The Armed Forces of the Republic of the Congo include an Army, the Congolese Air Force, and a Navy (est. 800). Paramilitary organisations include 2,000 Gendarmerie in 20 companies, and a Presidential Guard, possibly organised into a battalion. (IISS 2007, p. 269)
On 5 February 2012, there were munitions explosions at a tank regiment (seemingly 'Regiment Blinde') barracks located in Brazzaville's fifth arrondissement, Ouenze. Some 206 people were initially reported killed. There are five military barracks in the city, and after the explosion officials said the government had promised to move all munitions out of the capital.
Tanks are mostly older examples from the USSR.
- T-54/55 - 25
- Type 59 - 15
- Type 63 - 8
- PT-76 - 3 ordered in 1971 from the Soviet Union and delivered in 1972 (the vehicles were second hand)
Infantry fighting vehicles
Self Propelled guns
- FN FAL
- Walther PP
- TT pistol
- 37 mm automatic air defense gun M1939
- 57 mm AZP S-60
The Congo's 10 military aircraft, including 3 helicopters, are operated by the Air Force.
|Aérospatiale SA 318 Alouette II||utility helicopter||SA-318C||1|
|Aérospatiale Alouette SA 316 Alouette III||utility helicopter||SA-316C||1|
|Antonov An-24 Coke||transport||5|
|Antonov An-26 Curl||transport||1|
|Eurocopter SA 365 Dauphin||utility helicopter||SA-365||1|
- http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/206-people-dead-arms-depot-explodes-republic-congo-article-1.1033182, accessed 6 February 2012
- Jones, Richard D. Jane's Infantry Weapons 2009/2010. Jane's Information Group; 35 edition (January 27, 2009). ISBN 978-0-7106-2869-5.
- Congolese military aviation OrBat
- This article incorporates public domain material from the CIA World Factbook document "2003 edition".
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