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10 Countries with Strongest Armies in the World

Armies are considered an important part of a country and its security. Every year, a large fortune is allocated out of the budget for fighting battles. Countries take special initiatives to strengthen themselves militarily. If we try to compare the armies of the different nations to gauge the countries with strongest armies, it would probably not be possible to do so hypothetically. However, without leading to a bloodbath, we can have a fair idea about the military strengths of countries by taking into account the arsenal in their possession, advanced technologies implemented, training, power and number of allies, size of the army, budget allocated, etc. While it is a rather subjective issue, several organizations, such as Business Insider, conduct their own studies to rank the military powers. Let’s take a look at the Top 10 Countries with Strongest Armies.

10. Japan

Countries with Strongest Armies
Japan was the land of Samurais, and Japan was a leading military force in WW-II. Interestingly, its peace treaty at the end of WW-II prohibits it from having an offensive army. In response to its growing disputes with the ever-expanding China, Japan started military expansion, first time in 40 years, placing new base on outer islands. It increased its military spending, first time in 11 years, to $49.1 billion, the world’s 6th highest. It has over 247,000 active personnel and almost 60,000 in reserve. With 1,595 aircraft, it is the 5th largest air force. The army is also equipped with 131 war ships. Besides, through its recent defence initiatives, it maintains a solid military presence in Asia.

9. South Korea

Countries with Strongest Armies
South Korea shares its border with North Korea which has an extremely powerful army at its disposal, and hence, is a constant threat to South Korea. But, its offensive neighbour is not its only problem. To meet the increasing armament of China and Japan, South Korea has been increasing its defence expenditure, which is now $34 billion. It maintains a large army of over 640,000 active personnel and 2,900,000 additional personnel in the reserve, alongside the 6th largest air force with 1,393 aircraft, as well as a small 166 ships. The country has about 15,000 land weapons, including rocket systems, as well as 2,346 tanks. It routinely participates in military training with the US.

8. Turkey

Countries with Strongest Armies
It was perhaps the struggle of the other countries sharing borders with the regions where the Islamic State has a strong presence, the struggle in Syria or the probability of clashes with the Kurdish separatist organization, PKK, which made Turkey realize that it needs to prepare itself to face danger head on, if and when it approaches, and decide to increase its investment in defence in 2015 by 10%. Its defence budget is at $18.18 billion. Its army size, including regular troops and reserves, is just above 660,000. Turkey’s air force has 1000 aircraft. The military also claims to 16,000 land weapons. It has strong diplomatic ties with the US, and partakes in initiatives around the world.

7. Germany

German special forces
Germany is one of the strongest economic forces in the world, but despite spending around $45 million every year, the army’s condition seems to have deteriorated in the past few years. This is perhaps because, the generation born and growing up in the 1950-60s were against war and its atrocities, and the fear of being beaten by countries with strongest armies, still discourages the people to join the army. In 2011, mandatory military service was eliminated to prevent the country from being a militarized country. It has only 183,000 active frontline personnel and 145,000 reservists, alongside 710 aircraft in total, and on-land armament of nearly 5,000 of various kinds.

6. France

French Army Jawan
France is another country to follow Germany’s lead because, in 2013, it took the decision to ‘effectively ‘freeze’ its military spending, and cut down on the defence jobs by 10%, to save money for technologically advanced equipment. Its current military budget stands at $43 a year, which is 1.9% of the country’s GDP, much below the spending target as set by NATO. Over 220,000 regular force combines with reservists to form a force of about 500,000. It has just over 1,000 aircraft, along with 9,000 ground vehicles. Even if these do not make France a formidable army, its position in the EU and UN, a total 290 nuclear weapons, and significant deployments strengthen the country.

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5. The United Kingdom

British Army_United Kingdom
The United Kingdom, another member of the EU, also has a plan of reducing the size of the armed forces by 20% between 2010 and 2018, and apply smaller cuts to the Royal Navy and RAF. The defence budget of the UK currently stands at $54 billion. It has a regular force of only about 205,000, along with a small air force of 908 aircraft, and an even smaller navy of 66 ships. However, the army of the UK is still a powerful one, with its superior training, equipment and its 160 nuclear weapons being the main strengths. The Royal Navy is planning to put to service HMS Queen Elizabeth, in 2020. It is an aircraft carrier, planned to carry 40 F-35B joint strike fighters around the world.

4. India

Indian Army_BMP
India has put its massive population to use, and built an army of a sizeable 3.5 million, including 1.325 million active military. The huge size of the Indian military is one of the reasons why it has always remained among the countries with best armies in the world. The man force of the army is complemented by almost 16,000 land vehicles which include 3,500 tanks, as well as 1,785 aircraft, alongside nuclear weapons. Its ballistic missiles can hit all of Pakistan or most of China. Its current defence budget stands at $46 billion, but it is expected to rise, in a drive to modernize the military power and become the 4th highest spender by 2020. It is the world’s largest military goods importer.

3. China

chinese army in field
China’s defence budget officially stands at $126 billion, and, in a relentless drive to invest massively in defence, there is likely to be an increase of budget by 12.2%. It has a formidable size of army, with 2.285 million active frontline personnel and a further 2.3 million reservists, making it the world’s largest land force, along with nearly 25,000 land vehicles. It has another 2,800 aircraft on its air force. China is in possession of about 300 nuclear weapons, alongside 180 different methods of their deployment. China recently acquired sensitive information about the new F-35, and is noted for successfully stealing sensitive military technology. China is rightly among the top 3 armed forces.

2. Russia

Russian Army Women Army
Russia’s defence budget stands at $76.6 billion, and is expected to grow 44% more in the next three years. In fact, the military spending of Kremlin has increased by about a third since 2008, especially since Vladimir Putin took hold of Russia in 2000. The Russian army has shown substantial growth since the collapse of the Soviet Union two decades ago. It has 766,000 active frontline personnel and almost 2.5 million on the reserve force, though the soldiers receive mediocre training. The man force is backed by 15,500 tanks, making Russia the largest tank force in the world, though it is aging, like the other equipment. The country is the world’s leader, with almost 8,500 active nuclear warheads.

1. The United States

Th e U.S. Army Marksmanship training
The United States spends a whopping $612.5 billion on the military, more than the other nine countries’ budgets combined. It maintains a remarkably large army composed of over 1.4 million soldiers, and a further 800,000 reservists. To complement the active ground force comprising well-trained men and women in uniforms, its biggest advantage is that it is the world leader in aircraft production, with a fleet of 19 aircraft carriers, while the carriers operated by the world together sum up to 12. The US implements cutting-edge technology like the Navy’s new rail gun, and the country also has 7,500 nuclear warheads at its disposal. No wonder it is no.1 military force since WW-II.

Thus, the defence budget, man power, air force, navy, etc. together help to determine the most powerful military forces in the world. The countries with strongest armies are the nations that are considered the biggest threats to global security, and these are the nations that also become the heavyweights in global affairs. While the US has projected a formidable military force for a long time, Russia has risen well, and China, too a force to reckon with. These countries clinch the top 3 positions, and the strategies of other countries may gradually make them recognizable forces in the world in a not-so-distant future.

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  • EmpireAlpha

    The military is the reason USA is in trillions of dollars in debt…

  • JuBuster

    accroding to this list, India can defeat, UK, Germany, France, Turkey and South Korea? Really, it is possible In Bollywood.

    • Gautam Kumar

      For sure its very easy! Might is real power now.

      • JuBuster

        Then why India is buying arms from France, Germany and the UK?

        • Sreenath Parappurath

          @jubuster India used to buy it , I agree .. But now scenario changing.. India is developing almost all its technology & buying ratio has been cut down drastically..

          • Waqas

            Hahahahahh devolping hahahah always nuke goes down to his own ass ….you indian are pussy’s and you will be always ??????

          • Krishna Rs

            And who are u MF

        • Aftab Ahmad Ahmad

          Agree with you @JuBuster they only can win in Bollywood LOL 😀

          • Krishna Rs

            And u can’t win even there

        • Krishna Rs

          Because India is new to building weapons indigenously and a lot of brilliant Indians are in foreign countries helping them build weapons .

        • tooba

          Just stop fighting ! Everybody knows Pakistan army is the best and general raheel Sharif is the best as well !! Stop fooling yourself indians !!

          • Freedom Fighter

            yeh i agreed you.Gen. Raheel Sharif is ranked the no.1 journel in the world.

        • Eisha

          Indians are the worst people ever. Laanat hai tum logo per
          you are idol worshipers . You worship those idols who cant see listen or talk then how will they fulfill your wishes???
          You should better know that Allah is the creator of the universe and he is the god if every living and non living thing! Indians stop fooling yourselves !!! You are jealoused of pakistan and thats very clear!!!!! Tum log cheap ho !!!

    • Tat Hasan

      lol …. .I second you

    • Puneet Kumar

      then please tell me which country u mentioned above cannot be defeated by India ……………. u useless piece of shit….don’t comment unless u know shit about defence capabilities !!!

    • भारतवंशी

      Just look at the size of the army, nt to talk about nukes tanks, aircrafts, etc….i mean, do you seriously think that UK, france, turkey or South Korea cn defeat India….lol

      • Sana

        its does not depend upon the size of army,it depend upon the patriotism and beliefs of those soldiers

        • Akanksha Sharma

          You say the number of people in army doesn’t matter but tell me one thing, the number of soldiers in Indian army is high BECAUSE the people have the feeling of patriotism. Nobody puts them on gunpoint to join the military. And I am not talking about only the soldiers, I’m talking about every single Indian because let’s face it, only the Indians are all over the post saving the pride of their country and not hearing a word against it. Counts a lot. Patriotism runs in the blood of an Indian.

          • भारतवंशी

            @akansha n @sana Arreee tumlog galat samajh rhi ho, mai India k taraf se bol rha hoon, dhyaan se padho….

          • Akanksha Sharma

            Yeah saw that now. My bad. 😀 All hail India.

        • भारतवंशी

          Arreee read it properly, im on india’s side…

    • Sreenath Parappurath

      @JUBuster.. why not.. !!! Just try it for a timepass.. Dude we have came a long way from 1947.. wake up & try to digest the facts .. !!!!

      • Akanksha Sharma

        Even in 1948 Pakistan faced defeat. They can’t accept it because that was when they lost Kashmir..which was never theirs to lose actually. Which led to the treaty of accession by Raja Hari Singh of Kashmir and Kashmir became a part of India. Jealous dogs bark any sort of crap when they can’t win because they have got nothing better to do. 😀

        • Sohail Rajput

          Ooo yeah i can see that a bitch is barking …..can’t you see shaheen 3 with a range of 3000 km and indian misile arjun with a range of 300 km can not even compared with shaheen…lol

          • Maharathi Karna

            Typical brainwashed guy from madrassa spotted. First of all, Arjun is not a missile, it’s a tank. The missile comparable to your shitty Shaheen would be Agni 3 which has the range of 7000 Km. Got it lunatic?

          • Shashwat Prasad

            Hey dumbass bony you heard of Agni 5. It has an effective range of 5000km.
            You can shove your shaheen 3 in your ass!

    • Akanksha Sharma

      Oh believe me mister whoever you are, the patriotism in Indian soldiers cannot be compared and hence it made to the list. You say the number of people in army doesn’t matter but tell me one thing, the number of soldiers in Indian army is high BECAUSE the people have the feeling of patriotism. Nobody puts them on gunpoint to join the military. And I am not talking about only the soldiers, I’m talking about every single Indian because let’s face it, only the Indians are all over the post saving the pride of their country and not hearing a word against it. Counts a lot.

      As to the other comment, India has never attacked Pakistan because we want peace. Otherwise you have seen the aftermath of all the 4 wars that have broken out till date so let’s not question whose military is strongest otherwise I’m sure the whole of Kashmir would have been with Pakistan today if they deserved it, which they don’t. And India is not stupid enough to spread sadness by initiating an attack. As you can see even on the post, Indians only defended. They never meant to offend any other country’s pride. So that’s us, best at defence and supporter of peace.

      • Waqas

        Hahahahahahah supporter of peace you piece of shit liar dramay baaz,you your monkey caught in balochistan did you hear about him cow piss drinker talking about peacehahaha what a joke you fucking dogs try to jump on PAKISTAN dick in 1965 and then PAKISTAN KICK your dirty bad ass very Badly ask to your pussy army and journel knowlge thek karo beta OUR Brave and Alhumdulillahh undefeatable Army don’t need to fight because for cowered indian pussy army WE PATHAN ARE ENOUGH TO FIGHT HAHAHAHA

        • Krishna Rs

          My dear friend no body asked u to shit on the net

        • Krishna Rs

          India is 10 times better than u will ever be.ass hole

        • Akanksha Sharma

          The world knows the GK and knows who attacked whom everytime and who won every single time. You, I believe, live in your own little world.

        • Mamushi Hakai

          Comparing Pakistan to India is like comparing a Leichttraktor to a Tiger II.

      • Muhammad Raza

        Well, As per UN resolutions, just hold the plebiscite in Kashmir and you’ll come to know who deserves it. Why is the “best at defense and supporter of peace” i.e. Indian Army crossing the limits of tyranny, oppression and injustice in Kashmir and other areas contaminated with the supporters of BJP and RSS which are promoting terrorism among Hindu people? Ah, patriotism in Indian soldiers must not be compared, since, this would result in desecration of the one with which it is compared. You’re right that India isn’t stupid enough to openly initiate an attack but is intelligent enough to create biased opinions among innocent Hindus against Islam and Pakistan and to prove its supremacy by its bullying behavior towards Asian countries specially Pakistan. Every rational human being should condemn the Indian Intelligence Agency “RAW” of supporting, funding and instigating terrorism in Pakistan. “Kulbhushan Yadav” is the best example. Good to hear that Indians are very proud of being patriotic but their patriotism must not propel them to conduct terrorism and raw activities in any way and by any means. Who’s conducting Operation Zarb-e-Azb? I’m sorry but it’s the Pakistan army whom Indians believe is engaged in Terrorism. The Pakistan Armed Forces are struggling day and night to maintain peace in the region and to get rid of Militant Groups which are miles away from the Religion of Peace i.e. Islam. According to “The Australian” newspaper, who was victorious in the 1965 war? I’m sorry, but it clearly mentions “Pakistani Victory”. A wise person looks at both sides of the coin before reaching to a conclusion and makes decisions based on rationality keeping aside the biases based on region and religion.

    • shivang

      hey..!! objection … all above r India,s top allies….and Russia and us also our allies..and we r NOT INTERESTED in any battles and war.. WE R PEACE SEEKER LIKE ALL ABOVE Countries… All above countries r INDIA<S Friends…..and We respect all above countries
      ..and we will use our Strong army MOSTLY FOR DEFENSE AND FOR TERRORIST…And OF COURSE To HELP OUR ALL allies and TO BE MENTIONED.. WE TREAT PAKISTAN AS OUR ALLIES n And CHINA as neighbor mate,
      #AnIndian

    • Krishna Rs

      It can’t defeat all of em at once but they are strong

  • Bilal

    Bullshit list !! Where is pakistan ?? ..

    • Gautam Kumar

      Joke!HaHaHa!

      • JuBuster

        Pakistan attacked india so many times, why india does not respond.

        • Gautam Kumar

          To see what happened to Porkistan each time it dared to attack please refer Wikipedia! Also India captured around 100,000 Porkistani dogs in1971 and freed them who should have been executed for war crimes in Bangladesh.

          • Syed Arbab Ahmed

            1965 Endia attacked Sialkot failed to capture + Endia attack Lahore failed to capture = Endia attack Kasur failed to capture + 2nd biggest tank battle ever at Chawanda India failed to progress = Endia LOST 1965 lol
            what else prove u want????

          • Gautam Kumar

            All Indians need to do is to go on border and piss and Porkistan will be flooded with piss cause that is what it deserves.

          • shivang

            bro..ur cheating… its a movie,s dialog..xD well…Yes.. if whole india while piss,,,there will be a flood in pak..and will get flushed away

          • Gautam Kumar

            Yeah India didn’t try enough… India should have killed more Porkistani pigs. Just waiting for another opportunity now. Hope is doesn’t come otherwise ooooohooohooh..you know what’s gonna happen.

          • Krishna Rs

            Bro no bro India is a peace loving country that is one of the reasons India is respected in ways many countries never will achieve

          • Imran Abbas

            Mr if we are pig then you must worship us… Put your head on our feet… Cause pig is Holly animal in your religion… Your politics and army did same thing always after losing…

          • Krishna Rs

            1. Please don’t type shit if u don’t know the spelling of countries.
            2. Stop blabbering because India and Pakistan are not 2 countries they are 1 which was broken by British and Muslims who didn’t know to co exist

          • SAYED ABID HUSSAIN

            HE IS RIGHT MY SON, WE SPELL YOUR F***N COUNTRY AS ENDIAN….

          • Mamushi Hakai

            Pakistan had the same effects when it tried to invade Indian states. Pakistan couldn’t even take Delhi, and got their asses whooped by Delhi Police Force. Talk with facts, not with slang which only illiterates use. That only shows from which background you come.

          • Syed Arbab Ahmed

            1971 war = Pakistan vs Pakistan war, as Bangladesh was also Pakistan, and Endia jumped into war against West Pakistan.So it was not Endia who won, it was Pakistan who lost.

          • भारतवंशी

            Ohh baba! “It was nt India who won, it was pakistan who lost” …..beta shayar ban jaa…

          • Krishna Rs

            Well who asking for India to help
            India jumped in to stop in injustices done by current pak in Bangladesh

          • Mamushi Hakai

            “It was not India who won, it was Pakistan who lost.” This phrase is absolutely void when talking about military conflicts and military history. Just because Nazi Germany attacked Poland in 1939, and surrendered in 1945, didn’t mean Allied Powers didn’t win and only Axis Powers lost. Read a dictionary and learn the meaning of a,”belligerent”.

          • shivang

            lol..right bruh,. let the dog bark…..

          • Anas Khan

            Hey its PAKISTAN NEVER TALK AGAIN LIKE THIS THIS FOR PAKISTAN

        • Antony John

          If India respond to their attack then we cant see pakistan anymore. So india let them live.

          • JuBuster

            That makes sense. in that case, Pakistan should use it’s nuclear.

        • sohail

          Bullshit list..pakistan is not in list.everybody knows pak army is best among the world along any reason…ssg commandos are no.1 ..shaheen 3 with range of 3000 km can destroy india from from map of world in seconds…

    • Krishna Rs

      No where in the list

  • Didik Sub

    The list should be based on combat proven, especially for countries that involved in wars, not based on amount of their soldiers…

    • phuckm2@atimeee

      It’s not based on their soldiers didn’t you read

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    • Joshua Doe

      I Agree, But why are we arguing??? Clearly The U.S Is the best country. As we are the only ones to be declared a “SuperPower” So Far.

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  • JuBuster

    I am making another List, and I will put Chad on the top of the list. that will be another funny list like this one.

  • michael nyenatoh sr.

    bravo, bravo, bravo……..Russia u’re the world’s greatest technically

    • shivang

      yes..i agreed, our allies russia rocks….. we r gud partners….

  • Sarcasm4U2

    Russia may have the best tactical and performance army with Putin upgrading everything even though their numbers are smaller than the U.S. You have to exclude nuclear weapons because if they are used,it’s game over.

  • Carlos Pérez Pérez

    Lol, you put Japan over Italy, Canada, Spain, Norway, Poland, Greece, Albania or Belgium LOL… This list is bullshit

  • anonymous

    Generally what happen when our PC gets overwhelmed by virus we have to format it, RIGHT ? now that the same what God is going to do when he sees this much amount of virus in world …. FORMAT IT …. its only matter of time.

  • AceDeus

    The descriptive comparison between number 2 and 1 though. lol. xD
    Its kinda funny though that they chose a pic for Russia with female soldiers and one of them is kinda like shes wearing high-heeled shoes. lol. Propaganda. Could be true, could be not.

  • sambozauk

    The UK has a budger of $54bn, yet it has no idea how to procure military equipment and our military other than special forces is in a right state.

    How can the UK has $15bn odd more budget than India and France, yet we have nothing to show for it.

    It is about time we kind of questioned the UK Government about how they spend $54bn per annum on defense, but we have fuck all to show for it?. Wastage, terrible management of how the money is spent is why we have military forces that are nowhere as far as I am concerned.

    • Rohit

      Thats cause of Britain’s higher cost of living (and technology, operational costs and everything else) which brings down the Purchasing Power Parity(PPP)
      When , for instance, India spends 1 $, it gets a much better worth for it, compared to when Uk spends the same amount.

      • sambozauk

        What a complete load of bollocks you have just written. Go away, do not reply to my comments again. Bye.

        I know what goes on in the MOD through my contacts. What is it with you English?. You are deluded about your rugby side, you continue to lick the behind of America, you have no business acumen and you do not even know about your own spends in your country, lol.

        Go away.

        • Urban

          Iv been in the forces, my brother is in the forces and my step-farther was as well. to be very fair, we have a small budget (comparatively to other countries). But!!! we also have a longer training time than alot of other countrys with 10 weeks of basic, then 22 weeks of specal forces training (training for a specific job in a squad). Then we have extreamly good equipment for infantry. After WWII the UK had alot of debt that we had to pay after the americans buggered off with war profits from germany and japan, meaning that they could expand easly. Historicly we are the strongest having have distroyed most other nations (we lost to the U.S but this was due to the war we were fighting france at the same time) and we have the respect of many other countries, such as the U.S. during the libia crysis it was out SAS that helped the locals kick out gaddafi. So to be respectful, i disagree with you opinion as i think its very single mined. i would put the U.K in number 3 as the U.K is one of few countrys that comunist russia NEVER picked a fight with. so as countrys go, the U.K is able to match up with super powers (U.S, Russia and China) with them deciding to back down. This whole artical ignores our nukular sub’s but oh well.

  • Rajat

    East or West India is the best

  • Mc Duglus

    White Lie….self made List.. Funniest thing that INDIA ????????? also in List ????????? should be in MOST COWARD ARMIES LIST

  • NARENDRA MODI

    asshole change the flag for indian its not indian flag ! u idiot rascal son of a bitch

  • SAYED ABID HUSSAIN

    f*** ALL THE LIST,, EVERYONE KNOWS THAT THE MOST STRONGEST ARMY IN THE WORLD IS ONLY PAKISTANI ARMY……. F*** U JEALOUS PEOPLE

  • Shaheryar Pitafi

    This website has lake of information, Pakistan is strongest enough to get top 4th…

  • Joshua Doe

    The u.s is the only country to this day, Being called a “Superpower” So lets not argue

  • Anoymous

    @sambozauk:disqus I think the UKs allies give the military equipment.

  • Serh

    Israel’s army is stronger than any European army (excl. Russian) and not even mentioned here…