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.
Defense of the Republic of Congo overview
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.
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
The Air Force has a force of 1,200 active personnel, two
fighter aircraft of the Mirage F-1 type and four transport
The Navy has a force of about 800 active personnel, and
eight patrol vessels.
In 2018, the Republic of Congo participated in the UN
operation in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) with 10
personnel and two observers.