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Angola Military


The Angolan Armed Forces (Forcas Armadas Angolanas - FAA) is headed by a Chief of Staff who reports to the Ministry of Defence. There are three divisions, namely the Army (Exército), Navy (Marinha de Guerra - MGA), and National Air Force (Força Aérea Nacional - FAN). Total manpower in 2007 was about 130,500. Its equipment includes Russian-manufactured fighters, bombers, and transport planes. There are also Brazilian-made EMB-312 Tucano for training role, Czech-made L-39 for training and bombing role, Czech Zlin for training role and a variety of western made aircraft such as C-212\Aviocar, Sud Aviation Alouette III, etc.

A small number of AAF personnel are stationed in the the Congo DR (Kinshasa) and the Congo Republic (Brazzaville). A presence during the unrest in Cote d'Ivoire (2010/2011) were not officially confirmed. Angola is basically interested in the participation of the FAA operations of the African Union and has formed special units for this purpose.


Military branches :
Angolan Armed Forces (Forcas Armadas Angolanas, FAA): Army, Navy (Marinha de Guerra Angola, MGA), Angolan National Air Force (Forca Aerea Nacional Angolana, FANA; under operational control of the Army) (2011)

Military service age and obligation :
20-45 years of age for compulsory and 18-45 years for voluntary male military service; conscript service obligation - 2 years; 20-45 years of age for voluntary female service; Angolan citizenship required; the Marinha de Guerra Angola (Navy, MgA) is entirely staffed with volunteers (2011)

Manpower available for military service :
males age 16-49: 3,062,438
females age 16-49: 2,964,262 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service :
males age 16-49: 1,546,781
females age 16-49: 1,492,308 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually :
male: 155,476
female: 152,054 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures :
3.6% of GDP (2009)





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