Sunday, May 26, 2013



Population of around 6.8 million people

Good relations with Vietnam

Plain of Jars

Pathet Lao
Caves at Vieng Xai used by Pathet Lao leadership
The Pathet Lao used local militias like the Vietcong.
Local militias made weapons and booby traps.

Laos was the most heavily bombed country in the world throughout history. During the Vietnam War era U.S. aircraft bombed targets in Laos continuously.

Brief border conflict with Thailand from December 1987 thru February 1988. Gun battle between military forces in a disputed area. Thai forces capture a town in the disputed area. Lao forces do a night attack and recapture the town. Lao forces then dig in and take up defensive positions. Cease fire was negotiated. Most of the casualties in the conflict were Thai.

Lao Peoples Revolutionary Party

Lao Peoples Armed Forces
29,100 active duty military personnel
100,000 paramilitary forces

Good relations with the military of Vietnam.

Lao Peoples Air Force

Yak-130 advanced trainer/light fighter aircraft (4)
MiG-21 fighter aircraft (25) Operational?
An-2 utility aircraft (10)
An-24 transport aircraft
An-26 transport aircraft (1)
Xian Y-7 transport aircraft
Il-103 trainer aircraft (21 ordered)
LE-500 trainer aircraft?

AA-2 Atoll air-to-air missiles for the MiG-21 aircraft?

Mi-17 transport helicopters
Mi-8 transport helicopters
Z-9 helicopters

Mi-6 helicopters
Ka-32 Helix helicopters

Laos is land locked, however the army conducts river patrols along the Mekong River.
Patrol Boats (Approximately 50)?
Landing Craft Medium (4)?

Lao Peoples Army
About 29,000 personnel
100,000 militia?

T-72 tanks

T-55 tanks (30)

T-34 tanks 

PT-76 light amphibious tanks (25)

BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles

BTR-60P wheeled amphibious armored personnel carriers (70)

BTR-152 armored personnel carriers (30)
BRDM-2 armored reconnaissance vehicles

CS/VN3 4x4 armored vehicles. Chinese made.

Wolf 4x4 light armored vehicles. Chinese made

M8 Greyhound? (25) Operational?

Dong Feng EQ2050

CS/SM4 self propelled 81mm mortar carriers. Chinese made

M-43 120mm mortars
M1943 mortars
82mm mortars
81mm mortars
M2 4.2 inch mortars

RPG-7 anti-tank rocket launcher
Type 69 anti-tank rocket launcher
RPG-2 anti-tank rocket launcher?
Type 56 anti-tank rocket launcher?
M67 90mm recoilless rifle?
M40 106mm recoilless rifle?
M20 75mm recoilles rifle?
M18 57mm recoilless rifle?
B-10 82mm recoilless rifle?
B-11 107mm recoilless rifle?
Type 56 75mm recoilless rifle?
Type 65 82mm recoilless rifle?

Type 97 (QBZ-97) Chinese made 5.56mm bullpup rifles

Galil ACE assault rifles
AMD-65 assault rifles
AKM assault rifles
AK-74 assault rifles
AK-47 assault rifles
Mosin Nagant rifles
SKS carbines
M-60 machine guns
RPD machine guns
PKM machine guns
Dshk machine guns

BM-14 self propelled 140mm multiple rocket launchers

SR5 self propelled 122mm multiple rocket launchers. Chinese made

BM-21 self propelled 122mm multiple rocket launchers

CS/SH1 self propelled 122mm howitzers?

M114 towed 155mm howitzers (25)
D-20 towed 152mm howitzers
M-46 towed 130mm gun (16)
D-74 towed 122mm howitzers
M-30 towed 122mm howitzer (40)
D-30 towed 122mm howitzer (48)

M101 towed 105mm howitzers (25)
M116 75mm pack howitzers (10)

SA-3 Goa (S-125) air defense system

SA-13 (9K35 Strela-10) self propelled air defense system

TL-6 self propelled air defense system. Chinese made

SA-18 (9K38 Igla) shoulder fired surface-to-air missiles
SA-7 Grail (9K32 Strela) shoulder fired surface-to-air missiles
ZSU-23-4 self propelled 23mm anti-aircraft guns
S-60 towed 57mm anti-aircraft guns (18)
M1939 towed 37mm anti-aircraft guns (18)
ZU-23-2 towed 23mm anti-aircraft guns (48)
ZPU towed 14.5mm anti-aircraft guns (100+)

Special Forces

Commando Regiment 497

Military run Agriculture and Industry Development Company
Manufactures shoes, backpacks, hammocks, blankets, etc. for the army.
Cement Factory Number 1
Cement Factory Number 2

Lao Peoples Armed Forces pictures


  1. glad to see the website is constantly updated. as a military fan,
    i must thank u for your extraordinary patience and insistence in this tough work. well done!

    1. Thank you for your kind words. I have a lot more work and updating to do.