Guinea - Armed forces





The armed forces numbered about 9,700 in 2002, including 8,500 in the army, 400 in the navy, and 800 in the air force. The army had 11 battalions with 38 T-34 and T-54 tanks among its predominantly Soviet-made equipment. The navy had 2 craft, and the air force 8 combat aircraft, including 4 Soviet-made MiG-21 fighters. There was a People's Militia of 7,000 and 2,600 in the gendarmerie and Republican Guard. Opposition forces numbered approximatley 1,800 in the Movement of the Democratic Forces of Guinea. Defense spending in 2001 was $137.6 million or 3.3% of GDP.

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