Military of Burundi

Military of Burundi
Military of Burundi
Service branches Army
Commander-in-Chief Pres. Pierre Nkurunziza
Minister of National Defense & War Veterans Lt. Gen. Germain Niyoyankana
Percent of GDP 12.6% (FY93)

The Military of Burundi consists of the Army and the Gendarmerie. The naval and air units are incorporated within the Army.

Army equipment includes BTR-40, Panhard AML, Shorland armoured car, and Walid armoured vehicles, ZPUair defence guns, and Heckler & Koch G3 and FN MAG small arms.


Small Arms

Model Origin Type
Browning M-1900  Belgium Pistol
Browning HP  Belgium Pistol
MAT-49  France Sub-machine gun
FN FAL  Belgium Battle Rifle
AKM  Soviet Union AR
H&K G3  Germany Battle Rifle
FN FALO  Belgium Light Machine Gun variant of the FAL rifle.

FN FAL 50-00  Belgium SAR.
RPD  Soviet Union Ligth Machine Gun
FN MAG  Belgium General Purpose Machine Gun
Browning M1919A4  USA General Purpose Machine Gun
Browning M2 HB  USA Heavy Machine Gun

Anti-tank weapons

Model Origin Type
RL-83 Blindicide  Belgium Rocket launcher
RPG-7  Soviet Union Rocket launcher
M20 Super Bazooka  USA Rocket launcher
MILAN  France\ Germany Anti-tank Guided Missile


Model Type Origin Count
Panhard M3 Armored Personnel Carrier  France 9
T-55 100mm with upgrade armour MBT  Soviet Union 10
GAZ BTR-80 Armored Personnel Carrier  Russia 10
Panhard AML 90- Lynx Armored Car  France 24
Panhard AML 60 Armored Car  France 6
BRDM-2 Reconnaissance Vehicle  USSR 30
BTR-40 Armored Personnel Carrier  USSR 40
Shorland S-52 Armored Car  UK 7
Walid Armored Personnel Carrier  Egypt 6
RG-31 Armored Personnel Carrier  South Africa 12
Casspir-MK-III Armored Personnel Carrier  South Africa 10
M8 Greyhound Armored Car  USA 7


Anti-aircraft weapons

Aircraft inventory

The Burundi Army's air unit operates 16 aircraft, including 2 combat aircraft and 7 helicopters.

Aircraft Origin Type Versions In service[1] Notes
Aérospatiale SA 316 Alouette III  France utility helicopter SA 316B 3
Aérospatiale SA 342 Gazelle  France utility helicopter SA 342L 2
Mil Mi-8 Hip
 Soviet Union
utility helicopter
Cessna 150  United States liaison 3
Dassault Falcon 50  France VIP transport 1
Dornier Do 27  Germany liaison Do 27Q 1
Mil Mi-24 Hind Hind-E  Soviet Union attack helicopter 3
SIAI-Marchetti SF 260  Italy trainer
light attack

SIAI-Marachetti SF 260

Eurocopter AS-350B Ecureuil
Light helicopter
Douglas C-47 Dakota
 United States
Transport aircraft

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