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Your division, Maduro

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Caracas traditionally bought in the USA and Western countries quite a lot of military equipment for the classical, and not only for counterguerrilla warfare, which differed from most of its neighbors. After Hugo Chávez came to power and a change in political orientation, a significant number of highly advanced weapons and military equipment in Russia and China was acquired, thanks to which the Venezuelan armed forces confidently entered the top three strongest in the region precisely in terms of readiness for a classic war.


The Venezuelan army in all components significantly exceeds the Colombian (very tense relations between the neighboring countries). True, because of the almost complete rupture with Washington, significant problems arose with the maintenance of American equipment, which had to be transferred or deposited earlier than it should have been. But Caracas managed to maintain normal relations with a number of European countries, where a certain amount of military equipment was also acquired. However, due to the fall in oil prices, the country was in a difficult economic situation, therefore, arms purchases both in Russia and in Europe have almost stopped, although equipment from China continues to flow.

The ground forces include seven divisions, which include 28 combat brigades. Infantry divisions: 1-I (headquarters - in Maracaibo, in the composition - 11-Armored, 12-I Caribbean Rangers, 13-I Infantry, 14-mechanized, 19-I anti-aircraft artillery brigade), 2-I (September -Kristobal, 21-I Infantry, 22-I gornopehotnaya, 23-I safety, 24-light Infantry, mechanized-25, 29-I anti-aircraft artillery brigade), 3-I (Caracas, 31-mechanized, 32 Caribbean Rangers, 33-I communications, 35-I military police, 39-I anti-aircraft artillery brigade). Jungle action division - 5-I (Ciudad-Bolivar, 51, 52, 53-I brigade for actions in the jungle, 59-I anti-aircraft artillery brigade). Armored Division - 4-I (Caracas, 41-I armored, 42-I airborne, 43-I artillery, 44-I light armored, 49-I anti-aircraft artillery brigade). Cavalry (light mechanized) division - 9-I (San Fernando de Apure, 91-I cavalry, 92, 93-I Caribbean Rangers Brigade). Engineering Division - 6-I (Caracas, 64-I railway brigade, 61, 62, 63-i construction shelves).

Tank the fleet includes 92 relatively new Russian T-72B1s, 81 obsolete French AMX-30s and 120 old light tanks (36 French AMX-13s, 84 English Scorpions). There are 25 American BMV “Dragoon-90LFV2”, 123 modern Russian BMP-3 and about 400 armored personnel carriers (including the latest: 121 Chinese VN-4 and 114 Russian BTR-80A). The artillery has 73 self-propelled guns (13 latest Russian 2C23 and 48 2C19, 12 old French AMX Mk F3), 54 towed guns (30 American M101, 24 M114), about 300 mortars (including 24 Russian 2C12) and 61 MLRS (24 Soviet BM-21, 25 Israeli LAR-160, 12 Russian "Tornadoes"). In service are 24 Israeli MAPATS anti-tank systems and 75 old American self-propelled anti-tank missiles M18.

Military air defense includes the 3 division of the latest Russian Buk missile systems (18 PU, 6 ROM) and at least 8 short-range air defense systems Tor-М1, up to 6 of old French Roland air defense systems, and up to 42 of old French ZSU (12 “Pan” AML-530S, up to 30 AMX-13), 300 Soviet anti-aircraft guns ZU-23-2.

In the army aviation at least 20 light aircraft (2 American Beach 200, 5 Cessna-182, up to 2 Cessna-207, 1 Cessna-TU206, probably two Israeli IAI-201 and IAI-202, 9 Polish M-28), 10 newest Russian Mi-35M2, up to 47 multi-purpose and transport helicopters (11 Bell-412, 5 Bell-206, up to 2 Bell-205, 1-2 UH-1H, 3 AS-61, 21 Mi-17, 3 Mi-26). The army park is supplemented by aircraft of the National Guard and the police. These are at least 30 light aircraft (1 American Beach-V58, up to 1 Beach-65V80, 3 Beach-90, 2 Beach-200, 2 Cessna-172, up to 1 Cessna-185 ", Up to 6" Cessna-U206 ", 3" Cessna-208 ", up to 3" Cessna-152 ", 1-2" Cessna-402 ", up to 3 Israeli IAI-201, 12 Polish M-28 and 2 M- 26, 5 Austrian DA42MPP) and at least 50 helicopters (8 Russian Mi-17, 5 French AS350, 4 AS365N3, 12–19 AS355F, up to 21 American Bell-206, up to 12 Bell-412, 3 F- 280C, up to 3 Italian A-109A). In addition to the above, relatively many aircraft and especially helicopters (in particular 8 Italian A-109AM) are in storage.

Air Force includes 14 air groups (from 4-th to 17-th). In service - 23 newest Russian fighter-bomber Su-30MK2В, which are the most powerful combat aircraft in all of Latin America. 17 is also available for new American F-16. May remain in service until the 8 old American fighter F-5. There are 2 – 3 French Mirage-50EV fighter-bomber 6 – 8 vehicles in storage, but their use is not possible. The 3 – 5 reconnaissance aircraft and EW (10 – 1 OV-20, 2 Falkon-26С, 1 С-137) and XNUMX tanker КС-XNUMX. They are all American-made.

Transport planes: 4 American C-130H, 1 Boeing 737, 3 Falcon-900, 1 Falcon-50, 2 Beach-65, 15 Beach-200, 3, 300, XNXX. , 4 Beach-350, 1 Cessna-500, 6 Cessna-550, 1 Cessna-551, 1 Cessna-750, 4 Cessna-208, 12 206, 6, 182, 2, 360, 3, 228 1 to 28 “Cessna-8”, 8 English “Short-24”, 8 German Do-11, 260 Polish M-19, 40 Chinese Y-6F. Training aircraft: 42 of the newest Chinese K-17W, 312 Italian SF-XNUMXE, XNUMX Austrian DAXNUMX and XNUMX DAXNUMX, up to XNUMX Brazilian EMB-XNUMX.

From the order of 20 helicopters - 8 Russian Mi-17, 3 French AS332B and 10 AS-532, 2 American F-280C, 4 TH-480 and up to 4 UH-1.

Ground-based air defense incorporates 11 divisions (44 PU) of the Soviet C-125 air defense missile systems upgraded in Russia, as well as the newest: X-NUMX long-range Russian air defense missile system C-2BM (except for Venezuela and Russia itself, only Belarus has this system), not less 300 LAW Tor-M4, 1 Israeli LAW Barak, 10 Russian Igla-S MANPADS. Given the military air defense, ground-based air defense of Venezuela is definitely the strongest in Latin America.

Your division, MaduroThe Navy and the Coast Guard, unlike the ground forces and the Air Force, did not acquire Russian equipment, so they did not receive significant superiority over fleets neighboring countries.

As part of the Navy - 2 relatively new German submarines of the project 209 / 1300 and 6 frigates of the type “Sucre” (Italian “Lupo”), of which 3 are practically inefficient. The 6 corvettes of the Canadian constitution-type are in the ranks, of which 3 are RCC carriers. Also there are 9 of the newest patrol ships: 8 of Spanish construction (4 of the “Guaykeri” and “Guaykamacuto” types), 1 the Dutch “Damen 4207” (the construction of another 5 is supposed). There are up to 16 patrol boats of American construction (3 – 4 of “Petrel” type (“Point”), 10 – 12 of “Gavion” type) and a significant number of small patrol boats, all of them belong to the Coast Guard.

In the Navy ranks - 4 modern TDK type "Kapana" (launched in South Korea), 2 TDK type "Margherita" (American built), 4 airborne cargo ships such as "Los Frailes" (Dutch project "Damen 5612", manufactured in Cuba).

Naval aviation is composed 3 Spanish base patrol aircraft C-212 and 9 transport (1 «Beach E90», 1 «Beach 200», 1 «Commander-695», 1 «Cessna-206», 1 «Cessna-208», C-4 212), anti 7 helicopters "Bell-212», and to 16 multipurpose vehicles (6 Ni-17V, 6 «bell-412», 1-3 "Bell-206», 1 57A TH).

The Marine Corps Division includes 9 brigades, as well as an engineering corps, an artillery group and a reserve regiment. The Marines received the latest Chinese technology: 25 amphibious tanks VN-16 (ZTD-05) and 25 BMP VN-18 (ZBD-05). The 86 BTR: 9 American LVTP-7, 37 Brazilian EE-11, 40 Chinese VN-1 (ZBL-09) are also in the ranks. There 40 Italian towed guns M-56, 53 mortar (18 Chinese SM-4, 35 French "Brandt»), 18 Chinese MLRS SR-5, 20 Swedish MANPADS RBS-70 and possibly, 6 obsolete American ZSU M-42.

By Latin American standards, the Venezuelan Armed Forces have a very high potential. At the same time, the prospects of the country as a whole and its Armed Forces in particular are far from bright. The fall in oil prices has led Venezuela to an unprecedented global economic disaster. At the same time, Maduro does not possess even one percent of the charisma of the late Chavez, therefore she is unable to somehow bring down the rapidly growing discontent of the population. The real question now is how soon Maduro and his supporters will be removed from power and in what way - democratic (Latin American socialism does not cancel free elections) or force.

In the past two decades, it was Venezuela that stood at the forefront of a new wave of Latin American socialism thanks to a combination of impressive oil revenues and the equally impressive charisma of Chavez. Now there is neither one nor the other. The leftists have already lost the elections in Brazil and Argentina this year. Their defeat in Venezuela will mean that “people's socialism” is losing ground on the scale of the whole continent (however, it’s not a fact that it will be forever). One of the consequences will be that Moscow’s political support at the UN will decrease, and the potential market for Russian arms will narrow. For us, this is not a disaster, but a certain nuisance.
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  1. parusnik
    parusnik 16 July 2016 07: 17
    +7
    Yes, I must admit .. Maduro did not stay long .. until the next election ... Sorry ..
    1. clidon
      clidon 16 July 2016 12: 17
      +9
      But they can be canceled or carried out "correctly".
      The military of the current government is quite loyal, so it’s quite possible to suppress those who want a change of government. In addition, Madura maintains support on the periphery, they always lived poorly, so they did not suffer such a big loss in income.
      1. poquello
        poquello 16 July 2016 12: 57
        +6
        Quote: clidon
        But they can be canceled or carried out "correctly".
        The military of the current government is quite loyal, so it’s quite possible to suppress those who want a change of government. In addition, Madura maintains support on the periphery, they always lived poorly, so they did not suffer such a big loss in income.

        Well, it’s worth adding that Latin American socialism is not fading itself
  2. cap
    cap 16 July 2016 09: 39
    +4
    "By Latin American standards, the Venezuelan armed forces have a very high potential. At the same time, the prospects for the country in general and its armed forces in particular are far from bright. The fall in oil prices has led Venezuela to an unprecedented economic catastrophe on a global scale."

    Who had a hand in the fall in oil prices, explain?
    Fictitious oil reserves are only on paper, the story of shale oil driving the country into an ecological abyss,
    these are all links of one chain, closed mainly to state markets and reflected in world prices.
    The war on the BV (in Syria and Lebanon) warmed up for the unprecedented trade in stolen oil.
    It is a pity that Venezuela was among the first victims in this chain.
    I think the death of W. Chavez is not accidental.
    It is hoped that history will put everything in its place.
    1. razmik72
      razmik72 16 July 2016 10: 50
      0
      Chavez died of cancer, no one in the world has yet managed to infect a person with cancer, cancer is not an infectious disease.
      1. nesvobodnye
        nesvobodnye 16 July 2016 11: 17
        +8
        Quote: razmik72
        cancer is not an infectious disease.

        Cancer is caused by 3 reasons: heredity, radiation, chemicals. So its occurrence can be provoked.
        1. clidon
          clidon 16 July 2016 12: 17
          +4
          Do you think that Chavez was not guarded? With such a huge investment in the military?
        2. Kenneth
          Kenneth 16 July 2016 12: 37
          +4
          It’s easier to provoke a bullet in the head.
          1. vvv-73
            vvv-73 17 July 2016 11: 29
            +1
            Simpler, but not always more profitable. Politics is not a simple thing.
        3. razmik72
          razmik72 16 July 2016 12: 38
          -8
          Quote: nesvobodnye
          Quote: razmik72
          cancer is not an infectious disease.

          Cancer is caused by 3 reasons: heredity, radiation, chemicals. So its occurrence can be provoked.

          How can I provoke. Pour radon into coffee? Or polonium? smile
          1. Kotyara Fat
            Kotyara Fat 16 July 2016 23: 06
            +5
            Radon, I’m sorry, like gas ... It’s hard to pour it on ...
        4. atalef
          atalef 16 July 2016 12: 58
          -3
          Quote: nesvobodnye
          Cancer is caused by 3 reasons: heredity, radiation, chemicals. So its occurrence can be provoked

          Yes, Chavez was just lucky to die on time. Now, just as Moduro would spin like in a frying pan and wander around the world in search of dough.
          1. 72jora72
            72jora72 16 July 2016 21: 24
            +6
            Yes, Chavez was just lucky to die on time.
            I hope you are lucky too ....
        5. knn54
          knn54 16 July 2016 13: 42
          +2
          -nesvobodnye: Cancer is caused by 3 reasons: heredity, radiation, chemicals.
          Stomach cancer can be caused by the "brute force" of CERTAIN spices.
        6. Andrey Yuryevich
          Andrey Yuryevich 16 July 2016 19: 06
          +1
          Quote: nesvobodnye
          Cancer is caused by 3 reasons: heredity, radiation, chemicals.

          three and all? that is, carcinogens in foods, smoking, thumping, and other lying factors? Well, you give ... and you declare categorically, competently, as a specialist ... how many of you are ... what
          1. PSih2097
            PSih2097 16 July 2016 21: 53
            +3
            Quote: Andrey Yurievich
            smoking-thumping, and other factors-lies

            from coughing, only cirrhosis of the liver and pyelonephritis can be, if you don’t know, then alcohol reduces at times such diseases as cancer of the larynx, stomach, intestines right up to the rectum, ulcers and erosion of the stomach ...
            1. would
              would 17 July 2016 22: 08
              0
              then alcohol reduces at times such diseases as cancer of the larynx, stomach, intestines right down to the rectum, ulcers and erosion of the stomach ...


              Yeah ... only here is something Mallory-Weiss syndrome, so to speak, is a professional disease of alcoholics and was first described precisely in alcoholics and is almost always observed in alcoholics. Gastric ulcer is also one of the occupational diseases.

              Well, all sorts of studies there on the connection of oncology and alcoholism lie-lie.
        7. would
          would 17 July 2016 21: 59
          0
          Low knowledge in this topic is immediately visible. Cancer is caused by the existence of a multicellular organism as such: Cells are constantly dividing, DNA in existing and new ones is constantly being damaged for internal reasons, the immune system constantly catches damaged cells, but it is not 100% effective and the passage of a damaged cell is only a matter of time, but a specific time is a question only probabilities. And with aging, everything only becomes "more fun", the cells age (Hayflick limit, shortening of telomeres, activation of telomerase - says anything?). Heredity, radiation, chemical substances are only accompanying factors, but not the cause.

          And in spite of all "Rentals" it is incredibly difficult, costly, unreliable to induce oncology with the help of them. How are you going to irradiate with radiation? Someone should carry at a close distance from Ugo a certain radio-emitting device aimed specifically at him and constantly irradiate him. It is more likely that radium, for example, is imperceptibly added to food and water every time. In this case, irradiate so that there would be no overt radiation sickness. And this despite the fact that strictly defined persons are admitted to the first person who, of course, are also searched. And after all, the target's organism can cope with radiation and there will be no oncology in the near future! Did I mention the immune system constantly picking up damaged cells? It works. With chemical substances, the story is the same, it is necessary that the target constantly uses them, it was not noticeable, and as a result, oncology was formed, but it can be formed even at 80! So the theory of "cancer infection" is conspiratorial and, to put it mildly, does not stand up to criticism. Intelligence agencies have much simpler and more reliable methods of work: Heart failure as an option. After all, Hugo was fat, it was not good for the heart, he was generally over 50 and this was a difficult age, a lot of trips, a lot of stress ... so the heart could not stand it, and the drugs used would never be found. Everything will look like a natural course of events.

          By the way, what did he say about his illness, Hugo if you believe the biography from Konstantin Sapozhnikov:

          Health problems are my fault, as I took over all government affairs and tried to do everything at once. And I came to the conclusion that it is necessary to transfer powers so that the capabilities of different levels of government are used. I can’t do all the things, I need to set tasks and monitor their implementation. I don’t feel irreplaceable ... I killed myself: I ate everything, got fat to the size of a tank, had three telephones on all the time, watched something on TV and simultaneously called one of the ministers. People handed me notes asking for help. It was constant stress that prevented me from breathing, and it was my fault. I feel better now than ever. After the removal of the tumor, the restoration of health was in optimal mode, I lost 14 kilograms of weight [
      2. Kenneth
        Kenneth 16 July 2016 12: 38
        +2
        A little waist in slippers.
    2. Kenneth
      Kenneth 16 July 2016 12: 41
      +5
      Of course the world behind the scenes is to blame. And the fact that Chavez, by his rule, brought the country to such a wild dependence on oil prices. He was not warned that the price is fluctuating, and his brain was beaten off by paratroopers
  3. Ilja2016
    Ilja2016 16 July 2016 10: 20
    +1
    Khramchikhin, go read lectures on physics
  4. Pimply
    Pimply 16 July 2016 12: 51
    -4
    There and under Chavez and high oil prices, the economy has collapsed. By the way, largely due to his efforts
    1. Andrey Yuryevich
      Andrey Yuryevich 17 July 2016 15: 33
      +1
      Quote: Pimply
      There and under Chavez and high oil prices, the economy has collapsed. By the way, largely due to his efforts

      here is a moot point, and ... rather yes than no ...
  5. SokolfromRussia
    SokolfromRussia 16 July 2016 14: 14
    +1
    And again Hramchikhin ...
    - "The Marine Corps includes 9 brigades, as well as an engineering corps." The entire Marines of Venezuela have 7000 men! What 9 brigades can we talk about? In reality, there are only 4 brigades, of which one is special forces. And there is no engineering corps, there is a battalion.
    - "The ground forces include seven divisions, which include 28 combat brigades." 6 divisions and 20 brigades in total. There is no engineering division, there is a three-regiment corps.
    1. Andrey Yuryevich
      Andrey Yuryevich 16 July 2016 19: 08
      +1
      Quote: SokolfromRussia
      There is no engineering division, there is a three-regiment corps.

      Are you from Venezuela? or our measurements?
      1. SokolfromRussia
        SokolfromRussia 17 July 2016 17: 42
        +1
        Measurements provided by Min. The defense of Venezuela in their publications.
        Read the original sources, not dreamers.
      2. SokolfromRussia
        SokolfromRussia 17 July 2016 18: 14
        0
        And yes, Khramchikhin here on the VO has repeatedly been caught on obvious errors and unreliable sources. Of course, it is always easier to criticize than to write oneself, but now, when it is not a problem to find the structure of almost every army, using outdated data is disrespect for the readers.
  6. Nehist
    Nehist 17 July 2016 08: 22
    0
    AMX 30 Obsolete? He laughed ..... Then our 72 can be called anocharism ...
  7. Cat
    Cat 17 July 2016 20: 20
    0
    Amx 30 with cardboard armor, more than obsolete. The protection of a tanaka from a 20 mm gun is nonsense. The superiority to T72 is only in maximum speed on the highway. The rest is in the red.