Ethiopia, DR Congo lead East Africa’s arms race

A brand new report has ranked Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as East Africa’s navy powers primarily based on their navy energy.

The 2024 GlobaFirepower (GFP), an index that ranks international locations primarily based on their war-making functionality potential throughout land, sea and air, components values associated to manpower, tools, and funds amongst others to formulate its rankings.

However Ethiopia and DRC usually are not the one international locations closely spending on their navy.

Their neighbours, together with Kenya, Tanzania and South Sudan have been catching up and at the moment are a number of the largest spenders within the East African Group (EAC) area.

 There exists no publicly obtainable and official EAC information on navy energy since most international locations desire to maintain the data secret on nationwide safety pursuits, and solely disclose what is taken into account ‘innocent’ info that’s typically outdated.

However even smaller international locations within the area together with Eritrea, Uganda and Rwanda have additionally been spending vital parts of their budgets constructing their navy energy because the Horn of Africa area turns into extra unstable.


Although the nation’s defence finances is under $1 billion, the nation’s inventory of armoury is big. First, the nation has 162,000 lively navy workforce second after DRC with 207,580. Furthermore, the nation boasts of a fleet of fight plane, 29 in whole comprising 23 fighters and 6 assault helicopters.

The nation’s tactical benefit in warfare is supplemented by its funding in battle tanks (680), armoured automobiles (10,028) and possession of rocket artillery (79).


 The nation has suffered for many years as a result of insurgent teams preventing to get a share of the nation’s wealthy minerals. With a defence finances of $0.3 billion and greater than 200,000 lively navy personnel, the nation has the biggest workforce within the Japanese bloc.

The nation prides itself on having at the least 210 battle tanks and 50 rocket artillery, claiming second place after Ethiopia.DRC’s navy is to not be underestimated given the quite a few patrol vessels,16 making it the chief on this entrance.


Regardless of being one of many financial powerhouses within the japanese area, the nation boasts as a haven for refugees from war-torn areas in South Sudan and Somalia. The nation has solidified its place in fight issues. Based on GFP, Kenya has an estimated 75,000 lively navy workforce.

With a greater than $2 billion defence finances, the nation comes first within the area by its fleet of helicopters (87) and second after Ethiopia in fight plane (19) and armoured automobiles (4856).

Whereas GFP estimates Kenya’s defence finances at $2.2 billion, the biggest within the area, the nation’s rating falls behind its friends, Ethiopia and DRC.

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