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).
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
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
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
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
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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