Algeria’s military goes on an arms spree


But the question is. Is Algeria only buying quantity or is it buying in quality. When can Algeria make its own military industry,its own weapons.

Algeria’s powerful armed forces, which operate Africa’s largest defense budget, are seeking a 14 percent hike in defense spending as they awaits delivery of two German A200 frigates and 19 Russian T-90 tanks.

The Defense Ministry has requested a $10.3 billion budget for 2013 that reflects the country’s military modernization drive and the widening security challenges it faces.

Despite the increased dangers for Algeria’s oil and natural gas industry, its economic backbone, “thanks to oil and gas revenues, the Algerian state has gone from an international financial basket case in the 1990s, to one of the richest in the world, with as much as $200 billion in reserves,” the Financial Times observed.

Algeria has North Africa’s second largest military. Jane’s information group says Algeria was arguably the biggest military spender in Africa in 2009 and is the ninth largest arms importer in the world.

 

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