Algeria is the largest importer of conventional arms in Africa and the 7th largest in the world for the period 2013-2017. This was revealed by a report of the research and information group on peace and security, ensuring that the neighbor of the East has spent a budget of $ 8.6 Billion in 2017 for defense.
Algeria seeks, through these investments, to compete with Morocco in this area and to stir tensions around the regional dispute of the Moroccan Sahara.
Algerian imports of military equipment accounted for 3.7% of exports globally and 52% for the African continent, compared to only 0.9% for Morocco. In 2017, Algeria spent 5.7% of its GDP on military spending.
The main suppliers of Algiers are France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden and Russia. Algeria’s military arsenal consists mainly of tanks, missiles, surveillance radars, command systems, submarines and corvettes.
Algeria has delivered several state-of-the-art military equipment to the Polisario to prepare for any military intervention.