Namibia Military


The defense of Namibia comprises (2009) 9,000 men enlisted and is organized into six battalions, six patrol boats and ten combat aircraft. The material is mainly older and of Soviet origin. Semi-military security forces comprise 6,000 men. Defense spending increased in 1996-2007 from 3.0% to 3.2% of GDP. Namibia participates with observers in the UN peacekeeping operations in Ivory Coast (UNOCI), Liberia (UNMIL) and Sudan (UNMIS, UNAMID). To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that NAM stands for Namibia.

Namibia Army

The total force numbers for Namibia’s armed forces are 9900 active personnel (2018, IISS). In addition, there are 6,000 semi-military police forces. The Navy was established in 2002 with the help of the Brazilian government.

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The army has a strength of 9,000 active personnel. Materials include an unknown number of tanks of older Soviet origin (T-54, T-55 and T-34), 12 clearing vehicles, seven storm tanks, and 61 armored personnel vehicles. In addition, the Army has medium-heavy artillery and anti-aircraft artillery.

Air Force

The Air Force has eight fighters category F-7, five light reconnaissance aircraft, six light transport aircraft, about four trainers (which can also be used as light combat aircraft), and eight helicopters (two combat helicopters of the type Mi-25).

The Navy

The navy has a force of about 900 active personnel, of which about 700 marines, seven patrol vessels, one light aircraft and one helicopter.

International operations

Namibia participated in 2018 with observers and a small number of personnel in UN operations in Sudan (UNAMID and UNISFA), and in South Sudan (UNMISS).