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Ghana: Foreign Military Assistance
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Like most African armed forces, the Ghanaian military has depended on foreign military assistance since independence. Initially, Ghana looked to the West, especially Britain, for equipment, training, and command support. As Ghanaian politics became radicalized and the world divided along East-West lines, Ghana's military diversified its sources of military aid by developing ties to radical states such as the former Soviet Union, China, the German Democratic Republic (GDR, or East Germany), and Libya. After the Cold War ended, Ghana again turned to the West for most of its military needs.

Data as of November 1994

Last Updated: November 1994

Editor's Note: Country Studies included here were published between 1988 and 1998. The Country study for Ghana was first published in 1994. Where available, the data has been updated through 2008. The date at the bottom of each section will indicate the time period of the data. Information on some countries may no longer be up to date. See the "Research Completed" date at the beginning of each study on the Title Page or the "Data as of" date at the end of each section of text. This information is included due to its comprehensiveness and for historical purposes.

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