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The Paraguayan Army is composed of a Presidential Escort Regiment, two battalions (infantry and military police), an armored squadron, and a battery of field artillery. Their equipment includes three Argentinean modified M4 Sherman, four EE-9 Cascavel armored cars, four EE-11 Urutu armored personnel carriers (APCs), three M-9 half-tracks mounting 20mm guns, and four M-101 105 mm howitzers. Arguably, this "flagship" of military rule is structurally and physically the strongest of the EP. The REP is an independent unit from other commands. The EP features two artillery groups (GAC 1–12 88 mm QF-25 and GAC 2–12 105mm M-101) and one antiaircraft artillery group (GAA 13 40 mm L 40/60, Oerlikon 20mm cannons, and six M-55 4x12, 7.0 mm).

Six battalions of combat engineers, one communications battalion, one Special Forces battalion, seven regiments of infantry, six regiments of cavalry (R.C.-2 equipped with 12 M3A1, five operational, 20 M9 semioruga and R.C.-3: 24 EE-9 Cascavels, eitht EE-11 Urutu). This has little organic aviation available to it.

Each corps has a weapons school run by its command. The logistical command manages 10 addresses materials, mobilization, health care, etc. The command of the Army Institute of Education administers three schools, commissioned and noncommissoned officers, a military academy, and the CIMEFOR (a center for pre-military study that trains Reserve officers).

Each of the nine divisions that make up the three corps has one or two regiments of infantry or cavalry, its platoon of engineers, its communications section, military police units, etc.

Order of Battle of the Paraguayan Army[]

  • Presidential Escort regiment with its base in Asuncion
    • 1st Corps of the army (Curuguaty)
  • Infantry Division no. 3
  • Infantry Division no. 4
  • Cavalry Division no. 3**2nd Corps of the army (San Juan Bautista)
    • Infantry Division no. 1
    • Infantry Division no. 2
    • Cavalry Division no. 2
      • 3rd Corps of the army (Mariscal Estigarribia)
    • Infantry Division no. 5
    • Infantry Division no. 6
    • Cavalry Division no. 1
    • Special forces command (Cerrito)
    • One Special Forces battalion and one Special Forces school.
    • Artillery command (Paraguari)
    • Two artillery groups and one anti-aircraft groups, one artillery school.
    • One school and one regiment of infantry.
    • Command of engineers (Tacumbu)
    • One school and six battalions.
    • Command of communications (Tacumbu)
    • One school and one battalion.
    • The command of military institutes of education
    • One military academy, three military schools, and a noncommissoned officers' academy.
    • The longistic command (Asuncion)
    • The longistic command manages 10, addresses materials, mobilization, health care, etc. Army:

Armored vehicles[]

  • 03 M4 Sherman medium tanks equipped with a 105 mm gun & diesel engine
  • 12 light tanks M3 Stuart, with only five operational
  • 03 M2T9, upgraded in Brazil with a diesel engine and a.a. gun Oerlikon GAI of 20mm.
  • 20 M9 Semiorugas half-tracks donated by Argentina in 2007–2009.
  • 28 EE-9 Cascavel armored cars, modernized in Brazil in 2008 (equipped with Cockerill Mk-3)
  • 12 EE-11 Urutu APC, modernized in Brazil in 2008

Transportation[]

  • 70 truck Atego 1725a-42 purachased between 2007–2008
  • n/a Toyota Land Cruiser light vehicles
  • n/a Mitsubishi L 200 pick-up
  • 108 Ford Cargo 1517 4x2 including specialized purachased between 2005 and 2007

    The Paraguayan Special Forces

  • n/a Mercedes Benz trucks several models purachased from Brazil in 1990–98
  • n/a Mercedes Benz, several models Brasil Purchased in 1990–1998
  • n/a MAN 630L2A MAN 630L2A Purchased in 1960–1970
  • n/a Unimog Argentina a few seen in photographs.
  • n/a Chevrolet S-10,pick-up
  • n/a Trucks EE-25 and EE-15 Brazil Just as shows and specialty
  • n/a Light vehicles Varios Several Includes ambulances, and trucks (up to 100 units), some of Taiwanese origin.

Artillery pieces and mortars[]

  • 06 75mm Bofors L 40 Model 1927/34 guns from Argentina
  • 12 75mm Krupp from Brasil
  • 17 105mm M101 howitzers
  • 12 88mm British Ordnance QF-25 howitzer (10 in service,G-1 from South Africa 1988–1990).
  • 116 81mm mortars (Stokes-Brandt 81mm)
  • 42 60mm mortars
  • 08 107mm mortars (M-2 & M-32 mortars)
  • n/a Schneider 75mm 1927 (8 used in school or retired)
  • n/a Schneider 105mm 1927 (6 used in school or retired)
  • 13 40mm L 40/60 air defense guns, six donated by Argentina in 2008
  • 20 Oerlikon Typ S (Mod 1938) 20 mm cannon air-defense guns
  • 38 120mm, M-120 mortars
  • 06 M55 A.A. 4x12,7mm

Anti Tank Weapons[]

  • 12 M3 37mm Anti Tank weapon
  • 08 M40A1 106mm Recoilless Rifle
  • 31 M20 75mm Recoilless Rifle
  • 32 M18 57mm Recoilless Rifle
  • 19 M72 LAW 66mm

Army aviation[]

Infantry Equipment[]

  • Berretta M9 9mm (Batt.Special Forces donated by U.S.A. in 2009)
  • Browning Hi Power (general service) (standard sidearm)
  • SIG SG 540 5,56mm
  • Colt M16 5,56mm (general service,from China Norinco CQ-5.56mm Type A and Taiwan T-65)
  • HK MP-3 9mm
  • Madsen M.53 9mm
  • Uzi 9.0 mm (general service)
  • 348 Brno de 7,62mm Rep. Checa
  • 156 Browning M1919A4 (limited service) (in use on tripods and as coaxial guns on M4A3 Firefly medium tanks)
  • 12 M2 Browning machine gun 0.50 (general service) (used on tripods and vehicles)
  • Beretta AR70/90
  • M4A1 5.56 mm (from China Norinco CQ-5,56 and from Taiwan T-86)
  • 6.600 Heckler & Koch G3A3 (general service) (part in reserve)
  • Steyr SSG-69 7,62mm
  • Galil Sniper 7,62
  • 23 FN MAG-60-20 Infanterie 7.62 mm (general service) (in use on EE-9 armored cars)
  • FALO-50-42 (part in reserve)
  • 30 M79 grenade launchers

See also[]

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