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transport planes, Mekong River, LPA, MiG, helicopters

In 1976 the guerrilla forces that overthrew the royal Lao regime became the Lao People’s Army (LPA). In 2001 the LPA had 25,600 members, equipped with aging tanks and artillery. The air force numbered 3,500 men and also was equipped with aging equipment, including MiG-21 fighters, helicopters, and transport planes. A tiny 600-strong navy patrols the Mekong River. Lao men must serve in the military for a minimum of 18 months.



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