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The Structure of the Cuban Armed Forces
Ministerio de las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias (MINFAR)

The Cuban Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces


    "The deployment of the first Cuban combat forces to Angola in 1975 marked the beginning of a new mission for the MINFAR, that of providing official foreign combat support to fellow Third World nations. In early 1985, almost 10 years later, the size of the Cuban Expeditionary Force in Angola was estimated at between 25,000 and 30,000."

"Cuba: a country study". Edited by James D. Rudolph, published in March 1985 by the Foreign Area Studies Department of the The American University


    "At the conclusion of the 1980s, the Cuban military was one of the largest in the Western Hemisphere, with an estimated 180,500 personnel, of whom more than three-fourths were ground troops. The FAR was also one of the best-equipped armed forces in the Latin American region, if not the entire developing world, counting in its inventory more than 100 MiG fighterjets (including new MiG-29s, which were then being delivered), several submarines, more than 1,000 main battle tanks, and an array of missiles and other armaments."

"Cuba: a country study". Edited by Rex A. Hudson, published in April 2001 by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress of the USA



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