The Senegalese armed forces consist of about 19,000 well-trained and disciplined personnel in the army, air force, navy, and gendarmerie. The Senegalese military force receives most of its training, equipment, and support from France and the United States. Germany also provides support but on a smaller scale.
Military noninterference in political affairs has contributed to Senegal's stability since independence. Senegal has participated in many international and regional peacekeeping missions. Most recently, in 2000, Senegal sent a battalion to the Democratic Republic of Congo to participate in MONUC, the United Nations peacekeeping mission, and agreed to deploy a United States-trained battalion to Sierra Leone to participate in UNAMSIL, another UN peacekeeping mission. (The training operation was designated Operation Focus Relief and involved U.S. Army Special Forces from 3rd Special Forces Group training a number of West African battalions, including Nigerian ones.)
Senegal intervened in the Guinea-Bissau civil war in 1998 at the request of former President Vieira.
A Senegalese contingent deployed on a peacekeeping mission to the Central African Republic in 1997, while in 1994, a battalion-sized force was sent to Rwanda to participate in the UN peacekeeping mission there.
In 1992 1,500 men were sent to the ECOMOG peacekeeping group in Liberia.
In 1991, Senegal was the only Sub-Saharan nation to send a contingent to participate in Operation Desert Storm.
In August 1981, the Senegalese military was invited into The Gambia by President Dawda Kairaba Jawara to put down a coup attempt. In August 1989, Senegalese-Gambian military cooperation, which began with the joint Senegalese-Gambian efforts during the 1981 coup attempt, ceased with the dissolution of the Senegambian Confederation.
At the present time, there exist seven military zones:
Each zone comprises a garrison office which caters to military issues and a social service office. The IISS Military Balance listed four zones in 2007.
14 Greyhound M-8 with 37mm gun(10)\ M-20 (4) 6x6 ARVs
28 Panhard AML-60 60mm mortar 4x4 ARVs
24 Panhard AML-90 90mm gun 4x4 ARVs
47 Armscor Eland-90 90mm 4x4 ARVs
12 VBX-170 APCs
12 Panhard M-3 4x4 APCs
10 Half-truck M-3 APCs
Ford M-151 Jeep 4x4
Reo M-35 6x6 trucks
Reo M-44 6x6 trucks
M-809 6x6 trucks
12 M-50 155mm Howitzers
6 M-101 105mm Howitzers
6 M116 Howitzer 75mm
8 Brandt 120mm heavy mortar
8 Brandt 81mm medium mortar
4-10 MBDA Milan ATGM Launchers
36 Larc-89\Strim 89mm Light ATRLs
12 Bofors L-60 40mm AAGs
21 53-T-2 20mm AAGs
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