Niger Military


The defense of Niger, which is based on selective military duty with an initial service of 24 months, comprises (2009) 5,200 men. It is organized into 13 company units. Semi-military security forces amount to 5,400 men. Defense costs rose from 0.5% to 1.1% of GDP in 1985-2007. Niger participates in UN peacekeeping operations in Ivory Coast (UNOCI) and with observers in Burundi (BINUB), Congo (Kinshasa) (MONUC) and Liberia (UNMIL). To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that NER stands for Niger.

Niger Army

Niger has selective military service with first-time service of two years. The total force figures for Nigerian Armed Forces are 5300 active personnel (2018, IISS). In addition, 5400 semi-military forces, including 1,500 national police forces, 2,500 in the Republican Guard and 1400 in a gendarmerie. In 2018, France had a force in the country of 500 personnel, including four fighter aircraft and four combat drones (Operation Barkhane).

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The army has a strength of 5200 active personnel. Materials include 132 light trucks, 45 armored personnel vehicles and ten self-propelled air defense artillery.

Air Force

The Air Force has a force of 100 active personnel. Material comprising two attack aircraft of the type Su-25, six reconnaissance seven transport aircraft and seven helicopters, two combat helicopters of the type Mi-24.

International operations

Niger participated in the UN operation in Mali (MINUSMA) in 2018 with an infantry battalion (861 personnel) and two observers, and with observers and a small number of personnel in the UN operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) and in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).