Republic of the Congo Military


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.

Republic Of The Congo Army

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.

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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.

Country data

Area: 342,000 km2 (world ranking: 63)

Residents: 5,261,000

Population density: 15 per km2 (as of 2017, world ranking: 118)

Capital: Brazzaville

Official languages: French

Gross domestic product: US $ 8.7 billion; Real growth: -4.6%

Gross national product (GNP, per resident and year): 1360 US$

Currency: CFA franc


Wallstr. 69, 10179 Berlin
Telephone 030 49400778,
Fax 030 48479897
E-Mail: [email protected]

Head of State: Denis Sassou-Nguesso, Head of Government: Clément Mouamba, Exterior: Jean-Claude Gakosso

National Day: 15.8.

Administrative structure
12 departments

State and form of government
Constitution of 2002
Presidential Republic
Parliament: National Assembly (Assemblée Nationale) with 151 members, election every 5 years; Senate (Sénat) with 72 members (indirectly elected for 6 years, 10 reserved for women), partial election every 3 years
Direct election of the head of state every 7 years (one-time re-election)
Suffrage from 18 years of age

Population: Congolese, last census 2007: 3,697.490 residents, mainly
Bantu groups: 52% Bakongo and Vili-Kongo, 24% Bateke and Bavili, 12% Mbochi; so-called pygmies, Ubangi groups and other

Cities (with population): (As of 2007) Brazzaville 1,373,382 pop., Pointe-Noire 715,334, Loubomo 83,798, Nkayi 71,620, Ouesso 28,179, Madingou 25,713, Owando 24,736, Sibiti 22,951, Loutété 19,212

Religions: 55% Protestants (thereof 33% Evangelicals), 32% Catholics, 2% Muslims; approx. 50% followers of indigenous religions (status: 2006)

Languages: French; Lingala, Monokutuba, Kikongo, Téké, Sanga, Ubangi languages, among others,

Employed by the: agricultural sector. 37%, industry 26%, business 37% (2017)

Unemployment (in% of all labor force): 2017: 11.0%

Inflation rate (in%): 2017: 0.5%

Foreign trade: Import: 2.8 billion US $ (2017); Export: US $ 5.1 billion (2017)