A Brief Account Of The Peruvian MoD

The Peruvian Ministry of Defence (Ministerio de Defensa) is comprised of the following military branches:

  • Peruvian Army (Ejército del Perú)
  • Peruvian Navy (Marina de Guerra del Perú)
  • Peruvian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea del Perú)

Peru faces a number of internal and external concerns which drive its defence budget such as ageing equipment, threats from the Shining Path guerrilla group, narco-terrorists, drugs, weapons, and human traffickers, international peacekeeping missions, natural disaster assistance (humanitarian aid), and tense relations with its neighbours, Chile for example. Future purchases will more than likely be made on multi-role, training, and transport aircraft, frigates, and main battle tanks. For fiscal year 2018, the defence sector will see a budget allocation of more than $2.300 million, an increase from 2017.



Modernizing equipment and acquiring new and used equipment is high on Peru’s defence agenda despite procurement hiccups. An example of this is the acquisition of SIGINT equipment for two Fokker 50 aircraft (previously belonging to the Royal Netherlands Air Force), which fell through due to compliance issues involving documentation to be submitted by bidders. The government is looking to spend around $24.9 million and has asked interested companies to submit their proposals by December 26, 2017.

The Peruvian Navy plays an important role in the Pacific Ocean, which is why the Peruvian Coast Guard recently selected the Israeli-made Typhoon Mk-30c gun from Rafael Advanced Defense Systems for it Rio Pativilca class. The Typhoon Mk-30c is equipped with a 30mm Mk44 with a firing rate of up to 200 rounds per minute. With its multi-mission capability, the gun can be used against drone threats and can operate over a 24-hour period in surveillance mode.

ARMS EXPORTS TO PERU – 2014-2016 (in $ million)

COUNTRIES EXPORTING TO PERU – 2014-2016 (in $ million)  


Written by Sylvia Caravotas (Satovarac Consulting) for OIDA

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