TOP: 20 strongest armies in the world

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Though on a court yard crisis, and yet actively reduced budgets, many countries are increasing their military spending. The ranking, compiled by the Swiss company Credit Suisse, to assess the condition of the armed forces in different countries of the world.

Credit Suisse recognizes some complexity for an adequate comparison of military power in the above list, since the total strength of the army of each state is assessed by 5 parameters: the number of personnel, tanks, the number of aircraft, aircraft carriers and submarines.

Rating determines military power in purely quantitative terms, without regard to qualitative factors such as efficiency, novelty and the status of the armaments, training troops, etc., so the positions of some countries may become a surprise for you.


20. Canada

TOP: 20 strongest armies in the world
20. Canada

Budget: $ 15.7 billion
Personnel: 92,000
Tanks: 181
Aircraft: 420
Submarines: 4
Canada ranked last in the list because of the small number of active military personnel, the lack of aircraft carriers and attack helicopters, as well as a small number of tanks and submarines. But still, Canada is taking part in U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, she is a member of NATO.


19. Indonesia

19. Indonesia
19. Indonesia

Budget: 6.9 billion dollars
Personnel: 476 000
Tanks: 468
Aeronautical engineering: 405
Submarines: 2
The Indonesian armed forces take up position above the canadian due to the higher strength and greater number of tanks. However, the army lacks aircraft carriers, aircraft and submarines.


18. Army Germany

18. Army Germany
18. Army Germany

Budget: 40,2 billion dollars
Personnel: 179 046
Tanks: 408
Aircraft: 663
Submarines: 4
German troops occupied no very high place in the ranking due to lack of funds for operational transfer of military equipment, and aircraft carriers. Also Navy Germany had a small number of submarines. But, nevertheless, in the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Germany there are many attack helicopters, and not so long ago, Germany began to provide military-technical support new NATO members in Eastern Europe.


16. Thailand

16. Thailand
16. Thailand

Budget: 5,39 billion dollars
Personnel: 306 000
Tanks: 722
Aeronautical engineering: 573
Submarines: 0
After the military coup 2014 Thai armed forces are the main force supporting the unity of the state. The Thai army has received a quite high rating from Credit Suisse for the number of personnel, number of tanks and the presence in the composition of the Navy of an aircraft carrier.


15. Australia

15. Australia
15. Australia

Budget: 26,1 billion
Personnel: 58 000
Tanks: 59
Aircraft: 408
Submarines: 6
Australian armed forces are relatively smallthey are quite a low estimate for the number of personnel and tanks. Also, they can not boast a large number of aircraft.


14. Israel

14. Israel
14. Israel

 

Budget: $ 17 billion
Staff: 160 000
Tanks: 4 170
Aircraft: 684
Subs: 5
In quantitative terms, Israel has a small armed forces. However, the continued practice of compulsory conscription makes a significant portion of the population is well prepared for possible participation in hostilities. Numerous military clashes with neighbouring States in the past, and the General instability of the socio-political situation in the middle East to force Israel to contain multiple tanks, aircraft and attack helicopters.


13. Taiwan

13. Taiwan
13. Taiwan

Budget: $ 10.7 billion
Personnel: 290 000
Tanks: 2 005
Aircraft: 804
Submarines: 4
Under constant threat of a possible Chinese invasion, is a partially recognized state focused on the development of the armed forces in order to maintain its defense capability. It has the fifth largest attack helicopters of the air force in the list. Also in the Taiwanese armed forces quite a lot of planes and tanks.


12. Egypt

12. Egypt
12. Egypt

Budget: $ 4.4 billion
Personnel: 468 500
Tanks: 4 624
Aircraft: 1107
Submarines: 4
Egyptian armed forces – one of the oldest and strongest in the middle East. Egypt receives substantial military and financial assistance from the United States and has a fifth in the number of the number of tanks in the world. As part of the Egyptian army more than a thousand tanks Abrams M1A1, although many of them are just gathering dust in the hangars, so never used in fact.


11. Pakistan

11. Pakistan
11. Pakistan

Budget: $ 7 billion
Personnel: 617 000
Tanks: 2 924
Aircraft: 914
Submarines: 8
Pakistani armed forces are among the largest in the world by number of personnel. Credit Suisse also notes the presence of large number of tanks and aircraft. In addition, there is the assumption that Pakistan is so rapidly increasing its nuclear capabilities, which could become the third nuclear power in the world in the next decade.


10. Turkey

10. Turkey
10. Turkey

The budget of 18.2 billion dollars
Personnel: 410 500
Tanks: 3 778
Aeronautical engineering: 1 020
Subs: 13
The Turkish armed forces is one of the largest armies in the Eastern Mediterranean. Despite the lack of aircraft carriers, only five countries in the list of Credit Suisse have a more impressive submarine fleet. In addition, Turkey can count on a huge number of tanks and aircraft.


9. UK

9. UK
9. UK

Budget: 60,5 billion dollars
Personal staff: 146 980
Tanks: 407
Aircraft: 936
Submarines: 10
Although the UK authorities intend to cut armed forces by 20% by 2018, its troops still capable of taking part in operations around the world. The Royal Navy is preparing for the completion of: in 2020 it is planned to Commission the aircraft carrier «Queen Elizabeth«, which has a flight deck area of nearly 2 hectares and is able to bear the 40 newest front-line fighter aircraft Lockheed Martin F-35.


8. Italy

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8. Italy

Budget: $ 34 billion
Staff: 320 000
Tanks: 586
Aircraft: 760
Submarines: 6
Italian armed forces occupy a high place in the rating of Credit Suisse due to the presence in its composition of the two carriers. In addition, Italy has an impressive number of attack helicopters and a decent submarine fleet.


7. South Korea

7. South Korea
7. South Korea

Budget: 62,3 billion dollars
Personnel: 624 465
Tanks: 2 381
Aeronautical engineering: 1 412
Subs: 13
South Korea does not have much of a choice: in view of the continuing tensions with its Northern neighbor have large and modern armed forces. In this regard, the army has a lot of submarines, attack helicopters and numerous personnel.


6. France

6. France
6. France

Budget: 62,3 billion dollars
Personnel: 202 761
Tanks: 423
Aeronautical engineering: 1 264
Submarines: 10
The French army is not very numerous, but its personnel were well-prepared. Moreover, French armed forces have an effective means of troop transport. Also the French Navy have recently built an aircraft carrier «Charles de Gaulle» launched in 1994. The armed forces are not sitting idle: France quite seriously mired in conflict resolution throughout the African countries where it provides support in the fight against extremism and stabilization of the political situation.


5. India

5. India
5. India

Budget: $ 50 billion
Personnel: 1 325 000
Tanks: 6 464
Aeronautical engineering: 1 905
Submarines: 15
India has one of the largest armies in the world: the number of personnel it ranks third in the world (after the USA and China), as well as the largest number of tanks and aviation technology after USA, China and Russia. In addition, India is a nuclear power. It is expected that by 2020 it will occupy the fourth place in the world largest military spending.


4. Japan

4. Japan
4. Japan

Budget: 41,6 billion dollars
Personnel: 247 173
Tanks: 678
Aeronautical engineering: 1 613
Subs: 16

In quantitative terms, the Japanese forces are quite small. Meanwhile, the self-defense Forces of Japan is very well equipped with military equipment. According to Credit Suisse, the country has the fourth largest underwater fleet in the world, as well as four aircraft carriers, although they are based exclusively helicopters. By the number of attack helicopters self-defense Forces of Japan ranked fourth in the world after the U.S., Russia and China.


3. China

3. China
3. China

Budget: $ 216 billion
Personnel: 2 333 000
Tanks: 9 150
Aeronautical engineering: 2 860
Subs: 67

The people’s liberation army of China imposing increased in size and significantly expanded its capabilities over the past decade. On the number of personnel it has been ranked in the world. It also has the second largest number of tanks after Russia and the second largest underwater fleet after the USA. China had rapidly achieved visible success in the program of modernization of military equipment, and now actively develops innovative military technology, including the development of fifth-generation fighters and advanced ballistic missiles.


2. Russia

2. Russia
2. Russia

Budget: 84,5 billion dollars
Personnel: 766 055
Tanks: 15 398
Aeronautical engineering: 3 429
Submarines: 55

Russia’s armed forces are indisputably the second power in the modern world. Russia has the world’s largest number of tanks, the second largest (after the U.S.) fleet of aircraft and third in the world in the number of submarines is an underwater fleet.
Military spending of the Kremlin was increased by almost a third since 2008, and in the next three years it is expected this number will increase by 44%. Russia also demonstrated the possibility of rapid transfer of its troops on the example of an operation in Syria.


1. USA

1. USA
1. USA

Budget: 601 billion dollars
Personal staff: 1 400 000
Tanks: 8 848
Aeronautical engineering: 13 892
Submarines: 72

Despite the cost reductions, the US still spends on military needs more money than the rest of the top ten countries of the ranking all together.
The strongest U.S. advantage in conventional weapons – a fleet of 10 aircraft carriers. For example, India, whose third aircraft carrier is now still under construction, ranks second in the world by their number.

The United States has the world’s most powerful fleet of aircraft and well-trained personnel, and develop innovative weapons for their Navy on the basis of a railgun. In addition, the U.S. nuclear Arsenal – the largest in the world.


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