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Honduras Table of Contents



Figure 9. Organization of the Army, 1993

Source: Based on information from Jane's Intelligence Review, [London], February 1993, 90-93.

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 (see fig. 9). The capabilities of the Honduran armed forces are hindered by a lack of armored personnel carriers (APCs) 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