New African Military profile: Algeria

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Algeria is one of the top military spenders in Africa, growing its defence spending by at least 6% through 2017, according to some estimates, as it modernises and re-equips to meet the challenge of insecurity and terrorism in the region.

Driven by oil and gas revenue, Algeria became the first country in Africa with military spending over $10 billion, an increase of 8.8% since 2012, and of 176% since 2004. Some estimates put 2013 defence spending at $10.3 billion, including $1.5 to $2 billion on procurement. Algeria has increased its defence budget for 2014 and is actively seeking new tankers, transports, helicopters and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft.

Algeria’s already vast military is scheduled to take delivery of a multitude of new hardware in the coming years, including two Russian Tigr corvettes, two improved Kilo 636 submarines, the Kalaat Beni-Abbes landing helicopter dock from Italy, 1200 Fuchs armoured vehicles and two Meko corvettes from Germany and three Chinese F22 frigates, amongst others.

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