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Namibia Army

The Army's principal roles continued to be as already outlined in the defence policy. The Army would strive to maximise its operational effectiveness through the recruitment of the best young men and women who wish to pursue a military career, their effective training and employment. The Army's equipment priorities were improved troop-lift capacity (road and air); engineer, artillery, anti-tank and air defence and communication systems: the aim being to create a secure, integrated, efficient and cost-effective systems.

The Army was to remain a well-disciplined and accountable, professional (all volunteer) force; it will include development of a Reserve; it would continue to train along the lines of other Commonwealth armies; it will train with other Namibian forces (such as the police) to rehearse plans for aid to the civil authorities, civil ministries and civil community; and it was to promote a good public image and contribute to the communities in which it is based.

The Army was to be developed into an effective and efficient arm of service to perform and meet all ground combat roles and requirements of the Defence Force. It shall be trained and equipped in such a way that it can operate independently, or as part of the joint force with the Air Force and the Navy. The development of the Army was to take account of the countrys contrasting geographical landscape and be tailored accordingly, so that no piece of the land of Namibia would be an impediment for troops to operate on and defend the country, should that need arise.

Presidential Guard battalion
Reconnaissance Company
Combat Support Brigade
U/I support battalion?
U/I transport battalion?
4 Artillery Brigade
U/I artillery regiment
U/I air defense regiment
U/I anti-tank regiment
12 Motorised Infantry Brigade [MOT INF BDE]
121 Motorised Infantry Battalion (121 Mot Inf Bn)
122 Motorised Infantry Battalion (122 Mot Inf Bn)
123 Motorised Infantry Battalion (123 Mot Inf Bn)
21 Motorised Infantry Brigade [MOT INF BDE]
211 Motorised Infantry Battalion (211 Mot Inf Bn)
212 Motorised Infantry Battalion (212 Mot Inf Bn)
213 Motorised Infantry Battalion (213 Mot Inf Bn)
26 Motorised Infantry Brigade [MOT INF BDE]
261 Motorised Infantry Battalion (261 Mot Inf Bn)
262 Motorised Infantry Battalion (262 Mot Inf Bn)
263 Motorised Infantry Battalion (263 Mot Inf Bn)
The Namibian Army order of battle is "poorly characterized" in the open literature. There appears to have been an appreciable increase in total end strength since the year 2000, and the ORBAT confusion may simply reflect the creation of units. The three Infantry Brigades are indepnedntly attested, as are a few of their battallions.
The Armys force design and structure was based on a conventional fighting force with a strategic force projection capability, by means of its ability to deploy troops anywhere within the borders of the Republic of Namibia and in the immediate neighborhood, in collaboration with other NDF arms of services. Its capability shall encompass the ability to deploy, operate and sustain troops in jungle, mountainous and desert combat environment.

The Army was to strive to remain a well-disciplined and accountable, professional all volunteer force, and continue to train along the lines of other friendly armies. It would train and rehearse plans for aid to the civil authorities, civil power and civil communities with the Namibian Police and other law enforcement agencies. In Addition, it would promote a good public image and assist the communities in which it is based. When called upon to assist the Namibian Police in the maintenance of law and order, it shall do so in the public interest and shall in no way be construed as assuming policing duties.

The Namibian Army celebrated its 19th in existence at Grootfontein Military Base-Sport Ground. The day usually celebrated on 03rd September 2009. Brig Gen Tomas Hamunyela, Acting Army Commander highlighted some notable achievement to name of the Namibian army, saying, the army has been able to assist other law enforcements and civil authorities in combating human and natural calamities. Locally, the army is cooperation with other security forces have successfully maintained peace, tranquility and stable environment for social and economic development by rendering assistance to the Civil Authorities and communities during the recurrent floods, distribution of drought relief, veldt fires, national immunizations, elections, railways construction and in many other areas, he said.

He also mentioned how the force robustly disperse Caprivi Secessionists attempt to dismember the Caprivi Region from the rest of the country and UNITA banditry activities in Kavango Region. Thanks to our gallant men and women that futile attempt was forcefully repelled and defeated and those with rebellious and sinister political motives are now facing the full wrath of the Law, said the Acting Army Commander. He also explained the involvement of the army in support of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that influenced peace in the former Zaire, adding that Along side other Southern Africa Development Community allied forces the Namibian Force assisted DRC to retain its sovereignty against the invading rebel forces of Rwanda and Uganda.

Army Equipment

90 95 00 05 10 15 16 20 25 30
Personnel ,000 - - - - - - - - - -
Active -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Reserve -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Equipment Source Inventory
Medium Tanks .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
mm T-55/34 SU -- -- -- -- -- - - - - -
Armored Vehicles .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
mm BRDM-2 SU -- -- -- -- -- 12 -- -- -- --
mm Casspir RSA -- -- -- -- -- 18 -- -- -- --
mm BTR-60 SU -- -- -- -- -- 10 -- -- -- --
mm Wolf 2 -- -- -- -- -- 30 -- -- -- --
mm WZ-523/Type-05P PRC -- -- -- -- -- 21 -- -- -- --
mm BTR-152 SU -- -- -- -- -- 6 -- -- -- --
Artillery .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
140mm G-2 towed artillery RSA -- -- -- -- -- 24 -- -- -- --
122mm BM-21 MRL SU -- -- -- -- -- 4 -- -- -- --
81mm Mortar -- -- -- -- -- 40 -- -- -- --
82mm B-10 anti-tank -- -- -- -- -- ? -- -- -- --
76mm ZIS-3 RCL -- -- -- -- -- 12 -- -- -- --
73mm RPG-7 Knout -- -- -- -- -- + -- -- -- --
Air Defense .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
23mm Zumlac AAA -- -- -- -- -- 12 -- -- -- --
14.5mm ZPU-4 SU -- -- -- -- -- 50 -- -- -- --
SA-7 Grail SU -- -- -- -- -- + -- -- -- --





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