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Honduras: The Armed Forces
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The armed forces includes the army, the air force, the navy, and the public security force (Fusep). Most internal security functions and some police activities fall under Fusep control. Each of the four branches has its own distinct organizational structure and equipment and the logistical problems posed by servicing a variety of small arms. The country has no weapons manufacturing capability and must import all of its equipment and supplies. The army is top-heavy with officers. By comparison, the Salvadoran army is double the size of the Honduran, yet both armies have about 250 senior officers. The average United States infantry division has 18,000 soldiers -- about 4,000 more than the entire Honduran army -- but only twenty to twenty-five senior officers. On the other hand, Honduras has the most balanced ground, air, and naval forces in Central America. The army is equipped with a small number of modern light tanks and anti-aircraft and artillery pieces; the air force has the only supersonic aircraft in the region; and the navy has the fastest and best-equipped boats in Central America.

Data as of December 1993

Last Updated: December 1993

Editor's Note: Country Studies included here were published between 1988 and 1998. The Country study for Honduras was first published in 1995. 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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