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Indochinese National Forces
Lực Lượng Quốc Gia Đông Dương
Flag of Indochinese DR
The INF forces hold the national flag as their banner
Founded 27 January 1995
Service branches Main Force Infantry (CLBB)
Main Force Air Units (CLKK)
Main Force Naval Units (CLDV)
Local Force (LLDP)
Civil Defense Force (DQTV)
Special Forces (LLDB)
Military Police (CSQS)
Intelligence Service (BDT - Bộ Tra)
Headquarters Central Military Commission, Hanoi
Air arm flying hours 10 AM - 2 AM
Leadership
High Commander President Nguyễn Văn Đỗ
CMC Secretary Secretary Phú Chúp Trọng
Command organ Central Military Commission
Manpower
Military age 15 - 49
Conscription 18 - 25
Available for
military service
21,341,813, age 15 - 49 (2011 est.)
Fit for
military service
16,032,358, age 15 - 49 (2011 est.)
Reaching military
age annually
915,572 (2011 est.)
Active personnel 712,000
Reserve personnel undisclosed
Deployed personnel varying
Expenditures
Budget 4 billion USD
Percent of GDP 4,21%
Industry
Domestic suppliers Existing reserves, inheritance
Foreign suppliers Various private enterprises

The Indochinese National Forces (INF) is the national army of the Indochinese Democratic Republic. The National Forces are land troops mainly, though there are small air force and navy divisions too. The most notable intervention by the National Forces was when several provinces rebelled against the central government in 1994. The INF falls under the command of supreme commander and Indochinese president Nguyễn Văn Đỗ. The military of the Indochinese Democratic Republic is in effect a military police force to control the inland population. Since the creation of the Indochinese National Forces not a single serving unit has crossed the Indochinese borders. The biggest lack of the Indochinese National Forces is that they do not posses up-to-date advanced military equipment. Besides a fair amount of light artillery and tank divisions, the Indochinese army depends on deploying guerrilla warfare tactics and hit-and-run raids. Some international observers doubt whether Indochina can defend its urban centers against a foreign invasion at all.

Organization

The Supreme Commander of the National Forces is the President of Indochina, though this position is nominal and real power is assumed by the Central Military Commission of the ruling Unity Party of Indochina. The secretary of Central Military Commission is the de facto Commander and now is Phú Chúp Trọng. The Minister of National Defense oversees operations of the Ministry of Defence, and the INF. He also oversees such agencies as the General Staff and the General Logistics Department.

During peacetime, the standing forces are minimized in number, and kept combat-ready by regular physical and weapons training, and stock maintenance. During peaceful periods, the INF has actively been involved in Indochina's workforce to develop the economy of the country, to coordinate national defense and the economy. The INF has regularly sent troops to aid with natural disasters such as flooding, landslides etc. The INF is also involved in such areas as industry, agriculture, forestry, fishery and telecommunications. The INF has numerous small firms which have become quite profitable in recent years. However, recent decrees have effectively prohibited the commercialisation of the military.

Branches

The VPA is a "triple armed force" composed of the Main Force (Chủ Lực), the Local Force (Lực Lượng Địa Phương) and the Civil Defense Force (Dân Quân-Tự Vệ). As with most countries' armed forces, the INF consists of standing, or regular, forces as well as reserve forces.

  • Main Force Infantry (CLBB): the in-service regular ground troops, main force within the INF.
  • Main Force Air Units (CLKK): a limited amount of in-service air units, mainly helicopters.
  • Main Force Naval Units (CLDV): a limited amount of in-service naval units, mainly hovercrafts.
  • Local Force (LLDP): local networks of in-service and reserve troops for defense and surveillance.
  • Civil Defense Force (DQTV): regional units of mainly reserve troops, comparable to militants.
  • Special Forces (LLDB): elite units trained to hit the enemy hard, used for guerilla warfare.
  • Military Police (CSQS): politicized and heavily armed police force for maintaining domestic order.
  • Intelligence Service (BDT): called Bộ Tra for short, the Indochinese intelligence service.

The main force of the INF consists of combat ready troops, as well as support units such as educational institutions for logistics, officer training, and technical training. The Vietnamese ground forces are attributed with an estimated 712,000 personnel. Formations include twelve military regions, 21 corps headquarters, 24 armoured brigades, six mechanised infantry divisions, and 87 infantry divisions whose strengths range from 5,000 to 12,500. Smaller formations include 17 independent infantry regiments, two airborne brigades, various land combat battalions, urban combat battalions and water-based combat battalions, more than 14 brigades of field artillery, eight divisions and more than 20 independent brigades of engineers, and 16 economic construction divisions. Perhaps Most notable is the existence of special task force units with unique high-level guerrila offensive combat tactics.

Local forces are an entity of the INF that, together with the militia and "self-defense forces," act on the local level in protection of people and local authorities. While the local forces are regular INF forces, the militia consists of rural civilians, and the self-defense forces consist of civilians who live in urban areas and/or work in large groups, such as at construction sites or farms. The current number stands at 4 million part-time soldiers.

Equipment and technology

Indochina DR inherited most of its equipment from the Cold War era. The Indochinese have also produced their own equipment and repaired existing equipment. Estimates of the available equipment are as follows:

  • 3,000+ tanks: 990 T-55 (to be upgraded to T-55M3), 480 T-72, 220 T-62, 360 Type-59 and 665 light tanks
  • 3,600+ APC: details below, ex-Soviet, American (United Sates) and Israeli origin
  • 2,889 Artillery
  • 201 Helicopters

Tanks

  • Flag of Poland T-72M1 Main battle tank (480)
  • Flag of Soviet Union T-62 Main battle tank (220)
  • Flag of Soviet Union T-54/55 Main battle tank (990, upgrading to T-55 M3)
  • Flag of Israel T-55M3 Main battle tank upgraded version of T-55 (990 planned)
  • Flag of the People's Republic of China Type-59 Main battle tank (360)
  • Flag of the People's Republic of China Type 63 Amphibious light tank (320)
  • Flag of the People's Republic of China Type 62 Light tank (180)
  • Flag of Soviet Union PT-76 Light tank (300)
  • Flag of North Korea PT-85 Light tank (45)
  • Flag of Soviet Union SU-100 Tank destroyer (132) - Mainly use for training
  • Flag of the United States M48 Patton Main battle tank (40) - Phased out of service in the 1990s due to lack of spare parts, mainly use for training
  • Flag of the United States M-41 Light tank (90) - Phased out of service in the 1990s due to lack of spare parts, mainly use for training

IFV/APCs

  • Flag of Soviet Union BMP-1 Infantry fighting vehicle (600)
  • Flag of Soviet Union BMP-2 Infantry fighting vehicle (600)
  • Flag of Soviet Union BTR-50 Tracked armoured personnel carrier (750)
  • Flag of Soviet Union BTR-60 Wheeled armoured personnel carrier (450)
  • Flag of Soviet Union BTR-70 Wheeled armoured personnel carrier (150)
  • Flag of Soviet Union BRDM-1 Reconnaissance vehicle (120)
  • Flag of Soviet Union BRDM-2 Reconnaissance vehicle (480)
  • Flag of Israel RAM-2000 Armored Mine Protected Vehicle (150) from Israel Aerospace Industries
  • Flag of the United States M-113 armored personnel carrier (245)
  • Flag of the United States V-150 wheeled armoured personnel carrier (125)
  • Flag of Soviet Union BTR-80 Wheeled armoured personnel carrier (15) - Mainly for civilian rescue operations

Infantry weapons

  • Flag of Soviet Union TT-33 Pistols - Used by Militia Force
  • Flag of Soviet Union PM Pistols Standard issue service pistol.
  • Flag of Soviet Union APS Pistols Standard issue
  • Flag of the People's Republic of China Type-54 Pistols (Chinese copy of TT-33) - Used by Militia Force
  • Flag of Soviet Union AKM Assault rifles Standard issue
  • Flag of Soviet Union AK-74 Assault rifle - In limited service with the Naval Infantry
  • Flag of the United States XM-177E2 Carbines - Used by Special Force and marine police
  • Flag of the United States M16 Assault rifles - In storage due to lack of ammo
  • Flag of the United States M16A1 Assault rifles - In storage due to lack of ammo
  • Flag of the United States M14 Battle Rifle - In storage due to lack of ammo
  • Flag of Soviet Union SKS-45 Carbines - Militia force and military police
  • Flag of the People's Republic of China Type 56 Carbines - Militia force and military police
  • Flag of Soviet Union SVD Snipe rifles Standard issue
  • Flag of Soviet Union SVU Snipe rifles - Used by Special Force
  • Flag of Soviet Union AKS-74U Compact assault rifles - Used by Special Force
  • Flag of the Union of Soviet Sovereign Republics PP-19 Bizon Submachine guns - Used by Special Force
  • Flag of Poland PM-63 Submachine guns - Used by Special Force
  • Flag of Germany MP-5A4 Submachine guns - Used by Special Force
  • Flag of Israel Uzi Submachine guns - Used by Special Force
  • Flag of Israel MiniUzi Submachine guns - Used by Special Force
  • Flag of Israel MicroUzi Submachine guns - Used by Special Force
  • Flag of Soviet Union RPD-44 Light machine guns Standard issue
  • Flag of Soviet Union RPK Light machine guns Standard issue
  • Flag of Soviet Union PKM General purpose machine guns Standard issue
  • Flag of Soviet Union DShK-38/DShKM Heavy machine guns Standard issue
  • Flag of Soviet Union NSV Heavy machine Guns Standard issue
  • Flag of the United States M2HB Heavy machine guns - In storage due to lack of ammo
  • Flag of the United States M-60 Machine guns - In storage due to lack of ammo
  • Flag of Soviet Union GP-25 Grenade launchers - Used by Special Force
  • Flag of Soviet Union AGS-17 Automatic grenade launchers Standard issue
  • Flag of the United States M-79 Grenade launchers Standard issue - In storage due to lack of ammo
  • Flag of South Africa MGL Mk-1 Grenade launcher - Used by Special Force
  • Flag of the People's Republic of China Type 69 RPG Rocket propelled grenade system
  • Flag of Soviet Union RPG-7V Rocket propelled grenade system Standard issue
  • Flag of Soviet Union RPG-7D Rocket propelled grenade system - Used by Airborne Infantry
  • Flag of the Union of Soviet Sovereign Republics RPG-29 Rocket-propelled grenade system

Artillery

  • Flag of Soviet Union B-10 82 mm Recoilless gun (700)
  • Flag of Soviet Union B-11 107 mm Recoilless gun (900)
  • Flag of Soviet Union SPG-9 73 mm Recoilless gun (900)
  • Flag of Soviet Union 2S1 122 mm Self-propelled artillery gun (260)
  • Flag of Soviet Union 2S3 152 mm Self-propelled artillery gun (240)
  • Flag of Soviet Union D-20 152 mm Howitzer gun (720)
  • Flag of Soviet Union D-30 122 mm Howitzer gun (900)
  • Flag of Soviet Union M-46 130 mm Towed field gun (480)
  • Flag of Soviet Union BM-13 16 tubes 140 mm Multiple rocket launchers (160)
  • Flag of Soviet Union BM-14 16 tubes 140 mm Multiple rocket launchers (372)
  • Flag of Soviet Union BM-21 40 tubes 122 mm Multiple-launch rocket system (732)
  • Flag of Soviet Union SS-1 Scud B/C/D Tactical ballistic missiles (2,000 missiles and 90 launchers)
  • Flag of Soviet Union ZSU-57-2 57 mm Self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (530)
  • Flag of Soviet Union ZSU-23-4 23 mm Self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (500)
  • Flag of Soviet Union [1]] 37 mm Air defense gun (3,600)
  • Flag of Soviet Union ZU-23-2 23 mm Towed anti-aircraft gun (7,200)
  • Flag of Soviet Union S-60 57 mm towed anti-aircraft gun (4,800)
  • Flag of the People's Republic of China Type 65 37 mm Towed anti-aircraft gun (1,200)

Missiles

Helicopters

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