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Angolan Ministry of Defence - Luanda.

Last modified: 19 Apr 2020

Country: Angola   

Latitude: 8° 49' 15" S     Longitude: 13° 13' 33" E

Area use / Military Branches: Active


8°49'16"S 13°13'34"E MoD of Angola. controls the Angolan armed forces and the General Staff.

The Army operates a large amount of former Soviet and ex-Warsaw pact hardware. A large amount of its equipment was acquired in the 1980s and 1990s after hostilities with neighbouring countries and a civil war 1975-2002.
The International Institute for Strategic Studies reported in 2014 that the FAA had 6 divisions. Three of them each with 2 or 3 infantry brigades and three of them each with 5 or 6 infantry brigades. One of those included a tank regiment and a special forces brigade.

Air Force
Angola became independent from Portugal in November 1975. Former members of the Flying Club of Angola and aircraft left behind by the Portuguese Air Force formed the basis for the air transport branch of the force. The air force has been established in 1976 as the People's Air Force of Angola / Air and Antiaircraft Defense. A batch of Soviet MiG fighters was delivered in December 1975. The FAPA/DAA fought several battles with South African Air Force aircraft in 1981, 1982 and twice in 1987.and CIA reported that by 2007 the name of the force had changed to "National Air Force".
Most of the inventory is out of service and refers to equipment delivered through the years.
FAN has many bases – most of them, former Portuguese Air Force bases and other courtesy of the cold war – but few airplanes that actually fly. The main body of the active air force is made of transport/cargo planes, used for moving supplies, equipment and personnel..

Naval Force
The Angola Navy (Marinha de Guerra de Angola or MGA) is organized in a North and South zone with bases in Luanda, Lobito and Moçâmedes. It includes a naval infantry brigade and a naval school based in Ambriz. The navy numbers appx 1,000 personnel and operates a handful of small patrol craft and barges.Most of the vessels in the navy's inventory dates back from the 1980s or earlier, and many are inoperable due to age and lack of maintenance.

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