Military of Ecuador

The Fuerzas Armadas del Ecuador are the Armed Forces of the Republic of Ecuador.


They consist of the following branches of the armed forces:

  • Army ( Ejército Ecuatoriano )
  • Navy ( Armada del Ecuador)
  • Air Force ( Fuerza Aérea Ecuatoriana )

Commander in chief is the President of Ecuador. The army was mainly involved in border disputes with Peru. Defence spending amounted to 0.9% of gross domestic product ( 2009).


The country fought under Simón Bolívar and Antonio José de Sucre 1821, independence from Spain and was until 1830 the Gran Colombia. His other independent historical path was characterized by high political and territorial instability. The incessant succession of numerous coups and coups extends to the present day. In the 19th century there were constant civil war in shorter episodes, a development that could be after the middle of the century, interrupted by the clerical dictatorship of Gabriel García Moreno for several years.


The army has, inter alia, 30 Leopard 1 main battle tanks and armored personnel carriers ( BTR -3), the Air Force over 50 Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano, 6 Dassault Mirage 50 and 12 Atlas Cheetah fighter aircraft. The marina has 20 major units, including the sail training ship Guayas, six corvettes of the Tipo 550 class and 2 submarines submarine class 209 (Type 1300).