Togolese Armed Forces


Togolese Armed Forces

1. Order of battle
2. Overview
3. Defence economics
4. State of military forces
5. Country threat report
6. External deployments

1. Order of Battle

Total force strength Army: 8 800
Air Force: 650
Navy: 220
Paramilitary: 2 500 Gendarmerie
Armour 4: T-54/55
8: Scorpion
Reconnaissance 36: EE-9 Cascavel
10: AML-60/90
5: M-8
3: M-20
2: M-11 VBL
AIFV 20: BMP-2
APC 30: UR-416
4: M-3
6: APV
Self-propelled artillery 6: 122 mm
Towed artillery 4: M101A2 105 mm
Mortar 20: M-43 82 mm
Recoilless rifle 12: M-20 75 mm
10: Type-65 82 mm
Air defence gun 38: ZPU-4 14.5 mm
5: M-1939 37 mm
Structure Rapid Intervention Force (battalion strength)
4 combined arms regiments
1 Presidential Guard regiment (Commando)
1 para-commando regiment
1 support regiemtn
1 armoured group
Air Force
Trainer/light combat aircraft 5: Alpha Jet
4: EMB-326 Xavante
3: TB-30 Epsilon
4: CM-170 Magister
Transport aircraft 2: King Air 200
1: F28
1: Boeing 707-320B
2: DHC-5D
2: B58 Baron
2: Cessna 337
1: Do-27A4
Transport helicopter 1: SA 316
1: SA 315
1: SA 330 Puma
1: AS 332 Super Puma
Patrol/Strike boat (Gun/Missile/OPV/IPV) 2: Kara class (IPV)
2: RPB 33 (for delivery in March/July 2014)

2. Overview
Head of State: President Faure Essozimina Gnassingbe
Prime Minister: Kwesi Ahoomey-Zunu
Chief of Defence Staff: Colonel Felix Abalo Kadanga
Chief of Staff of the Army: M’ba Koffi Komlan Batanta
Chief of Staff of the Navy: Captain Adzoh Vinyo Kwassivi
Chief of Staff of the Air Force: Kodzo Attiou Sibat
Director General of the Gendarmerie: Lieutenant Colonel Damehame Yark
Conscription: 24 months (selective)
3. Defence economics
Defence budget percentage per GDP (2000-2010)

Defence budget per US$ Mil (2000-2011)

Defence budget percentage growth (2000-2011)

4. State of military forces

Togo’s military has a poor record in terms of interference in politics, with coups and assassinations, and a massive military crackdown in 2005 that killed hundreds during a flawed presidential election cemented the army’s reputation or brutality and human rights abuses. However, Togo has over the past decade made strides in improving its democratic process, and has continued to deploy peacekeeping troops to countries like Mali.

Piracy is a growing concern for Togo, which has responded to numerous attacks against ships in the Gulf of Guinea over the last several years and detained suspected pirates. Apart from piracy, smuggling is a large problem in the region. The country’s small navy has only a couple of medium vessels and a few RHIBs with which to patrol its 56 km coastline.

Although it has a very small air force, the Togolese air arm does possess combat-capable aircraft which comprise a regionally significant attack element equal to anything west of Nigeria.

5. Country threat report

Threat type Overview
External • Togo is facing no external military threat currently.
• Maritime piracy has become an increasing concern in recent years.
Internal • Togo is currently facing no internal security threat.
Regional • Togo’s neighbors are currently considered to be politically and militarily stable.
Political • Togo is considered to be politically stable
Economic • Food and cash crop production accounts for the majority of Togo’s economy, accounting for nearly 42% of GDP

6. External deployments

Operation Country Personnel/assets
Peacekeeping Darfur (UNAMID) Police: 140
Peacekeeping Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI) Police: 18
Experts on Mission: 7
Troops: 515
Peacekeeping Mali (AFISMA) 700


Minister of National Defence


Tel +228 212891

Armed Forces HQ

Route d’Atakpame


Tel +228 213523