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The 10 Most Powerful Militaries in the World 2020

Which country has the strongest army in the world? 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 in 2020:

10. Germany

Powerful Militaries in the World 2020

Listed below is the current military capabilities and available firepower for the nation of Germany.

  • Power Index rating: 0.2097
  • Total population: 80,457,737
  • Total military personnel: 208,641
  • Aircraft strength: 613
  • Fighter aircraft: 122
  • Combat tanks: 900
  • Total naval assets: 81
  • Defense budget: $49.1 billion

9. Turkey

Turkish army tanks and military personal

Current military capabilities and available firepower for the nation of Turkey.

  • Power Index rating: 0.2089
  • Total population: 81,257,239
  • Total military personnel: 735,000
  • Aircraft strength: 1,067
  • Fighter aircraft: 207
  • Combat tanks: 3,200
  • Total naval assets: 194
  • Defense budget: $8.6 billion

8. The United Kingdom

British troops in Germany

Current military capabilities and available firepower for the nation of United Kingdom.

  • Power Index rating: 0.1797
  • Total population: 65,105,246
  • Total military personnel: 233,000
  • Aircraft strength: 811
  • Fighter aircraft: 129
  • Combat tanks: 331
  • Total naval assets: 76; one aircraft carrier
  • Defense budget: $47.5 billion

7. France

the Bastille Day parade in Paris

See the current military capabilities and available firepower for the nation of France.

  • Power Index rating: 0.1584
  • Total population: 67,364,357
  • Total military personnel: 388,635
  • Aircraft strength: 1,248
  • Fighter aircraft: 273
  • Combat tanks: 406
  • Total naval assets: 118; four aircraft carriers
  • Defense budget: $40.5 billion

6. South Korea

South Korean army K1A1 battle tank fires

Listed below is the current military capabilities and available firepower for the nation of South Korea.

  • Power Index rating: 0.1761
  • Total population: 51,418,097
  • Total military personnel: 5,827,150
  • Aircraft strength: 1,614
  • Fighter aircraft: 406
  • Combat tanks: 2,654
  • Total naval assets: 166; one aircraft carrier
  • Defense budget: $38.3 billion

5. Japan

Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers

Current military capabilities and available firepower for the nation of Japan.

  • Power Index rating: 0.1707
  • Total population: 126,128,156
  • Total military personnel: 303,157
  • Aircraft strength: 1,572
  • Fighter aircraft: 297
  • Combat tanks: 1,004
  • Total naval assets: 131; four aircraft carriers
  • Defense budget: $47 billion

4. India

Republic Day Parade of India at New Delhi

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

  • Power Index rating: 0.1065
  • Total population: 1,296,834,042
  • Total military personnel: 3,462,500
  • Aircraft strength: 2,082
  • Fighter aircraft: 520
  • Combat tanks: 4,184
  • Total naval assets: 295; one aircraft carrier
  • Defense budget: $55.2 billion

3. China

Chinese military

Checkout the current military capabilities and available firepower for the nation of China.

  • Power Index rating: 0.0673
  • Total population: 1,384,688,986
  • Total military personnel: 2,693,000
  • Aircraft strength: 3,187
  • Fighter aircraft: 1,222
  • Combat tanks: 13,050
  • Total naval assets: 714; one aircraft carrier
  • Defense budget: $224 billion

2. Russia

Russia's Military Modernization

Checkout the current military capabilities and available firepower for the nation of Russia.

  • Power Index rating: 0.0639
  • Total population: 142,122,776
  • Total military personnel: 3,586,128
  • Aircraft strength: 4,078
  • Fighter aircraft: 869
  • Combat tanks: 21,932
  • Total naval assets: 352; one aircraft carrier out of service indefinitely
  • Defense budget: $44 billion

1. United States

Most Powerful Militaries in the World

Check out the current military capabilities and available firepower for the nation of United States. The strongest army in the world.

  • Power Index rating: 0.0615
  • Total population: 329,256,465
  • Total military personnel: 2,141,900
  • Aircraft: 13,398
  • Fighter aircraft: 2,362
  • Combat tanks: 6,287
  • Total naval assets: 415; 24 aircraft carriers
  • Defense budget: $716 billion

The Global Firepower ranked the world’s most powerful countries in term of army strength. They examined the defense forces of 137 countries in order to compile the rankings, taking into account manpower, land systems, air power, naval power, resources, logistics, finances and geography covered. (click to 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 6th biggest military, Pakistan army is not in the top 10. It stands on 15th 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.