According to the 2021 list of a powerful army prepared by Global Fire Power. The Spanish army would be in 18th place, two places above 2020, and ahead of powers such as Israel or Canada.
It does not seem likely that Spain will be involved in any armed conflict in the short or medium term. But this does not mean that we must lose sight of the importance of the deterrent capacity. The Armed Forces are powerful enough so that no one thinks of our country as a target vulnerable.
Does Spain have a powerful army?
Well, like everything else, it depends on who we compare ourselves with. Obviously, far are the times when our Thirds dominated Europe. And their mere mention was capable of putting fear into any enemy. However, we are not in the global queue either. We are far from the Champions League positions. Which are usually always occupied by the great powers. Such as the United States, Russia, or China, as well as the United Kingdom, France, or India. But the Armed Forces continue to play in the First Division.
In order to “portray” each country, the Global Fire Power index takes into account up to 55 factors. From the availability of troops to enlist in the event of a possible conflict. The total number of weapons at their disposal. Through geographical factors or the local arms industry. In this case, it lists 138 countries in which Spain ranks 18th. Although it can be said that in previous years we ranked 28th.
Ahead of us, of course, and in order from highest to lowest, the United States, Russia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, France, United Kingdom, Brazil, Pakistan, Turkey, Italy, Egypt, Iran, Germany, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia and ahead, in the “top 20” of Australia and Israel, whom we have overtaken this year.
In the new top positions of the table, there is no news and Pakistan rises in 10th, with a strong rise after its recent friction with its “natural enemy” India. The “falls” of Egypt or Germany stand out.
In most cases, these are great economic powers or countries located in conflict zones or military dictatorships that invest a higher percentage than Spain in Defense.
Behind Spain are also economic powers such as Canada, Poland, Ukraine, Thailand, Algeria, or North Korea.
This report assigns 519 aircraft to Spain, including 140 combat fighters, 133 helicopters, 24 of which are attack aircraft, 327 battle tanks, 3,500 armed vehicles, 96 self-propelled artillery pieces, 140 artillery pieces; 77 warships (highlighting an aircraft carrier, 11 frigates, two submarines or 6 minesweepers) and 140,000 people who are part of the military personnel, of which 125,000 would be active and the other 15,000 in reserve.
By sectors, by a number of units (not by quality and tradition). This ranking places the Spanish Navy in 32nd place. Behind countries such as Qatar, Poland, Bangladesh, or Greece. Although it is one of the 13 countries in the world that have an aircraft carrier (both airplanes and helicopters). In this case, the ship “Juan Carlos I”, despite being more versatile. In this ranking, the United States is well above the rest. With 20, followed by Japan and France, with four each, Egypt, the United Kingdom, Italy and Australia, with two, and Russia, South Korea, India, Thailand, and China, along with Spain, with one each.
It should be noted that, by a number of ships, China is in the first position, despite the fact that it only has two aircraft carriers, while the United States falls fourth despite having 11 of these ships.
By air force, Spain ranks 23rd and the Army plunges 47th, between Indonesia and Bosnia Herzegovina.
Within the NATO countries, the ranking places Spain as the seventh most powerful country and within the European Union as the fifth, with France being the first, followed by the United Kingdom, Germany, and Italy.
Although Spain is not in any of the categories among the top 10. It does stand out that it is among the 13 countries in the world. That have an aircraft carrier (both planes and helicopters). In this case, the ship “Juan Carlos I”, despite having a more versatile character. In this ranking, the United States is well above the rest, with 20. Followed by Japan and France, with four each, Egypt, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Australia, with two, and Russia, South Korea, India, Thailand, and China, along with Spain, with one each.
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