Former Portuguese colony
PAIGC leader Amilcar Cabral was assassinated in 1973.
PAIGC guerrillas found refuge in Senegal and Guinea during their struggle for independence.
Gained independence from Portugal in 1974.
Deliberate attempt by the colonial Portuguese to assimilate the people in their African colonies.
Civil War 1998
Continuous civil unrest and coup attempts typical of most African nations.
Many small offshore islands that allow drug dealers to drop bales of drugs that are later picked up and transported to Europe. Former top ranking Guinea Bissau military officers were classified by U.N. officials as “drug kingpins”.
Armed Forces of Guinea Bissau
Forca Aerea de Guine-Bissau
Dornier Do 27 aircraft (1)
Cessna 337 Skymaster aircraft used for liaison. Built by Reims. (1)
SA.319 Alouette III helicopter (1)
T-55 tanks (10)
T-34 tanks (10)
PT-76 light amphibious tanks (20)
BTR-60 armored personnel carriers (35)
BTR-40 armored personnel carriers (25)
BTR-152 armored personnel carriers (20)
BRDM-2 armored reconnaissance vehicles (10)
BM-21 122mm multiple rocket launchers (9)
D-30 towed 122mm howitzers (26)
AT-3 Sagger (9K11 Malyutka) anti-tank guided missiles
RPG-7 anti-tank rocket launchers
B-10 recoilless guns
RPD machine guns
FN FAL assault rifles
AK-47 assault rifles
Vz. 52 assault rifles
SA-7 (Strela-2) shoulder fired surface-to-air missiles
S-60 towed 57mm anti-aircraft guns (10)
ZSU-23-4 self propelled 23mm anti-aircraft guns (16)
ZU-23 towed 23mm anti-aircraft guns (16)