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Military of Ethiopia
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Military age 16-49 years old
Available for
military service
8,794,315, age 16–49 (2010 est.)
Fit for
military service
4,757,344, age 16–49 (2010 est.)
Reaching military
age annually
(2010 est.)
Active personnel 182,500 (2011) [1]
Reserve personnel 350000
Budget $1.2 Billion [2]
Percent of GDP 1.3% (2011 est.)
Foreign suppliers United States
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History British Expedition to Abyssinia
Ethiopian–Egyptian War
Mahdist War
First Italo-Ethiopian War
Second Italo-Ethiopian War
World War II
Korean War
Eritrean War of Independence
Ogaden War
1982 Ethiopian–Somali Border War
Ethiopian Civil War
Eritrean–Ethiopian War
War in Somalia (2006–09)
Operation Linda Nchi

The Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) is the military of Ethiopia. Civil direction of the military is carried out through the Ministry of Defense, which oversees the ground forces, air force, as well as the Defense Industry Sector. The current defense minister is Siraj Fergessa.[3]

The size of the ENDF has fluctuated significantly since the end of the Ethiopia-Eritrea war in 2000. In 2002 the Ethiopian Defense Forces had a strength of approximately 400,000 troops.[4] This was roughly the same number maintained during the Derg regime that fell to the rebel forces in 1991. However, that number was later reduced, and in January 2007, during the War in Somalia, Ethiopian forces were said to comprise about 300,000 troops.[5] In 2012 the IISS estimated that the ground forces had 135,000 personnel and the air force 3,000.[6]

As of 2012, the ENDF consists of two separate branches: the Ground Forces and the Ethiopian Air Force.[6] Ethiopia has several defence industrial organisations that produce and overhaul different weapons systems. Most of these were built under the Derg regime which planned a large military industrial complex. The ENDF relies on voluntary military service of people above 18 years of age. Although there is no compulsory military service, armed forces may conduct call-ups when necessary and compliance is compulsory.[7]

Being a landlocked country, Ethiopia today has no navy. Ethiopia acquired a coastline on the Red Sea in 1950 and created the Ethiopian Navy in 1955. Eritrea's independence in 1991 left Ethiopia landlocked again, but the Ethiopian Navy continued to operate from foreign ports until it finally was disbanded in 1996.

History of the Army

The Ethiopian army's origins and military traditions date back to the earliest history of Ethiopia. Due to Ethiopia's location between the Middle East and Africa, it has long been in the middle of Eastern and Western politics, and has been subject to foreign invasion and aggression.In 1579, the Ottoman Empire's attempt to expand from a coastal base at Massawa was defeated.[citation needed] The Army of the Ethiopian Empire was also able to defeat the Egyptians in 1868 at Gura, led by Ethiopian Emperor Yohannes IV.[citation needed]

Clapham wrote in the 1980s that the "Abyssinians [had suffered] from a 'superiority complex' which may be traced to Gundet, Gura and Adwa".[8]

In accordance with the order of the emperor of Ethiopia, Directly Nikolay Leontiev organized the first battalion of the regular Ethiopian army in February 1899. Leontiev formed the first regular battalion, the kernel of which became the company of volunteers from the former Senegal shooters, which he chose and invited from Western Africa, with training of the Russian and French officers. The first Ethiopian military orchestra was organized at the same time.[9][10]

Battle of Adwa

The Battle of Adowa is the best known victory of Ethiopian forces over invaders. It maintained Ethiopia's existence as an independent state. Fought on 1 March 1896 against the Kingdom of Italy near the town of Adwa, it was the decisive battle of the First Italo–Ethiopian War. Assisted by all of the major nobles of Ethiopia including, Negus, Tekle Haymanot of Gojjam, Ras Makonnen, Ras Mengesha Yohannes, and Ras Mikael of Wollo, Emperor Menelek II of Ethiopia struck a powerful blow against the Italians.

The Ethiopian army had been able to execute the strategic plan of Menelik's headquarters, despite a feudal system of organization and adverse circumstances. A special role was played by the Russian military advisers and the volunteers of Leontiev's mission.[11][12][13] The first problem was the quality of its arms, as the Italian and British colonial authorities were able to sabotage the transportation of 60,000 to 100,000 modern Berdan rifles from Russia into landlocked Ethiopia.[14]

Secondly, the Ethiopian army was based on a feudal system of organization, and as a result, nearly the entire army was a peasant militia. Russian military experts advising Menelik II suggested trying to achieve full battle collision with Italians, to neutralize the superior firepower of their opponent and potentially nullify their problems with arms, training, and organization, rather than engaging in a campaign of harassment.[15] In the battle that ensued wave upon wave of Menelik's warriors successfully attacked the Italians.

Boundary confrontation against the British colonialists 1896–1899

After the successful colonial capture of the Sudan, Kenya and Uganda, the British expansion against Ethiopia became a real danger, which diminished only after the start of the Second Boer War in 1899. The Ethiopian army became more effective against British colonial forces. The numerous expeditions of Ethiopian forces stopped colonial expansion. As the Russian Alexander Bulatovich, one of the Russian military advisers and a participant in the expedition of the legendary army of Ras Wolde Giyorgis, wrote:

"Many consider the Abyssinian army to be undisciplined. They think that it is not in any condition to withstand a serious fight with a well-organized European army, claiming that the recent war with Italy doesn't prove anything. I will not begin to guess the future, and will say only this. Over the course of four months, I watched this army closely. It is unique in the world. And I can bear witness to the fact that it is not quite so chaotic as it seems at first glance, and that on the contrary, it is profoundly disciplined, though in its own unique way. For every Abyssinian, war is normal business, and military skills and rules of army life in the field enter in the flesh and blood of each of them, just as do the main principles of tactics. On the march, each soldier knows how to arrange necessary comforts for himself and to conserve his strength; but on the other hand, when necessary, he shows such endurance and is capable of action in conditions which are difficult even to imagine.

You see remarkable expediency in all the actions and skills of this army; and each soldier has an amazingly intelligent attitude toward managing the mission of the battle.

Despite such qualities, because of its impetuousness, it is much more difficult to control this army than a well-drilled European army, and I can only marvel at and admire the skill of its leaders and chiefs, of which there is no shortage."[15]

In obedience to the agreement with Russia and the order of Menelik II, First Ethiopian officers began to be trained at the First Russian cadet school in 1901. 30 to 40 Ethiopian officers were trained in Russia from 1901 until 1913.

Under Haile Selassie I

Modernization of the army took place under the regency of Tafari Mekonnen, who later reigned as Emperor Haile Selassie I. He created an Imperial Bodyguard, the Kebur Zabagna, in 1917 from the earlier Mahal Safari who had traditionally attended the Ethiopian Emperor. Its elite were trained at the French military academy at Saint-Cyr or by Belgian military advisers. He also created his own military school at Holeta in January 1935.[16]

Ethiopian military aviation efforts were initiated in 1929, when Tafari Mekonnen hired two French pilots and purchased four French biplanes.[17] By the time of the Italian invasion of 1935, the air force had four pilots and thirteen aircraft.

However, these efforts were not sufficient nor instituted in enough time to stop the rising tide of Italian fascism. Ethiopia lost its independence in the Italian invasion of Ethiopia of 1935-36. The country regained its independence after the 1941 East African Campaign of World War II with the intervention of forces from the British Commonwealth of Nations.

Ethiopia bought twenty AH-IV tankettes from Sweden in the late 1940s. They arrived in Djibouti on 9 May 1950 after which they were carried by rail to Addis Ababa. They were used until the 1980s when they participated in the fighting against Somalia.[18]

Korean War

Ethiopian soldiers in the Korean War, 1951

In keeping with the principle of collective security, for which Haile Selassie was an outspoken proponent, Ethiopia sent a contingent under General Mulugeta Buli, known as the Kagnew Battalion, to take part in the Korean War. It was attached to the American 7th Infantry Division, and fought in a number of engagements including the Battle of Pork Chop Hill.[19] 3,518 Ethiopian troops served in the war, where 121 were killed and 536 wounded during the Korean War.[20]

On 25 September 1953, Selassie created the Imperial Ministry of National Defence that unified the Army, Air Force, and Navy.[21] In May 1959, he established the Imperial Territorial Army as a reserve force that provided military training to civil servants

In 1960 the U.S. Army Area Handbook for Ethiopia described the very personalised command arrangements then used by the Emperor:[22]

The Emperor is by constitutional provision Commander-in-Chief, and to him are reserved all rights respecting the size of the forces and their organisation and command, together with the power to appoint, promote, transfer and dismiss military officers. He seeks the advice and consent of Parliament in declaring war. Traditionally, he assumes personal command of the forces in time of war.'

The Office of the Chief of Staff of the Imperial Ethiopian Armed Forces directed the Commanders of the Army, Air Force, and Navy, and the three army divisions were directly responsible to the Commander of the Army.[23] The three divisions seemingly included the Third Division in the Ogaden, seen as a hardship post.[24] While technically the Imperial Bodyguard (Kebur Zabagna) was responsible to the Army Commander, in reality its commander received his orders directly from the Emperor.

Balambaras Abebe Aregai was one of the noted patriotic resistance leaders of Shoa (central Ethiopia) that rose to preeminence in the post-liberation period.[25] He became Ras, a general and minister of defence of the Imperial Ethiopian Armed Forces until his death in the 1960 Ethiopian coup attempt.

Aman Mikael Andom commanded the Third Division during the Ogaden War of 1964. He later became chief of staff of the Armed Forces in July 1974, and then Minister of Defence.[26] He then became chairman of the Derg from September to December 1974.

Emperor Haile Selassie divided the Ethiopian military into separate commands. The US Army Handbook for Ethiopia notes that each service was provided with training and equipped from different foreign countries "to assure reliability and retention of power."[27] The military consisted of the following: Imperial Bodyguard (also known as the "First Division", 8,000 men); three army divisions; services which included the Airborne, Engineers, and Signal Corps; the Territorial Army (5,000 men); and the police (28,000 men).[27]

Among reported U.S. equipment deliveries to Ethiopia were 120 M59 and 39 M75 armoured personnel carriers.

Seizure of power by the Derg 1974 and aftermath

The Coordinating Committee of the Armed Forces, Police, and Territorial Army, or the Derg (Ge'ez "Committee"), was officially announced 28 June 1974 by a group of military officers to maintain law and order due to the powerlessness of the civilian government following widespread mutiny in the armed forces of Ethiopia earlier that year. Its members were not directly involved in those mutinies, nor was this the first military committee organized to support the administration of Prime Minister Endelkachew Makonnen: Alem Zewde Tessema had established the Armed Forces Coordinated Committee 23 March. However, over the following months radicals in the Ethiopian military came to believe he was acting on behalf of the hated aristocracy, and when a group of notables petitioned for the release of a number of government ministers and officials who were under arrest for corruption and other crimes, three days later the Derg was announced.[28]

The Derg, which originally consisted of soldiers at the capital, broadened its membership by including representatives from the 40 units of the Ethiopian Army, Air Force, Navy, Kebur Zabagna (Imperial Guard), Territorial Army and Police: each unit was expected to send three representatives, who were supposed to be privates, NCOs and junior officers up to the rank of major. According to Bahru Zewde, "senior officers were deemed too compromised by close association to the regime."[29]

The committee elected Major Mengistu Haile Mariam as its chairman and Major Atnafu Abate as its vice-chairman. The Derg was initially supposed to study the grievances of various military units, and investigate abuses by senior officers and staff, and to root out corruption in the military. In the months following its founding, the power of the Derg steadily increased. In July 1974 the Derg obtained key concessions from the Emperor, Haile Selassie, which included the power to arrest not only military officers, but government officials at every level. Soon both former Prime Ministers Tsehafi Taezaz Aklilu Habte-Wold, and Endelkachew Makonnen, along with most of their cabinets, most regional governors, many senior military officers and officials of the Imperial court found themselves imprisoned.

When the Derg gained control of Ethiopia, they lessened their reliance on the West. Instead they began to draw their equipment and their sources for organisational and training methods from the Soviet Union and other Comecon countries, especially Cuba. During this period, Ethiopian forces were often locked in counter-insurgency campaigns against various guerrilla groups. They honed both conventional and guerrilla tactics during campaigns in Eritrea, and the Ethiopian Civil War that toppled Ethiopian former military dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam in 1991 and also by repelling an invasion launched by Somalia in the 1977–1978 Ogaden War.[30]

The Ethiopian army grew considerably under the Derg (1974–1987), and the People's Democratic Republic of Ethiopia under Mengistu (1987–1991), especially during the latter regime. Gebru Tareke describes the organization of the Ethiopian military in early 1990, a year before Mengistu fled the country:

Ethiopian ground forces comprised four revolutionary armies organized as task forces, eleven corps, twenty-four infantry divisions, and four mountain divisions, reinforced by five mechanised divisions, two airborne divisions, and ninety-five brigades, including four mechanised brigades, three artillery brigades, four tank brigades, twelve special commando and paracommando brigades – including the Spartakiad, which became operational in 1987 under the preparation and guidance of North Koreans – seven BM-rocket battalions, and ten brigades of paramilitary forces.[31]

Estimated forces under arms increased dramatically:[32]

  • 1974: 41,000 (Ethiopian Revolution)
  • 1977: 53,500 (Ogaden War)
  • 1979: 65,000
  • 1991: 230,000 (overthrow of Mengistu)

Cuba provided a significant influx of military advisors and troops over this period, with the largest escalation during the Ogaden War with Somalia, supported by a Soviet airlift:[33]

  • 1977–1978: 17,000 (Ogaden War)
  • 1978: 12,000
  • 1984: 3,000
  • 1989: All forces withdrawn

1991 Order of Battle

By 1991, the Ethiopian army under the Mengistu government had grown in size, but the regime was overcome by the People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ, former EPLF), Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and other opposition factions during a decades long civil war. Mengistu's People's Militia had also grown to about 200,000 members. The mechanized forces of the army comprised 1,200 T-54/55, 100 T-62 tanks, and 1,100 armored personnel carriers (APCs), but readiness was estimated to be only about 30 percent operational, because of the withdrawal of financial support, lack of maintenance expertise and parts from the Soviet Union, Cuba and other nations.[32]

Ethiopian T-62 tanks at the end of the Ethiopian Civil War.

The army commands consisted of the following:

  • First Revolutionary Army (headquartered at Harar)
  • Second Revolutionary Army (headquartered at Asmera)
  • Third Revolutionary Army (headquartered at Kombolcha)
  • Fourth Revolutionary Army (headquartered at Nekemte)
  • Fifth Revolutionary Army (headquartered at Gondar)

To these armies were assigned the operational forces of the army, comprising:

From 1991

After the defeat of the military government in 1991, the provisional government disbanded the former national army and relied on its own guerrilla fighters for national security.[34] In 1993, however, the Tigrayan-led government announced plans to create a multi-ethnic defence force. This process entailed the creation of a new professional army and officer class and the demobilization of many of the irregulars who had fought against the military government. With the collapse of the Soviet Union Ethiopia again turned to the Western powers for alliance and assistance. However, many Tigrayan officers remained in command positions. This transformation was still underway when war with Eritrea broke out in 1998, a development that saw the ranks of the armed forces swell along with defense expenditures.

Although the armed forces have significant battlefield experience, their militia orientation has complicated the transition to a structured, integrated military.[34] Ranks and conventional units were only adopted in 1996. A United States-assisted effort to restructure the armed forces was interrupted by mobilisation for the war with Eritrea.

The Ethiopia-Eritrea war

Soldier of Ethiopian National Defense Force, 2006.

The former allies EPRDF and PFDJ (former EPLF) led their countries Ethiopia and Eritrea, respectively, into the Eritrean-Ethiopian War of 1998. The war was fought over the disputed region of Badme. During the course of the war, some commanders and pilots from the former army and air force were recalled to duty. These officers helped turn the tide decisively against Eritrea in 2000. Following the war's end, the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission, a body founded by the UN, established that the Badme region had in fact belonged to Eritrea.[35] Although the two countries are now at peace, Ethiopia rejected the results of the international court's decision, and continued to occupy Badme. Most observers agree that Ethiopia's rejection of international law, coupled with the high numbers of soldiers maintained on the border by each side – a debilitatingly high number, particularly for the Eritrean side – means that the two countries are effectively still in conflict.[citation needed]

After the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, the Ethiopian army began to train with the U.S. Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) established in Djibouti. Ethiopia allowed the US to station military advisors at Camp Hurso.[36] Part of the training at Camp Hurso has included U.S. Army elements, including 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry, training the 12th, 13th and 14th Division Reconnaissance Companies, which from July 2003 were being formed into a new Ethiopian anti-terrorism battalion.[37]


Ethiopian troops helped drive the Islamic Courts Union out of Mogadishu in Somalia.

Ethiopia sent troops to southern Somalia to help the UN backed weak transitional government. The TFG, Ethiopia and Puntland fought together against al Shabab and other radical Islamists to take over the capital Mogadishu. After the Islamists split into two groups, moderate Islamists led by Sheikh Ahmed signed a UN backed peace deal with the TFG and established a larger government in Mogadishu. Ethiopian troops withdrew as part of the terms of the peace deal. Government forces have been engaged in battle against Ogaden insurgents led by the Ogaden National Liberation Front.

Gabre Heard commanded the forces in Somalia.

Ground Forces

The modern ENDF has a wide mix of equipment. Many of its major weapons systems stem from the Communist era and are of Soviet and Eastern bloc design. The United States was Ethiopia's major arms supplier from the end of World War II until 1977, when Ethiopia began receiving massive arms shipments from the Soviet Union.[citation needed] These shipments, including armored patrol boats, transport and jet fighter aircraft, helicopters, tanks, trucks, missiles, artillery, and small arms have incurred an unserviced Ethiopian debt to the former Soviet Union estimated at more than $3.5 billion.

Ethiopia made significant purchases of arms from Russia in late 1999 and early 2000 before the May 2000 United Nations arms embargo went into effect.[34] It is likely that much of that equipment suffered battle damage in the war with Eritrea, suggesting that raw numbers alone may overstate the capacity of the defense forces.

The International Institute for Strategic Studies estimated in the Military Balance 2009 that the army comprised 4 Military Regional Commands; (Northern (HQ Mekele.[38]), Western, Central, and Eastern) each acting as corps HQ.[39] There was also a Support Command and a strategic reserve of 4 divisions and 6 specialist brigades centred on Addis Ababa.

Each of the four corps comprised a headquarters and an estimated one mechanised division and between 4-6 infantry divisions.


Ethiopia has served in various United Nations and African Union peacekeeping missions. These have included Côte d'Ivoire,[40][41] on the Burundi border,[40][42] and in Rwanda.

Two major Ethiopian missions are in Liberia and Darfur. The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) was established by United Nations Security Council Resolution 1509, of 19 September 2003, to support the implementation of the ceasefire agreement and the peace process, protect United Nations staff, facilities and civilians, support humanitarian and human rights activities; as well as assist in national security reform, including national police training and formation of a new, restructured military.[43] In November 2007, nearly 1,800 Ethiopian troops serving with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) were presented with UN Peacekeeping medals for their "invaluable contribution to the peace process."[44] Up to three Ethiopian battalions used to constitute Sector 4 of the UN Mission, covering the southern part of the country.

Many thousands of Ethiopian peacekeepers are involved in the joint African Union/United Nations Hybrid operation in Darfur, western Sudan. The Security Council authorized a UNAMID force of about 26,000 uniformed personnel.[45][46]

Modern ground forces equipment

Infantry weapons

Name Type Origins Notes
Makarov Semi-automatic pistol  Soviet Union [47]
Beretta Model 38 Sub-machine gun  Italy [48]
UZI Sub-machine gun  Israel [47]
AK-103 Assault rifle  Russia\ Ethiopia The Gafat Armament Engineering Complex produces the AK-103 rifle in Ethiopia. Supplements the AKM and AK-47 in the Ethiopian Armed Forces.[49]
AK-47 Assault rifle  Soviet Union [47]
AKM Assault rifle  Soviet Union 100,000+ [47][49]
PSL (rifle) Designated marksman rifle  Romania Ethiopian soldier training with an American 10th Mountain division counterpart [50]
BM59 Assault rifle\LMG BM-59 MK-4  Italy [47]
G3 Assault rifle  Germany [51]
Vz. 58 Assault rifle  Czechoslovakia [47]
TAR-21 Bullpup assault rifle  Israel The bodyguards of the Ethiopian Prime Minister have been seen with the TAR-21.[52]
RP-46 "Degtyaryov" Light machine gun  Soviet Union [47]
RPD Light machine gun  Soviet Union [47]
RPK Light machine gun  Soviet Union [47]
DShK Heavy machinegun  Soviet Union [47]

Tanks Armored fighting vehicles

Name Type Origins Notes
T-72 Main battle tank  Soviet Union 300+[53] delivered. 200+ from Ukraine, 60 were bought from Yemen and some were in service from Soviet Union
T-62 Main battle tank  Soviet Union
T-54/55 Main battle tank  Soviet Union A total of 1,270 T-55 (900 from  Soviet Union+40 from  Belarus+190 from  Bulgaria+50 from  East Germany+90 from  Libya) and 260 T-54 (200 from  Soviet Union+60 from  East Germany Delivered
BTR-60PB Armored personnel carrier  Soviet Union 550 Delivered
BMP-1 Infantry fighting vehicle  Soviet Union 80[54] received. These vehicles were ordered in 1977 from Soviet Union and delivered between 1977 and 1978.[55] Current condition unknown.
M113 Armored personnel carrier United States up to 150 Delivered


game Type Quantity Origins Notes
Type-88\ WA-021 155mm towed howitzer 18  China
Type-63 107mm MRLs 25  China
BM-21 Grad 122mm MRLs 158  Soviet Union
2S19 MSTA-S 152mm SPH 120  Russia
2S5 M-1973 152mm SPH 10  Russia\ Soviet Union
2S1 Gvozdika 122mm SPH 10  Soviet Union
122mm D-30 SP on type 85 APC 122mm SPH 55  Soviet Union\ China\ Ethiopia
180mm S-23 180mm towed gun 100 reported  Soviet Union
M114A-1 155mm towed howitzer ? United States 12 Delivered
D-20 152mm towed howitzer 20  Soviet Union
M-46 130mm towed gun +  Russia\ Soviet Union\ Kazakhstan 138 delivered
D-30 122mm towed howitzer 250  Russia\ Soviet Union\ Kazakhstan 640 delivered
M-30 122mm towed howitzer 100  Soviet Union 250 Delivered
M101A-1 105mm towed howitzer ? United States 52 Delivered status unknown
Oto Melara Pack M-56 105mm towed howitzer ?  Italy 4-40 delivered
T-12 2A19 100mm gun +  Soviet Union 50 Delivered
D-44 85mm gun ?  Soviet Union Status unknown
Zis-3 M-1943 76mm gun ?  Soviet Union
M116 75mm Pack howitzer ? United States 36 Delivered stastus Unknown
M-43 120mm heavy mortar 100 +  Soviet Union
QF-25 25PDR 87.6mm towed gun\howitzer reported  United Kingdom out of service
M30 107mm heavy mortar + United States 146 Delivered
M2 107mm heavy mortar + United States 140 Delivered
M-43 82mm medium mortar +  Soviet Union
M29\M-29A1 81mm medium mortar + United States
M1 81mm medium mortar + United States
M19 60mm light mortar + United States

Air defence & Anti Tank weapons

Name Type Quantity Origins Notes
Kolchuga passive sensor passive radio detection radar station 3[56]  Ukraine
ZSU-23-4 "Shilka" Self-propelled anti-aircraft gun 60[57]  Soviet Union
ZSU-57-2 Self-propelled anti-aircraft gun 10[58]  Soviet Union 10 ordered in 1977 from Soviet Union and delivered in 1978 (the vehicles were previously in Soviet service).
SA-3B Goa SAM 25(x4) Launchers\900 missiles  Soviet Union S-125 Neva\Pechoca
SA-2 Guideline SAM 18 Launchers  Soviet Union S-75 Dvina
SA-6 Gainful SP-SAM ?-Reported  Soviet Union 2K12 Kub
SA-4 Ganef SP-SAM ?  Soviet Union 2K11 Krug
SA-9 Gaskin SP-SAM +  Soviet Union 9K31 Strela-1
SA-18 Igla MANPAD 200 Launchers  Russia
SA-7\SA-7B MANPAD 1,550 missiles Delivered 300 Launchers  Soviet Union
FIM43C Redeye MANPAD orderd,never dilvered United States
ZU-23 23mm towed AAG +  Soviet Union
M-1939 37mm towed AAG +  Soviet Union
S-60 57mm towed AAG +  Soviet Union
ZPU 14.5mm x2\4 towed AAG +  Soviet Union
M163 Vulcan 20mm SP-AAG ordered,never delivered United States
M55 Quad 4x 12.7mm AAG out of service United States 16 Delivered
Son-9 fire control radar 20  Soviet Union
Oerlikon-S 20mm AAG out of servise   Swiss
Bofors M36 40mm AAG out of service  Sweden\United States 50 Delivered
BGM71-A\C TOW ATGM Launcher 22 Launchers\600 missiles United States
AT-14 Kornet-E ATGM Launcher 80 reported  Russia
Combat anti-tank missile for T-72 2,000  Ukraine
AT-6 Spiral ATGM Launcher 10  Soviet Union 9K114 Shturm
AT-4 Spigot ATGM Launcher 50  Soviet Union 9K-111 Fagot
AT-3 Sagger ATGM 1,000 missiles  Soviet Union for BMP-1&BRDM-2 9K-11 Malyutka
Nord SS-11 ATGM 4 Launchers  France
RPG-7\RPG-7V Light ATRLs +  Soviet Union\ Ethiopia
RPG-18 Light ATRLs +  Russia
M72 Law Light ATRLs +(?) United States Status Unknown
M79 GL 1,009 Delivered United States
B-11 RCL 107mm +  Soviet Union
M40A1C1 RCL 105\6mm ? United States
B-10 82mm RCL +  Soviet Union

Logistics and support vehicles

Name Type Quantity Origins Notes
HMMWV Armored multi-purpose vehicle ???? United States Unknown quantity delivered.[59]
Ural truck +  Soviet Union
PTS-M Amphibious transporter +  Soviet Union
Reo M35 truck + United States
Gaz-63 truck +  Soviet Union
UAZ-469 utility +  Soviet Union
M37 Light truck + United States
Toyota Land Cruiser utility +  Japan
Mercedes Benz truck +  Germany
Ford M151A1\2 jeep + United States
Willys Jeep jeep + United States
MTU-55 AVLB +  Soviet Union
T-55 ARV Recovery tank +  Soviet Union

See also


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