Which country has the strongest army in the world? US is No 1; find out where India, China and Pakistan rank. The folks at Global Firepower ranks the most powerful militaries in the world. Ranking based on multiple factors, including each country’s military budget, number of aircraft carriers, available manpower and labor force.

These are the top 10 most powerful militaries in the world 2021:

10. Pakistan

Pakistan army

Ranked the 10th most powerful army in the world by Global Firepower. Listed below is the current military capabilities and available firepower for the nation of Pakistan.

  • Power Index rating: 0.2073
  • Total population: 223,500,636
  • Total military personnel: 1,704,000
  • Aircraft: 1,364
  • Fighter Aircraft: 357
  • Dedicated Attack: 90
  • Attack Helicopters: 53
  • Combat tanks: 2,680
  • Total naval assets: 100; 0 aircraft carriers
  • Defense budget: $12,275,000,000

9. Brazil

Brazil Army

Current military capabilities and also available firepower for the nation of Brazil.

  • Power Index rating: 0.2026
  • Total population: 211,715,973
  • Total military personnel: 2,074,500
  • Aircraft: 676
  • Fighter Aircraft: 43
  • Dedicated Attack: 77
  • Attack Helicopters: 12
  • Combat tanks: 439
  • Total naval assets: 112; 1 aircraft carriers
  • Defense budget: $29,300,000,000

8. The United Kingdom

British troops in Germany

The UK’s army ranked 8th among the strongest militaries. Current military capabilities and available firepower for the nation of United Kingdom.

  • Power Index rating: 0.1997
  • Total population: 65,761,117
  • Total military personnel: 275,000
  • Aircraft: 738
  • Fighter Aircraft: 119
  • Dedicated Attack: 15
  • Attack Helicopters: 38
  • Combat tanks: 109
  • Total naval assets: 88; 2 aircraft carriers
  • Defense budget: $56,042,000,000

7. France

the Bastille Day parade in Paris

Ranked 7th most powerful army in the world. See the current military capabilities and available firepower for the nation of France.

  • Power Index rating: 0.1681
  • Total population: 67,848,156
  • Total military personnel: 450,000
  • Aircraft: 1,057
  • Fighter Aircraft: 269
  • Dedicated Attack: 0
  • Attack Helicopters: 69
  • Combat tanks: 406
  • Total naval assets: 180; 4 aircraft carriers
  • Defense budget: $47,700,000,000

6. South Korea

South Korean army K1A1 battle tank fires

The world’s biggest as well as 6th most powerful army. Listed below is the current military capabilities and available firepower for the nation of South Korea.

  • Power Index rating: 0.1612
  • Total population: 51,835,110
  • Total military personnel: 6,710,000
  • Aircraft: 1,581
  • Fighter Aircraft: 402
  • Dedicated Attack: 74
  • Attack Helicopters: 112
  • Combat tanks: 2,600
  • Total naval assets: 234; 1 aircraft carriers
  • Defense budget: $48,000,000,000

5. Japan

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Ranked 5th place among most powerful armies. Japan also has the fourth largest attack helicopter fleet behind China, Russia, and the US. Checkout the current military capabilities and also available firepower for the nation of Japan.

  • Power Index rating: 0.1599
  • Total population: 125,507,472
  • Total military personnel: 319,000
  • Aircraft: 1,480
  • Fighter Aircraft: 256
  • Dedicated Attack: 17
  • Attack Helicopters: 119
  • Combat tanks: 1,004
  • Total naval assets: 155; 4 aircraft carriers
  • Defense budget: $51,700,000,000

4. India

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The second most populous nation in the world, India comes at No. 4 in case of military power. Also, India is one of the biggest armies in the world. Listed below are the current military capabilities and available firepower for the nation of India.

  • Power Index rating: 0.1207
  • Total population: 1,326,093,247
  • Total military personnel: 5,127,000
  • Aircraft: 2,119
  • Fighter Aircraft: 542
  • Dedicated Attack: 130
  • Attack Helicopters: 37
  • Combat tanks: 4,730
  • Total naval assets: 285; 1 aircraft carriers
  • Defense budget: $73,650,000,000

3. China

powerful militaries in the world

Third most powerful military in the world. Chinese army has grown rapidly in terms of both size and capability. It has also made rapid strides in its military modernization program. Developing a range of potentially game-changing military technologies including ballistic missiles and fifth-generation aircraft. Checkout the current military capabilities and available firepower for the nation of China.

  • Power Index rating: 0.0854
  • Total population: 1,394,015,977
  • Total military personnel: 3,355,000
  • Aircraft: 3,260
  • Fighter Aircraft: 1,200
  • Dedicated Attack: 371
  • Attack Helicopters: 327
  • Combat tanks: 3,205
  • Total naval assets: 777; 2 aircraft carriers
  • Defense budget: $178,200,000,000

2. Russia

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Second most powerful military in the world. Checkout the current military capabilities and available firepower for the nation of Russia.

  • Power Index rating: 0.0791
  • Total population: 141,722,205
  • Total military personnel: 3,569,000
  • Aircraft: 4,144
  • Fighter Aircraft: 789
  • Dedicated Attack: 742
  • Attack Helicopters: 538
  • Combat tanks: 13,000
  • Total naval assets: 603; 1 aircraft carriers
  • Defense budget: $42,129,000,000

1. United States

Most Powerful Militaries in the World

The most powerful as well as strongest army in the world. The US also has by far the most aircraft of any country. The country has cutting-edge technology like the Navy’s new rail gun, also a large and well-trained human. Check out the current military capabilities and available firepower for the nation of United States.

  • Power Index rating: 0.0718
  • Total population: 332,639,102
  • Total military personnel: 2,245,500
  • Aircraft: 13,233
  • Fighter Aircraft: 1,956
  • Dedicated Attack: 761
  • Attack Helicopters: 904
  • Combat tanks: 6,100
  • Total naval assets: 490; 21 aircraft carriers
  • Defense budget: $740,500,000,000

The Global Firepower ranked the world’s most powerful countries in term of army strength. They examined the defense forces of 140 countries in order to compile the rankings, taking into account manpower, land systems, air power, naval power, resources, logistics, finances and geography covered. (See military assets data for each country).

They measure 50 different stats about a country – including each country’s military budget, number of aircraft carriers, available manpower and labor force, to produce a Power Index, in which lower numbers equal more firepower. The index doesn’t take into account Nuclear capabilities; They are not included in the calculation. Also, it doesn’t penalize landlocked nations for lack of a standing navy.

World’s one of the biggest military, Israel army is not in the top 10. It stands on 20th place amongst the most powerful armies. Anyway, check out the world’s top 10 most powerful militaries, with some accompanying stats. You may also like to see the list of top 10 countries with strongest armies.

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