

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