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The 10 Most Powerful Militaries in the World 2019

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 2019:

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: 0.2097
  • Total population: 80,457,737
  • Total military personnel: 208,641
  • Total 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

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 rating: 0.2089
  • Total population: 81,257,239
  • Total military personnel: 735,000
  • Total 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

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

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

6. 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: 0.1707
  • Total population: 126,128,156
  • Total military personnel: 303,157
  • Total aircraft strength: 1,572
  • Fighter aircraft: 297
  • Combat tanks: 1,004
  • Total naval assets: 131; four aircraft carriers
  • Defense budget: $47 billion

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

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 rating: 0.1065
  • Total population: 1,296,834,042
  • Total military personnel: 3,462,500
  • Total 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

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 rating: 0.0673
  • Total population: 1,384,688,986
  • Total military personnel: 2,693,000
  • Total 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

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 rating: 0.0639
  • Total population: 142,122,776
  • Total military personnel: 3,586,128
  • Total 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

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. 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
  • Total 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.

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