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10 most powerful armies in the world

However, the Defense budget is not the only factor that triggers countries to reach the highest positions in the ranking of military power carried out by Global Firepower, which assesses up to 55 different factors and assigns an index to 138 countries. The diversity of weapons, the number of military personnel available, the geography, the logistical capacity, and the natural resources available, as well as the local industry, are just some of the qualities that are taken into account to compile this global index. Of course, the possession of nuclear weapons is outside this study.

In this ranking, the countries that are part of NATO, such as Spain, obtain a small bonus because the alliance theoretically shares its war resources. Balance is the key. A large combat force on land, sea, and air with a solid economy, a defensible territory, and an efficient infrastructure, are the qualities to value the total military power of a nation,” says the report.

Unlike the most powerful, the three countries that receive the worst results are Somalia, Liberia, and Bhutan.

  1. United States

Defense Budget: $ 750 billion

Population: 329,256,465

Military personnel: 2,260,000

Combat aircraft: 2,085

Attack helicopters: 967

Tanks: 6289

Ships: 490 (20 aircraft carriers and 66 submarines)

  1. Russia

Defense Budget: $ 48 billion

Population: 142,122,776

Military personnel: 3,013,628

Combat aircraft: 873

Attack helicopters: 531

Tanks: 12,950

Ships: 603 (one aircraft carrier and 62 submarines)

  1. China

Defense Budget: $ 237 billion

Population: 1,384,688,986

Military personnel: 2,693,000

Combat aircraft: 3,210

Attack helicopters: 281

Tanks: 3,500

Ships: 777 (Two aircraft carriers and 74 submarines)

  1. India

Defense Budget: $ 47 billion

Population: 1,296,834,042

Military personnel: 3,544,000

Combat aircraft: 538

Attack helicopters: 23

Tanks: 4,292

Ships: 285 (One aircraft carrier and 16 submarines)

  1. Japan

Defense Budget: $ 49 billion

Population: 126,168,156

Military personnel: 303,160

Combat aircraft: 279

Attack helicopters: 119

Tanks: 1,004

Ships: 155 (four aircraft carriers and 20 submarines)

  1. South Korea

Defense Budget: $ 44 billion

Population: 51,418,097

Military personnel: 3,680,000

Combat aircraft: 414

Attack helicopters: 112

Tanks: 2,614

Ships: 234 (two aircraft carriers and 22 submarines)

  1. France

Defense Budget: $ 41.5 billion

Population: 67,364,357

Military personnel: 451,635

Combat aircraft: 269

Attack helicopters: 62

Tanks: 528

Ships: 180 (four aircraft carriers and nine submarines)

  1. United Kingdom

Defense Budget: $ 55.1 billion

Population: 65,105,246

Military personnel: 275,660

Combat aircraft: 133

Attack helicopters: 49

Tanks: 227

Ships: 88 (two aircraft carriers and 10 submarines)

  1. Egypt

Defense Budget: $ 11.2 billion

Population: 99,413,317

Military personnel: 920,000

Combat aircraft: 215

Attack helicopters: 81

Tanks: 4,295

Ships: 316 (two aircraft carriers and eight submarines)

  1. Brazil

Defense Budget: $ 27.8 billion

Population: 208,846,892

Military personnel: 1,674,500

Combat aircraft: 43

Attack helicopters: 12

Tanks: 437

Ships: 112 (without aircraft carriers and six submarines)

 

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