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Main sources : Defence Web.co.za, Jane’s, CIA World Factbook, Wikipedia and Rwanda MOD




The Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) was previously a liberation force known as the Rwanda Patriotic Army (RPA). The Law No 19/2002 of 17/05/2002 renamed the RPA as the Rwanda Defence Force. Since 2002, the RDF adopted a Joint Structure with a Chief of Defence Staff at the helm of the Defence Force. He is the Joint Commander. The Structure and Force design offer flexibility required to respond to a variety of contingencies.


Organisation Structure


The RDF comprises of the Rwanda Army (Land Forces), the Rwanda Air Force (Air Forces), the Rwanda Reserve Force and Special Units.  The RDF Structure reflects a Joint Headquarter; Commands and Institutions placed directly under the CDS; Service Headquarters and various staff groups.


1st Division (HQ in Kigali, Central/Eastern regional command)
2nd Division (HQ in Byumba (Northern/Eastern regional command)
3rd Division (HQ Gisenyi, Northern/Western regional command)
4th Division (HQ in Butare, Southern/Western regional command)


Minister of Defence and National Security: General James Kabarebe
Chief of Defence Staff: Lieutenant General Patrick Nyamvumba
Chief of Staff of the Army: Major General Frank Mushyo Kamanzi
Chief of Staff of the Air Force: Brigadier General Joseph Demali


The Rwanda Defence Forces’ mission as provided in the constitution is :


– to defend the territorial integrity and the national sovereignty of the Republic;

– to collaborate with other security organs in safe-guarding public order and enforcement of law;

– to participate in humanitarian activities in case of disasters;

– to contribute to the development of the country;

– to participate in international peace-keeping missions, humanitarian assistance and training.




2014 GUIDE


The Rwandan army is small yet well trained and responsive to elected officials, thanks to aggressive efforts to professionalise the service. This professionalism is assisted by peacekeeping experience in places like Darfur and Liberia. Foreign countries, notably the US and UK, have assisted the RDF in capacity building and peacekeeping deployment





Oder of Battle :


Army: 32 000
Air: 1 000
Paramilitary: 2 000




24: T- 55/54. Infos : HERE












12: VBL M11. Infos : HERE


106: AML-60/90. Infos : HERE




AIFV (Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle)      


35: Ratel 60/90. Infos : HERE



APC (Armored Personnel Carrier)   


25: RG-31 Nyala. Infos : HERE


20: RG-32 Scout. Infos : HERE


12: M-3. Infos : HERE



20: ZFB-05. Infos : HERE


Towed artillery     


29: Type-54 105 mm. Infos : HERE

6: D-30 152 mm. Infos : HERE


Multiple Rocket Launcher   


5: RM-70 Dana 122 mm. Infos : HERE



5: Lynx. Infos : HERE


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115: 81/82/120 mm. Infos : HERE





Blindicide 83 mm. Infos : HERE



Air defence gun     


150: 14.5/23/37 mm. Infos : HERE



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