Armed Forces of Djibouti
|Commander in Chief :||
Ismail Omar Guelleh
|Active soldiers:||16,962 soldiers.|
|Eligibility for military service:||18–49 years|
|Military budget:||$ 0.369 billion (2011)|
|Share of gross domestic product :||3.7% (2011)|
The French Afar and Issa Territories gained independence on June 27, 1977 under the name of Djibouti. Relations between the Afar and Somali ethnic groups have been strained from the start. Hassan Gouled Aptidon made the RPP the only allowed unity party in 1981 . Afar, who felt they were disadvantaged, founded the rebel organization Front pour la Restauration de l'Unité et de la Démocratie (FRUD), which fought with the government army from 1991-1994. This Djiboutian civil war helped re-establish a multi-party system in 1992. However, the RPP - which the FRUD largely joined after the peace treaty - continues to dominate politics. In mid-2008, Djiboutian troops clashed with Eritrean troops several times in the disputed border area around Ras Doumeira . The US and the United Nations Security Council accused Eritrea of military aggression against Djibouti.
|T-72||Main battle tank||Soviet Union||-||Ordered in Yemen .|
|AMX-13||Light tank||France||60||Uncertain readiness for action.|
|BTR-80||Personnel carriers||Soviet Union||8th|
|BTR-60||Personnel carriers||Soviet Union||10||BTR-60PB .|
|Ratel -90||Armored personnel carriers||South Africa||9||12 shipped.|
|Casspir||wheeled armored vehicle||South Africa||9||Casspir III variant|
|Cougar||wheeled armored vehicle||United States||10|
|Panhard AML||Armored vehicles||France||20th||24 shipped.|
|BRDM-2||spotter||Soviet Union||12||Uncertain readiness for action.|
|Véhicule Blindé Léger||spotter||France||10|
|Humvee||Off-road vehicle||United States||14th|
|Land Rover Defender||Off-road vehicle||United Kingdom||13|
|Mercedes-Benz G-Class||Off-road vehicle||Germany||4th|
|Mercedes-Benz Unimog||Artillery tractor||Germany||4th|
|Toyota Land Cruiser||Off-road vehicle||Japan||26th|
|Urals-4320||Artillery tractor||Soviet Union||3|
|BM-21 degrees||Rocket launcher||Soviet Union||12|
|M109||Self-propelled howitzer||United States||10|
|120 mm RT-61 mortar||Heavy mortar||France||20th||Acquired in 1981.|
|122mm howitzer D-30 (2A18)||howitzer||Soviet Union||6th|
|105mm howitzer M56||howitzer||Yugoslavia|
The Force Aérienne du Djibouti (FAdD) has:
- Transport aircraft (1 Cessna 208 , 1 Let L-410 , 1 Xi'an MA60 , 2 Y-12 , 2 Short 330 )
- Helicopter (1 Eurocopter AS 355 , 2 Mil Mi-8/17 , 2 Mil Mi-35 ).
The Gendarmerie Nationale Djiboutienne is one of the armed forces of Djibouti, but mainly has police tasks.
Ranks and Rank Badges
|Rank group||Generals||Staff officers||Subaltern officers|
|Land, air and naval forces|
|Rank||General de division||General de brigade||Colonel||Lieutenant-Colonel||Commandant||Capitaine||Lieutenant||Sous lieutenant|
Oberleutnant zur See
|NATO rank code||OF-7||OF-6||OF-5||OF-4||OF-3||OF-2||OF-1|
NCOs and men
|Land and Air Forces|
|Rank||Adjudant chief||Adjudant||Sergent chief||Sergent||Caporal chief||Caporal||Soldier première||soldier|
|Sergeant Major||Staff Sergeant||Oberfeldwebel / Feldwebel||Staff NCO / NCO||Oberstabsgefreiter / Stabsgefreiter||Hauptgefreiter / Obergefreiter||Private||soldier|
|Rank||Maitre principal||Premier maitre||Maitre||Second maitre||Quartier-maitre se 1st class||Quartier-maitre se 2nd class||Matelot brevet||Matelot|
|Chief of Staff||Staff Captain||Captain / Boatswain||Chief Mate / Mate||Oberstabsgefreiter / Stabsgefreiter||Hauptgefreiter / Obergefreiter||Private||sailor|
|NATO rank code||OR-9||OR-8||OR-6||OR-5||OR-4||OR-3||OR-2||OR-1|
In addition to the troops of Djibouti, foreign contingents are stationed in the country, including the 5th Régiment interarmes d'outre-mer (5th RIAOM) of the French Army de Terre . In addition to France, as part of the Forces françaises stationnées à Djibouti (FFDj) (with around 2,000 soldiers; 2012) and the USA ( Camp Lemonier ), Germany maintains a permanent base known as the German Liaison and Support Group . The German Navy is currently deploying around 230 soldiers in the Horn of Africa as part of Operation Atalanta . The units will each be relocated to the Bab al-Mandab for several months in order to monitor shipping traffic from the southern Red Sea via the Gulf of Aden to the Gulf of Oman .
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- Jane's: Djibouti parades new armor
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- Djibouti armed forces receive 26 donated land cruisers
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