Armed Forces: In 1988 total strength estimated
army (69,000) navy (10,600), and air force (6,700).
Military Units: Army organized into four
(consisting of twelve infantry brigades), special forces
logistic support brigades, four specialized battalions,
mechanized cavalry regiment. Navy organized into four
commands (including five marine battalions), coast guard,
air arm. Air force organized into three combat air
tactical air support command, one military air transport
and one training command.
Equipment: Ground forces upgraded equipment in
purchase of tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided
antitank weapons and armored vehicles; other armored
mostly of World War II vintage. Major naval vessels
submarines, four frigates, four large patrol ships, two
craft, three river gunboats, two coastal patrol vessels,
river patrol craft. Air force equipment included jet
antiaircraft missiles; and various ground attack aircraft.
Police: National Police strength estimated at
1988; approximately 10 percent civilians. Police
minister of national defense. Police included numerous
units, including antinarcotics force and special rural
addition to National Police, Administrative Security
Customs Service had important law enforcement duties.
Data as of December 1988