Sunday, May 26, 2013



Capital: Caracas

8 JAN 2010- Venezuelan F-16 fighter aircraft intercept a U.S P-3 Orion aircraft that entered Venezuelan airspace. Venezuela accuses the U.S. of repeatedly violating Venezuelan airspace along with the Dutch. The U.S. enter from Colombia and the Dutch Caribbean colonies, while the Dutch have reportedly entered from bases on Aruba and Curacao. The government of Venezuela accuses the U.S. and Netherlands of possibly planning to attack Venezuela from bases in Colombia and the Dutch colonies in the Caribbean.

July 2010- 3 separate incursions of Dutch aircraft into Venezuelan airspace are reported by Venezuela.

10 August 2012- A former U.S. marine is captured in Venzuela after sneaking into Venezuela from Colombia. The man also had a notebook containing geographical locations that he tried to destroy before being captured.

25 August 2012- A huge explosion at Venezuelas main oil refinery kills 41 people, 18 of whom belong to the Venezuelan National Guard. Two refinery tanks were destroyed. Venezuelan forces were put on alert after the former U.S. marine was captured. The explosion was blamed on a gas leak, but the cause of the gas leak is still under investigation.

05 MAR 2013- Beloved Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez dies after a long struggle with cancer.

2013- Venezuela is building three military bases along the border with Colombia to help defend against armed groups, drug cartels, and U.S. agents infiltrating from Colombia.

Venesat-1- The first Venezuelan satellite. Launched into space by a Chinese rocket in 2008.

Fuerzas Armadas Nacionales (FAN)- National Armed Forces
82,000 military personnel?

Air Force
Fuerza Aerea Venezolana (FAV)

F-16 fighter aircraft. May be armed with AIM-9 or Python 4 air-to-air missiles (20)

SU-30 fighter aircraft (24)

F-5 Freedom Fighter (16)

K-8 trainer/light attack aircraft. May be armed with PL-5 air-to-air missiles. (16)
OV-10 Bronco (7)

EMB 312 Tucano trainer/light attack aircraft (19)
Aermacchi SF.260 trainer/light attack aircraft (12)

Il-76 transport aircraft (2)
C-130 transport aircraft (6)
Y-8 transport aircraft (8)
Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner aircraft used for ELINT (2)
Short 330 aircraft (2)
Boeing 707 aircraft used as tankers (2)
Boeing 737 transport aircraft (1)
Dassault Falcon 20 aircraft used for transport and Electronic Warfare (5)
Dassault Falcon 50 aircraft used for transport (3)
Dassault Falcon 900 aircraft used for transport (2)
Cessna 208 Grand Caravan (8)
Cessna 206 stationair (14)
Cessna 182 Skylane (2)
Mi-35 attack helicopters (9)
Mi-26 transport helicopters
Mi-17 transport helicopters (7)
AS.332 Super Puma helicopters (6)
AS.532 Cougar helicopters (10)
Bell 412 helicopters

CASA C-295 transport aircraft?
CASA CN-235 transport aircraft?
Mirage 50 (Retired?)

Mirage III (Retired in 2007?)
M-28 Sky Truck transport aircraft?

Kh-59 (AS-13) air launched cruise missile
Kh-29 air-to-surface missiles for SU-30 aircraft
Kh-31 (AS-17) sea skimming cruise missile
Kh-59 (AS-13) or Kh-59M (AS-18)
Vympel R-27 (AA-10) air-to-air missiles
Vympel R-73 (AA-11) air-to-air missiles
Python-4 air-to-air missiles
AIM-9 air-to-air missiles
R.550 Magic air-to-air missiles
PL-5 air-to-air missiles for K-8 aircraft (still on order?)

AM 39 Exocet anti-ship missiles formerly used on Venezuelan Air Force Mirage aircraft

Arpia (Harpy) Venezuelan made version of the Iranian Mohajer unmanned aerial vehicle.

Gavilan (Sparrowhawk) unmanned aerial vehicles. Made by CAVIM (Compania Anonima Venezolana de Industrias Militares)

Air Defense
SA-23 (S-300VM "Antey-2500") surface-to-air missiles

SA-17 (Buk-M2EK) surface-to-air missiles?
SA-3 Goa (S-125 Pechora) surface-to-air missiles
Rafael ADAMS (Barak Mk 3) surface-to-air missiles. Vertically launched.

RBS-70 surface-to-air missiles
Mistral surface-to-air missiles
Tiuna mounted Mistral surface-to-air missiles

Tiuna mounted RBS-70 surface-to-air missiles

Breda 40 L70 twin 40mm anti-aircraft guns

Chinese JY-11 low altitude radars

JYL-1 radars
Flycatcher radars

Armada Bolivariana de Venezuela

 Venezuela Naval Ensign

Venezuela Navy Jack

Frigates (6)

Corvettes (4)

Submarines (2)
Patrol Boats (8)
Landing Ships, Tank (4)
Auxiliary vessels (3)

Maritime Aviation
CASA CN-235MP for maritime patrol?

CASA C-212 aircraft (8)

Beechcraft Super King Air utility aircraft (2)
Bell 412 helicopters (7)
Mi-17 helicopters (8)

AB-212 helicopters (7)
Bell 206 helicopters (2)
Bell 212 helicopters (2)

Frigates with Otomat anti-shp missiles
SS-N-26 Onyx?
3M-14E Club M missiles?
Club-K container missiles?
Marte Mk 1 anti-ship missiles for AB212 helicopters (100)?
Sea Mines (Minas)

Policia Naval (Naval Police)

Naval Commandos
Commando de Operaciones Especiales Generalisimo Francisco de Miranda

Approximately 11,000 personnel?
Infanteria de Marina Bolivariana (IMB)

Approximately 8,000 personnel
VN-16 light amphibious tanks with 103mm cannons.Chinese made.Export version of the ZTD-05.

VN-18 amphibious infantry fighting vehicle with 30mm cannons. Chinese made. Export version of the ZBD-05.

VN-1 armored personnel carriers. Export version of the Chinese ZBL-09.

LVTP-7 amphibious assault vehicles

EE-11 Urutu armored personnel carriers

HJ-73 anti-tank guided missile

AT-4 anti-tank rocket launchers
Carl Gustav anti-tank rocket launchers
AK-103 assault rifles
under barrel grenade launchers

Ejercito Venezula (EV)
120,000 active duty personnel

Army Aviation
IAI Arava transport aircraft. STOL capable. (8)
Cessna 206 utility aircraft (11)
Cessna 182 utility aircraft (6)
Beechcraft Super King Air utility aircraft (5)
PZL M28 light transport aircraft. STOL capable. (12)
Mi-35 attack helicopters (10)

Mi-26 transport helicopters (3)
Mi-28 attack helicopters?
Mi-17 transport helicopters (38)
Bell 205 helicopters (10)
Bell 206 helicopter (1)
AS332 Super Puma

T-72 tanks (92)

AMX-30 tanks (84)

AMX-13 light tanks (36)
BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles (250)
Scorpion 90 light tanks with 76mm guns (78)
Dragoon 300 armored fighting vehicles with 20mm guns
BTR-80 armored personnel carriers (250)

TPZ 2 armored personnel carriers (10)

V-100 Commando armored vehicles (50)
V-150 Commando armored vehicles (30)
FV-105 Sultan (2)
FV-106 Samson (4)
Dongfeng EQ2050 utility vehicles
Tiuna- Venezuelan made 4x4 wheeled utility vehicles

RBY MkI 4x4 wheeled utility vehicles being refurbished?

BM-30 multiple rocket launchers (12)

LAR-160 multiple rocket launchers on AMX-13 chassis. (25)

BM-21 multiple rocket launchers (52)

2S19 MSTA self propelled 152mm howitzer (47)

F-3 self propelled 155mm howitzer. AMX-13 chassis.(10)

M-114A1 towed 155mm howitzer (24)

M-101A1 towed 105mm howitzer (40)
Oto Melara Model 56 towed 105mm howitzer (40)
Steyr L-80 towed 105mm howitzer

2K25 Krasnopol precision guided munitions for the 2S19 MSTA

2S23 Nona 120mm self propelled mortar. (18)

Brandt 120mm mortars (60)
2S12 Sani 120mm mortars

MAPATS-2 anti-tank guided missiles?
106mm recoilless guns
AT-4 anti-tank rocket launchers

RPG-7 anti-tank rocket launchers
M3 Carl Gustav anti-tank rocket launchers
PG-7VR tandem rockets for the RPG-7
TBG-7V thermobaric rockets for the RPG-7

Milkor MGL

M-203 under barrel grenade launchers
Browning M2HB .50 cal machine guns

M-60 machine guns

FN Minimi machine guns
AK-103 assault rifles
License produced AK-103 assault rifles manufactured by CAVIM.
FN FAL assault rifles
M-16 assault rifles
M4 carbines
Uzi sub-machine guns
Zamora 9mm (Venezuelan copy of the Czech CZ-G 2000)

Army Air Defense
RBS-70 surface-to-air missiles
SA-24 Grinch (Igla-S) shoulder fired surface-to-air missiles

ZU-23 anti-aircraft guns


AK-103 assault rifles


Carl Gustav

Uzi sub-machine guns

Cazadores (Hunters) now called the 32nd Caribbean brigade
32 Brigada de Caribes
Ranger like Special Forces unit
Green berets

AK-103 assault rifles
FN FAL assault rifles

507 Special Forces Battalion Colonel Domingo Montes

107 Special Operations Battalion General in Chief Jose Gregorio Monagas (107 BOE)

Special Forces weapons
Carl Gustaf
M72 LAW?
Milkor MGL
Barrett M82A1 .50 cal sniper/anti-material rifle
FN Minimi
Catatumbo sniper rifles. Made by CAVIM of Venezuela.
PSG-1 sniper rifle
M21 sniper rifle
Accuracy International Arctic Warfare
Accuracy International L96
Galatz (Galil Sniper)
SIG Sauer SG550 sniper rifle
SVD Dragunov
Steyr AUG
M4 carbine
FN P90
Mossberg 1500 shotgun
Remington 870 shotgun
HK MP5 sub-machine guns
FN HP 9mm pistols
SIG Sauer P226 pistols

Caribay Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

El Precursor Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
ARPIA-003 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Created with Iranian assistance. Modeled after the Iranian Mohajer-2.

Guardia Nacional Bolivariana (GNB)- Bolivarian National Guard

VN-4 armored personnel carriers. Chinese made. (141)
UR-416 armored personnel carriers
Fiat 6614/Oto Melara armored personnel carrier?

Yamaha Motorbikes

Guardia Nacional Grupo de Acciones de Comando (GN GAC)
Commando unit belonging to the National Guard. 

M-16 assault rifles
AK-103 assault rifles

Comando Nacional Antiextorsion y Secuestro (CONAS)

Guardia del Pueblo (Peoples Guard)
Part of the Guarda Nacional

Created to combat crime in high crime areas such as in Caracas.
Beretta Cx4 Storm carbine

Femenina Teritorial Estudiantil Femenina- Female Student Territorial Militia

Reserva Nacional- National Reserve

Also called the Milicia Nacional Bolivariana or the National Bolivarian Militia

FN FAL assault rifles

Mosin Nagant rifles


Direccion General de Contrainteligencia Militar (DGCIM)

Servicio Bolivariano de Inteligencia Nacional (SEBIN)
Bolivarian Intelligence Service


Compania Anonima Venezuela de Industrias Militares (CAVIM)- State owned. Manufacturers of small arms and ammunition.

Centro Nacional de Repotenciacion C.A. (CENARECA)- Manufacturers of the Tiuna 4x4 vehicles

Diques y Astilleros Nacionales C.A. (DIANCA)- State owned shipyard.

Petroleos de Venezuela S.A.

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