Zambian Defence Force

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Military of Zambia
Military agen/a
Available for
military service
2,477,494, age 15–49 (2004 est.)
Fit for
military service
1,310,814, age 15–49 (2004 est.)
Reaching military
age annually
NA (2004 est.)
Active personnel15,100
Budget$42.6 million (2003)
Percent of GDP0.9% (2003)

The Zambian Defence Force (ZDF) consists of the Zambia Army, the Air Force, and Zambian National Service (ZNS). The ZDF is designed primarily for internal defence in Zambia. Being a landlocked country, Zambia has no navy.


  • 3 x brigades
  • 1 x Armoured regiment composed of a Tank Battalion and 1 Armoured Reconnaissance Battalion. U.S. State Department International Military Education and Training records from FY-2006 indicate a Zambian officer attended from 64 Armoured Regiment at Mikongo Barracks, east Lusaka.[1]
  • 9 x Infantry battalions (including 3 reserve battalions)
  • 1 x Artillery Regiment (1 MRL battalion and 2 Field Artillery battalions)
  • 1 x Engineer Regiment


Small Arms

Vehicles and Towed Artillery

Origin Type Versions In service Notes
T-54/55 Template:USSR Main Battle Tank 25[3] Deliveries in 1976 and 1981.
PT-76 Template:USSR Light tank 50[3]
BTR-70 Template:USSR Armoured Personnel Carrier 20[3]
BTR-60 Template:USSR Armoured Personnel Carrier 13[3]
WZ551 Template:CHN Armoured Personnel Carrier 6X6 WZ551B variant.[3] 20
Buffel Template:ZAF Armoured Personnel Carrier Rhino variant. 1[3]
Ratel Template:ZAF Infantry Fighting Vehicle 14[4]
Ferret  United Kingdom Armoured car 28 Inherited from Northern Rhodesian security forces.[3]
BRDM-2 Template:USSR Scout car 44 Acquired in 1981.[3]
BRDM-1 Template:USSR Scout car 44 Acquired in 1980.[3]
D-30 Template:USSR Howitzer 24[3]
M-46 Template:CHN Howitzer Type 59. 18[3]
BM-21 Template:USSR MLRS 50[3]

Air Force

The Zambian Air Force is a small air force equipped with Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21|Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21MFs and Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19|Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-19S in addition to a range of transport aircraft and helicopters.

See also


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