The United States is the world’s undisputed leader in terms of military strength. That is according to a ranking of 10 strongest militaries in the world by GFP (Global Firepower). Russia ranks second, narrowly ahead of China. India and Japan round out the top five. They examined the defence forces of 126 countries in order to make the rankings, taking into account manpower, land systems, air power, naval power, resources, logistics, finances and geography covered. They measure 50 different stats about a country, including number of aircraft carriers, available manpower, and labor force to produce a Power Index, in which lower numbers equal more firepower.
Nuclear capabilities is not taken into account. 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. Current political/militory leadership is not taken into account. Here, below is a list of world’s top 10 strongest militaries as of 2015.
10 Strongest Militaries in the World Right Now
Turkey joins China and India in attempting to become a large scale military supplier through several high profile ongoing development programs.
Power Index: 0.4339
Defense Budget: $18,185,000,000
Active Military Personnel: 410,500
Total Aircraft: 1,020
Attack Helicopters: 59
Total Naval Strength: 115
Labor Force: 27,910,000
A revised constitution and expanding military could see a more powerful Japan in the Asia-Pacific region by the end of the decade.
Power Index: 0.3841
Defense Budget: $41,600,000,000
Active Military Personnel: 247,173
Total Aircraft: 1,613
Attack Helicopters: 122
Total Naval Strength: 131
Labor Force: 65,620,000
Germany has become a leader in European politics while also commanding its strongest economy.
Power Index: 0.3507
Defense Budget: $40,200,000,000
Active Military Personnel: 179,046
Total Aircraft: 663
Attack Helicopters: 34
Total Naval Strength: 81
Labor Force: 44,200,000
7. South Korea
Sharing a border with its unpredictable northern neighbor has forced South Korea to manage a large, modern fighting force as a precaution.
Power Index: 0.3098
Defense Budget: $33,100,000,000
Active Military Personnel: 624,465
Total Aircraft: 1,412
Attack Helicopters: 77
Total Naval Strength: 166
Labor Force: 25,860,000
France has been able to put its vast military resources to good use through actions in Afghanistan, Libya, Mali, and against ISIS.
Power Index: 0.3069
Defense Budget: $40,000,000,000
Active Military Personnel: 202,761
Total Aircraft: 1,264
Attack Helicopters: 46
Total Naval Strength: 113
Labor Force: 29,940,000
5. United Kingdom
Despite its size, the United Kingdom maintains one of the strongest economies and fighting forces anywhere in the world.
Power Index: 0.2747
Defense Budget: $51,500,000,000
Active Military Personnel: 146,980
Total Aircraft: 936
Attack Helicopters: 65
Total Naval Strength: 66
Labor Force: 30,150,000
India is looking to advance beyond its title of top military importer to that of top military exporter.
Power Index: 0.2698
Defense Budget: $38,000,000,000
Active Military Personnel: 1,325,000
Total Aircraft: 1,905
Attack Helicopters: 20
Total Naval Strength: 202
Labor Force: 487,300,000
The Chinese military-industrial complex continues to promote its technological gains while increasing its military strength through show-of-force initiatives.
Power Index: 0.2318
Defense Budget: $145,000,000,000
Active Military Personnel: 2,333,000
Total Aircraft: 2,860
Attack Helicopters: 196
Total Naval Strength: 673
Labor Force: 797,600,000
A massive modernization and procurement program, as well as military action against neighboring Ukraine, has reinstalled Russian prominence in the region.
Power Index: 0.1865
Defense Budget: $60,400,000,000
Active Military Personnel: 766,055
Total Aircraft: 3,429
Attack Helicopters: 462
Total Naval Strength: 352
Labor Force: 75,290,000
1. United States
Desite its drawdowns across Iraq and Afganistan, the United States military continues to see action in the Middle East against ISIS forces.
Power Index: 0.1663
Defense Budget: $577,100,000,000
Active Military Personnel: 1,400,000
Total Aircraft: 13,892
Attack Helicopters: 920
Total Naval Strength: 473
Labor Force: 155,400,000