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.
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.