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10 Most Powerful Militaries in the World (Military Strength Ranking)

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 is the list of top 10 strongest militaries in the world (Military Strength Ranking).

10. Egypt

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Military Strength of Egypt:

Egypt joins China and Russia in attempting to become one of the strongest militaries in the World. Current military capabilities and available firepower for the second most powerful Muslim nation of Egypt.

Power Index: 0.2676
Defense Budget: $4,400,000,000
Active Military Personnel: 454,250
Labor Force: 31,960,000
Total Aircraft: 1,132
Total Naval Strength: 319

9. Germany

10 Most Powerful Militaries
Military Strength of Germany:

Germany has become a leader in European politics while also commanding its strongest economy. Current military capabilities and available firepower for the nation of Germany.

Power Index: 0.2609
Defense Budget: $39,200,000,000
Active Military Personnel: 180,000
Labor Force: 45,300,000
Total Aircraft: 698
Total Naval Strength: 81

8. Turkey

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Military Strength of Turkey:

Turkey joins China and India in attempting to become a large scale military supplier through several high profile ongoing development programs. Turkey, the most powerful Muslim country in the world has the 8th most powerful military. Current military capabilities and available firepower for the nation of Turkey.

Power Index: 0.2491
Defense Budget: $8,208,000,000
Active Military Personnel: 382,850
Labor Force: 30,240,000
Total Aircraft: 1,018
Total Naval Strength: 194

7. Japan

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Japan Military Strength:

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: 0.2137
Defense Budget: $43,800,000,000
Active Military Personnel: 248,575
Labor Force: 65,930,000
Total Aircraft: 1,594
Total Naval Strength: 131

6. The United Kingdom

10 Most Powerful Militaries
United Kingdom Military Strength:

Despite its size, the United Kingdom maintains one of the strongest economies and fighting forces anywhere in the world. Current military capabilities and available firepower for the nation of United Kingdom.

Power Index: 0.2131
Defense Budget: $45,700,000,000
Active Military Personnel: 151,175
Labor Force: 33,170,000
Total Aircraft: 856
Total Naval Strength: 76

5. France

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France Military Strength:

5th Strongest army 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: 0.1914
Defense Budget: $35,000,000,000
Active Military Personnel: 204,000
Labor Force: 30,480,000
Total Aircraft:1,305
Total Naval Strength: 118

4. India

10 Most Powerful Militaries
Military Strength of India:

India is looking to advance beyond its title of top military importer to that of top military exporter. Current military capabilities and available firepower for the nation of India.

Power Index: 0.1593
Defense Budget: $51,000,000,000
Active Military Personnel: 1,362,500
Labor Force: 513,700,000
Total Aircraft: 2,102
Total Naval Strength: 295

3. China

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China Military Strength:

The Chinese military-industrial complex continues to promote its technological gains while increasing its military strength through show-of-force initiatives. The 3rd strongest army in the world. Checkout the current military capabilities and available firepower for the nation of China.

Power Index: 0.0945
Defense Budget: $161,700,000,000
Active Military Personnel: 2,260,000
Labor Force: 805,900,000
Total Aircraft: 2,955
Total Naval Strength: 714

2. Russia

10 Most Powerful Militaries
Russia Military Strength:

A massive modernization and procurement program, as well as military action against neighboring Ukraine, has reinstalled Russian prominence in the region. The best trained army in the world. Checkout the current military capabilities and available firepower for the nation of Russia.

Power Index: 0.0929
Defense Budget: $44,600,000,000
Active Military Personnel: 798,527
Labor Force: 77,410,000
Total Aircraft: 3,794
Total Naval Strength: 352

1. United States

10 Most Powerful Militaries
United States Military Strength:

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 most powerful military in the world.

Power Index: 0.0857.
Defense Budget: $587,800,000,000.
Active Military Personnel: 1,373,650.
Labor Force: 158,600,000.
Total Aircraft: 13,762.
Total Naval Strength: 415.

Ranking of 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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Here is a chart to compare the top 10 most powerful militaries in the world, according to the Global Firepower Index.

 

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