List of equipment of the Land Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The following is a list of equipment of the Land Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo from creation to present day.

Small armsEdit

Model Image Origin Type Caliber Details
Browning HP[1]     Belgium Semi-automatic pistol 7.65×21mm Parabellum
AKM     Soviet Union Assault rifle 7.62x39mm Widely used by infantry
Type 56 assault rifle[2][circular reference] [3]     China Assault rifle 7.62×39mm Widely used by infantry
Zastava M92     Yugoslavia Carbine 7.62×39mm Used by vehicle crews, and infantry
RPD[4]     Soviet Union Light machine gun 7.62x39mm Several pictures have been taken of them being used
PKM     Soviet Union General-purpose machine gun 7.62x54mmR Seen used in several pictures by government forces

Anti-tank and missileEdit

Model Image Origin Type Caliber Details
Rocket-propelled grenade
Type 69 RPG     China Rocket-propelled grenade 40mm Standard anti-tank weapon of infantry.
Recoilless rifle
M18[5]     United States Recoilless rifle 57mm
SPG-9[5]     Soviet Union Recoilless rifle 73mm
M20[5]     United States Recoilless rifle 75mm
M40     United States Recoilless rifle 106mm M40A1 version.[5]
Anti-tank gun
Type 56     China Anti-tank gun 85mm 10 in service.[5]

Armoured vehiclesEdit

Model Image Origin Number Details
Main battle tank
Type 59     China 12-17[5]
T-55     Soviet Union
  Ukraine
32[5] Bought from Ukraine in the past decade.[6]
T-64B1M     Soviet Union
  Ukraine
~50 Before their delivery, the tanks were to undergo a major overhaul and upgrade to T-64B1M standard.[7]
T-72AV     Soviet Union
  Ukraine
100[5] Bought and received 100 T-72AVs in 2010 from Ukraine.[6]
Light tank
PT-76     Soviet Union 10[5]
Type 62     China 30[5]
Reconnaissance vehicle
AML-60     France 17[5]
AML-90     France 14[5]
EE-9 Cascavel     Brazil 19[5]
RAM MK3     Israel 2[5]
Didgori-II     Georgia 10 recon and 2 medical evacuation vehicles.[8][9]
Infantry fighting vehicle
BMP-1     Soviet Union
  Ukraine
20[5]
Armoured personnel carrier
BTR-50     Soviet Union 3[5]
MT-LB     Soviet Union
  Ukraine
6[5]
BTR-60     Soviet Union
  Ukraine
30-70[5]
Panhard M3     France 58[5]
TH 390 Fahd     Egypt 7[5]
Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected
CS/VP3     China 5[6]

ArtilleryEdit

Model Image Origin Type Number Details
Self-propelled artillery
2S1 Gvozdika     Soviet Union
  Ukraine
122mm self-propelled howitzer 6[5]
2S3 Akatsiya     Soviet Union
  Ukraine
152mm self-propelled gun 10[5]
Towed artillery
122 mm howitzer M1938 (M-30)     Soviet Union 122mm towed howitzer 77[5]
D-30     Soviet Union
  Ukraine
Type 60   China 122mm towed field gun
Type 59     China 130mm towed field gun 42[5]
Type 59-1  
D-20     Soviet Union 152mm towed howitzer 6[5]
Multiple rocket launcher
Type 63     China 107mm multiple rocket launcher 12[5]
BM-21 Grad     Soviet Union
  Ukraine
122mm multiple rocket launcher 24[5]
RM-70     Czech Republic 122mm multiple rocket launcher Unknown[5]
M-51     Czech Republic 128mm multiple rocket launcher 6[5]
Type 82   China 130mm multiple rocket launcher 3[5]

Air defenseEdit

Model Image Origin Type Number Details
Surface-to-air missile
9K32 Strela-2     Soviet Union Man-portable air-defense system Unknown[5]
Anti-aircraft gun
ZPU-4     Soviet Union 14.5mm towed anti-aircraft gun 12[5]
M1939

 

  Soviet Union 37mm towed anti-aircraft gun 52[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jane's infantry weapons, 2009-2010 2009/2010 (35th ed.). Jane's Information Group. 5 January 2009. ISBN 978-0-7106-2869-5.
  2. ^ File:Congolese Light Infantry Battalion training at Camp Base, Kisangani 2010-05-05 2.JPG
  3. ^ War Noir [@war_noir] (30 April 2021). "Weapons in Al-Naba (#284) #ISCAP released the photos of captured weapons from Congolese Army in Democratic Republic of #Congo (#DRC). 12x Type 56-1 rifles, T69-1/DZP1C-40 rockets, MG-1M barrel, several 60mm Yugoslavian —likely M73 or derivative—mortar bombs captured" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 29 April 2021. Retrieved 17 October 2022 – via Twitter.
  4. ^ Jane's infantry weapons, 2009-2010 2009/2010 (35th ed.). Jane's Information Group. 5 January 2009. ISBN 978-0-7106-2869-5.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag International Institute for Strategic Studies (2021). The Military Balance. p. 461. ISBN 9781032012278.
  6. ^ a b c "Trade Registers". armstrade.sipri.org.
  7. ^ Oryx. "Welcome To The Jungle: Ukrainian T-64B1M Tanks In DR Congo". Oryx. Retrieved 2023-03-05.
  8. ^ "Грузия поставила в Конго новые бронированные машины «Didgori»". Archived from the original on 1 July 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Პირველად საქართველოს ისტორიაში ქართული ჯავშანტექნიკა საზღვარგარეთ გაიყიდა - GOODNEWS.GE". Archived from the original on 5 July 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015.