Sunday, May 26, 2013



Capital: Kampala

Sent more troops into Somalia to replace the Ethiopian forces who were on their way out. Coxed to replace the Ethiopians by “western” nations. Entered Somalia under the banner of the African Union to suppress Al Shabab guerrilla forces.

Large US embassy in Kampala, Uganda. Hot bed for CIA and FBI activity in the region.

Ugandan Peoples Defence Force (UPDF)
45,000 personnel (2007 est.)

About 5,000 soldiers stationed in Somalia

Air Wing

Su-30 fighter aircraft (6)

MiG-23 fighter aircraft
MiG-21 fighter aircraft (6)?

L-39 trainer/light attack aircraft (4)?
SF-260 trainer/light attack aircraft (2)?
C-130 Hercules transport aircraft (1)
Gulfstream G550aircraft used for VIP transport (1)?
Mi-24 attack helicopters (1)?
Mi-17 helicopters (7)?
Bell AB-206 Jet Ranger helicopter (1)
Bell 412 helicopters ?
Agusta A-109 helicopters (2)?
AB 212 helicopters (8)?
FFA AS-202 Bravo trainer (2)?
R-77 air-to-air missiles

Maritime Wing
Uganda is landlocked, however, Ugandan naval vessels operate on Lake Victoria and the Nile River.
400 personnel
Small Patrol Craft (8)


T-72 tanks (50)?
T-55 tanks (20-140)?
PT-76 light tanks (20)
BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles (31)
BTR-80 armored personnel carriers (14)
BTR-60 armored personnel carriers (20)
RG-31 armored personnel carriers (15)
OT-64 armored personnel carriers (4)
BTR-40 armored personnel carriers (20)
BTR-152 armored personnel carriers
Buffel armored personnel carriers
Mamba armored personnel carriers (52)
Casspir armored personnel carriers (70)
Ferret 4x4 wheeled armored reconnaissance vehicles
HMMWV 4x4 wheeled utility vehicles
Land Rover 4x4 wheeled utility vehicles
AIL 4x4 wheeled utility vehicles

BM-21 122mm multiple rocket launchers 

107mm multiple rocket launchers

ATMOS 2000 155mm self propelled howitzers (9)
G5 towed 155mm howitzers
Soltam TIG 2000 155mm towed howitzers
Soltam Model 839 155mm towed howitzers (18)
M114 towed 155mm howitzers
M46 130mm guns
D-30 122mm towed howitzers

Soltam K6 120mm mortars
M120 120mm mortars
M-43 82mm mortars

AT-14 Kornet anti-tank guided missiles
BGM-71 TOW anti-tank guided missiles
Milan anti-tank guided missiles
AT-3 Sagger (9K11 Malyutka)
SS.11 anti-tank guided missiles
B-11 107mm recoilless guns
M40 106mm recoilless guns

M2 Browning machine guns
RPK machine guns
RPD machine guns
FN MAG machine guns
HK21 machine guns
M60 machine guns
AKM assault rifles
Type 56 assault rifles
AK-47 assault rifles
Galil assault rifles
G3 assault rifles
M-16 assault rilfes
Uzi sub-machine guns
Skorpion vz. 61 sub-machine guns

Chang Feng (CF-05) 9mm sub-machine gun with Helical magazines

Sterling sub-machine guns
Tokarev TT pistols

UPDF Arms Factory in Nakasongola trading under the name Luwero Industries Ltd.
Production of small arms ammunition. 

Air Defense
SA-3 surface-to-air missiles
SA-18 shoulder fired surface-to-air missiles
SA-7 shoulder fired surface-to-air missiles
M1939 (61 K) towed 37mm anti-aircraft guns

ZSU-23-4 self propelled 23mm anti-aircraft guns
ZU-23 towed 23mm anti-aircraft guns

ZPU-4 towed 14.5mm anti-aircraft guns

P-30 radars
P-15 radars

Special Forces

Border Guard
600 personnel

Police Force
800 personnel

National Enterprises Corporation (NEC)
State owned commercial arm of the defence forces
Manufactures armored vehicles

NEC Streit in Nakasongola
Factory built by the Streit Group in partnership with the NEC
Manufactures armored vehicles for the UPDF and civilian market. 

Luwero Industries Ltd. in Nakasongola
Subsidiary of NEC
Manufactures small arms and ammunition (7.62x39 and 40mm grenades). Vehicle repair. Gun repair.

NEC Construction Works and Engineering Company
NEC Pharmaceutical
NEC Katonga Farm
NEC Lime (Dura)
UPDF Tailoring Unit 
Kyoga Dynamics Limited
Joint NEC venture
Manufacturing of commercial explosives

Armored vehicle manufacturing plant in Magamaga in Jinja.

Uganda Peoples Defence Force Pictures


  1. Uganda's military is experienced but the soldiers are poorly paid & live in grass thatched huts.

  2. It's on course especially considering the regional firepower, updf is in good shape.