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The 10 Most Powerful Militaries in the World

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.

Below you can see the list of top 10 most powerful militaries in the world. (Military Strength Ranking 2018).

10. Germany

German armed forces Bundeswehr
Germany has become a leader in European politics while also commanding its strongest economy. The country has long been the most powerful nation in the world. Listed below is the current military capabilities and available firepower for the nation of Germany.

Power Index rating: 0.2461

Defense budget: $45.2 billion

Total population: 80,594,017

Total military personnel: 208,641

Active Military Personnel: 180,000

Total aircraft strength: 714

Fighter aircraft: 92

Total Helicopter Strength: 384

Attack Helicopters: 58

Combat tanks: 432

Total naval strength: 81

9. Turkey

Turkish army tanks and military personal
Turkey joins China and India in attempting to become a large scale military supplier through several high profile ongoing development programs. The most powerful Muslim country in the world, Turkey has the 9th most powerful military. Current military capabilities and available firepower for the nation of Turkey.

Power Index: 0.2216

Defense budget: $10.2 billion

Total population: 80,845,215

Total military personnel: 710,565

Active Military Personnel: 350,000

Total aircraft strength: 1,056

Fighter aircraft: 207

Total Helicopter Strength: 475

Attack Helicopters: 54

Combat tanks: 2,446

Total naval strength: 194

8. Japan

Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers
Japan is one of the most influential countries in the world. The country has the third-largest global economy, right behind the United States and China. In regard to military power, Japan has one of the largest military budgets and also has modern military weapon systems. A revised constitution and expanding military could see a more powerful Japan in the Asia-Pacific region by the end of the decade. Current military capabilities and available firepower for the nation of Japan.

Power Index rating: 0.2107

Defense budget: $44 billion

Total population: 126,451,398

Total military personnel: 310,457

Active Military Personnel: 247,157

Total aircraft strength: 1,508

Fighter aircraft: 290

Total Helicopter Strength: 622

Attack Helicopters: 84

Combat tanks: 700

Total naval strength: 131 (four aircraft carriers)

7. 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: 0.2001

Defense budget: $40 billion

Total population: 51,181,299

Total military personnel: 5,829,750

Active Military Personnel: 625,000

Total aircraft strength: 1,560

Fighter aircraft: 406

Total Helicopter Strength: 748

Attack Helicopters: 112

Combat tanks: 2,654

Total naval strength: 166 (one aircraft carrier)

6. The United Kingdom

British troops in Germany
Despite its size, the United Kingdom maintains one of the strongest economies and fighting forces anywhere in the world. The UK has the most capable foreign intelligence agencies as well as best elite special forces in the world. It also has one of the best navies in the world. Current military capabilities and available firepower for the nation of United Kingdom.

Power Index: 0.1917

Defense budget: $50 billion

Total population: 64,769,452

Total military personnel: 279,230

Active Military Personnel: 197,730

Total aircraft strength: 832

Fighter aircraft: 103

Total Helicopter Strength: 333

Attack Helicopters: 49

Combat tanks: 227

Total naval strength: 76 (two aircraft carriers)

5. France

the Bastille Day parade in Paris
France, not only the biggest player in the fashion industry but also strongest in case of army. It also has one of the largest economies in the world. France has been able to put its vast military resources to good use through actions in Syria, Libya, Mali, and against ISIS. See the current military capabilities and available firepower for the nation of France.

Power Index: 0.1869

Defense budget: $40 billion

Total population: 67,106,161

Total military personnel: 388,635

Active Military Personnel: 205,000

Total aircraft strength: 1,262

Fighter aircraft: 299

Total Helicopter Strength: 570

Attack Helicopters: 54

Combat tanks: 406

Total naval strength: 118 (four aircraft carriers)

4. India

Republic Day Parade of India at New Delhi
India is looking to advance beyond its title of top military importer to that of top military exporter. 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: 0.1417

Defense budget: $51 billion

Total population: 1,281,935,211

Total military personnel: 4,207,250

Active Military Personnel: 1,362,500

Total aircraft strength: 2,185

Fighter aircraft: 590

Total Helicopter Strength: 720

Attack Helicopters: 15

Combat tanks: 4,426

Total naval strength: 295 (three aircraft carriers)

3. China

Chinese military
The Chinese military-industrial complex continues to promote its technological gains while increasing its military strength through show-of-force initiatives. As for now, China has a very strong political influence in the world. It is the world’s most populous nation, but has the 3rd strongest army in the world. Checkout the current military capabilities and available firepower for the nation of China.

Power Index: 0.0852

Defense budget: $151.7 billion

Total population: 1,373,541,278

Total military personnel: 3,712,500

Active Military Personnel: 2,260,000

Total aircraft strength: 3,035

Fighter aircraft: 1,271

Total Helicopter Strength: 985

Attack Helicopters: 281

Combat tanks: 7,716

Total naval strength: 714 (one aircraft carrier)

2. Russia

Russia's Military Modernization
Led by President Vladimir Putin, Russia has one of the most powerful militaries in the world. A massive modernization and procurement program, as well as military action against neighboring Ukraine, has reinstalled Russian prominence in the region. The largest country in the world by area, Russia has the best trained army in the world. Checkout the current military capabilities and available firepower for the nation of Russia.

Power Index: 0.0841

Defense budget: $47 billion

Total population: 142,355,415

Total military personnel: 3,586,128

Active Military Personnel: 1,013,628

Total aircraft strength: 3,914

Fighter aircraft: 818

Total Helicopter Strength: 1,451

Attack Helicopters: 511

Combat tanks: 20,300

Total naval strength: 352 (one aircraft carrier)

1. United States

Most Powerful Militaries in the World
The United States is the world’s most powerful country. Also it has the most powerful military in the world. The US military possesses the most modernized and sophisticated military weapon systems. Despite its draw-downs across Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States military continues to see action in the Middle East against ISIS forces. Check out the current military capabilities and available firepower for the nation of United States. The strongest army in the world.

Power Index: 0.0818

Defense budget: $647 billion

Total population: 326,625,791

Total military personnel: 2,083,100

Active Military Personnel: 1,281,900

Total aircraft: 13,762

Fighter aircraft: 2,296

Total Helicopter Strength: 5,758

Attack Helicopters: 973

Combat tanks: 5,884

Total Naval Strength: 415 (19 aircraft carriers)

Ranking of the 10 most powerful militaries in the world.

The Global Firepower ranked the world’s most powerful countries in term of army strength. They examined the defense forces of 106 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 13th 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.

Nuclear capabilities are not included in this calculation. “As the inclusion of such weapons would defeat the purpose of such comparisons”. The placings are based strictly on each nation’s potential conventional war-making capabilities across land, sea and air.

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