Sunday, May 26, 2013



Capital: Quito
Includes the Galapagos Islands

Fought the 1995 Cenepa War against Peru in a disputed border area in the Cordillera de Condor area. The conflict ended in a cease fire.

Argentina gave Ecuador 6.500 tons of rifles, artillery pieces, anti-tank rockets and ammunition during Ecuadors war with Peru in 1995.

In 2008, a cross border Columbia military raid into Ecuador targeting FARC guerrilla forces greatly strained relations between the two nations.

30 SEP 10- Police in Ecuador riot after the cancellation of bonuses and promotions by the government. When the president of Ecuador, Raphael Correa, came to negotiate with the rioting national police he was attacked with tear gas. His body guards gave him a gas mask and took him to the hospital. The police surrounded the hospital and held up the president and his bodyguards at the hospital until the military came to the rescue of the president. After the president was rescued, a week long state of emergency was declared. Supporters came out in the thousands to rally with the president. He praised his bodyguards for protecting him throughout the entire ordeal. He also praised the military and the people of Ecuador for their patriotism and loyalty during the crisis. People actually came out in the thousands throughout South America in support of President Correa.

Fuerzas Armada Ecuatorianas
About 59,000 total personnel

Rumors of SS-1 Scud short range ballistic missiles

Air Force
Fuerza Aerea Ecuatoriana (FAE)

Mirage F1 fighter aircraft with Matra 550, Magic II and Matra 530 air-to-air missiles

Kfir C2/CE fighter aircraft equipped with Python IV air-to-air missiles

Cheetah fighter aircraft (South African upgraded Mirage III)
Mirage 50M fighter aircraft donated by Venezuela (Upgraded Mirage IIIE and Mirage 5 aircraft)
Jaguar Mk1 (retired from service?)
C-130 transport aircraft
DHC-6 transport aircraft
BAe.748 transport aircraft
Mk 89/90 Strikemaster trainer/light attack aircraft

A-37B Dragonfly trainer/light attack aircraft
EMB 314 Super Tucano trainer/light attack aircraft (to eventually replace the A-37 and Strikemaster aircraft)

Hal Dhruv utility helicopters (Indian made)

UH-1 helicopters
Bell 212 utility helicopters

Derby air-to-air missiles

Air Defense
SA-8 Gecko

SA-7 Grail



ZSU-23-4 self propelled 23mm anti-aircraft guns (Received from Nicaragua in 1997)
M-163 Vulcan self propelled 20mm air defense system
Oerlikon twin 35mm anti-aircraft guns.
Bofors L/60 towed 40mm anti-aircraft guns
Bofors L/70 towed 40mm anti-aircraft guns
M-167 Vulcan towed 20mm air defense system
M-55 quadruple .50 cal machine guns. Mounted on vehicles.


Escuela de Infanteria Aerea (EIA)- Air Force Infantry. Blue berets.

HMMWV utility vehicles
FN MAG machine guns
M-16 assault rifles
FN FAL rifles
Uzi sub-machine guns

Armada Ecuatoriana (ARE)
About 7,200 personnel

Frigates with Exocet anti-ship missiles (2)
Corvette with Exocet anti-ship missiles (6)

Missile Boats with Exocet anti-ship missiles (3)

German Type 209 diesel/electric powered submarines (2)

Beechcraft 200 King Air
Beechcraft 300 King Air
Beechcraft 200 Cat Pass surveillance aircraft
Beechcraft T-34 Mentor trainer aircraft
Bell 209 helicopters
Bell 230 helicopters
Bell TH-57A helicopter

Searcher Mk II Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Heron 1 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

MM38 Exocet anti-ship missiles

Cuerpo de Infanteria de Marina- Naval Infantry Corps
About 1,700 personnel
Black berets

Coast Guard

Ejercito Ecuatoriano
About 24,000 personnel

Special Forces Brigade
Armored Brigade
Army Aviation
Engineer Corps
Logistics Brigade

Presidential Guard
Dress uniforms are those of the Turqui Grenadiers.

Special Forces
9th Special Forces Brigade "PATRIA"
Brigada de Fuerzas Especiales No. 9 "PATRIA"
Burgundy berets

Grupo Especial de Operaciones (GEO)

Jungle Brigades recruited from local tribes. Shuar, Arutam and the Iwia. They are considered experts on jungle warfare. The IWIA and ARUTAM unit both proved themselves in the Cenepa War.

Ratas de Rio (River Rats)
Special boat units trained by U.S. forces. Undergo special forces training. Use Veeter and Phantom tactical speed/patrol boats. About 550 personnel in 3 battalions.

GEK-9 Special Forces school

Anti-tank unit?

Regular Army wear dark green berets?

12 Army Brigades (all odd numbered)
1st "El Oro" Infantry Brigade
3rd "Portete" Infantry Brigade
5th "Guayas" Infantry Brigade
7th "Loja" Infantry Brigade
9th "Patria" Special Forces Brigade
11th "Galapagos" Armored Brigade
13th "Pichincha" Infantry Brigade
15th Army Aviation
17th "Pastaza" Jungle Brigade
19th "Napo" Jungle Brigade
21st Logistics Brigade
23rd Engineer Corps

Army Aviation
AS.332M helicopters
AS.532 Cougar helicopters
Mi-17 transport helicopters
Gazelle helicopters used as attack helicopters. May be armed with HOT anti-tank missiles, rocket pods, etc.

Leopard 1 tanks (30)
T-55 tanks (64)
AMX-13 light tanks (108)

Panhard AML
EE-11 Urutu (32)
EE-9 Cascavel (32)
EE-3 Jararaca (10)

ERC-90 armored reconnaisance vehicles
BTR-3 armored personnel carriers
BTR-60 armored personnel carriers
BLR 4x4 wheeled Spanish made armored personnel carriers
HMMWV utility vehicles. (Donated by the U.S. in 2003)
Tiuna utility vehicles. (Made in Venezuela. Donated to Ecuador in 2009)
Jeeps (some with M40 106mm recoilless guns)
Unimog trucks

RM-70 122mm multiple rocket launchers. On 8x8 wheeled Tatra vehicles
BM-21 122mm multiple rocket launchers

AMX Mk F3 self propelled 155mm howitzers
M-198 towed 155mm howitzers
M-114 towed 155mm howitzers
Oto Melara Model 56 towed 105mm howitzers
M2A1 towed 105mm howitzers
M-101 towed 105mm howitzers

Soltam M-66 160mm mortars
M1 81mm mortars
M29 81mm mortars
M30 4.2 inch mortars

MAPATS anti-tank guided missiles

SPIKE anti-tank guided missiles

AT-14 anti-tank guided missiles
HJ-8 anti-tank guided missiles

Milan anti-tank guided missiles
M40A1 106mm recoilless guns

M67 90mm recoilless guns
RPG-7 anti-tank rocket launchers

C90-CR (M3) Spanish made anti-tank rocket launchers

M-72 LAW anti-tank rocket launchers

AGS-17 automatic grenade launchers
Milkor MGL 40mm multiple grenade launcher
M203 under barrel grenade launcher
HK-79 40mm under barrel grenade launcher

Browning M2HB .50 cal machine guns
M1919 .30 cal machine guns
FN MAG machine guns
HK21 light machine guns
PSG-1 sniper rifles
HK-33 assault rifles
M-16A1 assault rifles
Steyr AUG assault rifles
FN FAL assault rifles
SIG SG 540 assault rifles
Galil assault rifles
Mini-14 ?
Mossberg 500 shotguns
M-4 carbines
MP-5 sub-machine guns
SIG P226 pistols
Browning Hi-Power
Beretta Model 92
Smith and Wesson .38 Special pistols
M1911 .45 cal. pistols
Glock 17 pistols

Military Intelligence
Escuela Conjunta de Inteligencia Militar (ECIM)
Formerly called Agrupamiento Escuela de Inteligencia Militar (AEIM)?

Fuerzas de Resistencia
Militia force

Guardia Costas
Coast Guard

Policia Nacional del Ecuador (PNE) - National Police of Ecuador

Grupo de Operaciones Especiales (GOE)
Special police unit under the National Police
Glock 17 pistols


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