Every Nation knows that to be a Superpower in this world, it needs to have one of the strongest military in the world. The military is considered as one of the most precious elements when it comes to the security of a Nation. Also, a military is a lifeline of a country when it comes to the rescue operations during any natural or man-made casualties. While, all army personnel in the world are known for their courage and fearless behavior and it is very difficult to make a list of the strongest military in the world based on that single fact. Today, we have come up with a list of Top 10 Nations who have the strongest armies in the world. This list is based on the following two factors- No. of Active Personnel and the military equipment possessed by these Nations. Check out the list below.
Strongest Military In The World:
- Annual Budget: $18.7 Billion
- Military Personnel: 410,500
Turkish Armed Forces are one of the largest in the eastern Mediterranean. Turkish Armed Forces collectively rank as the second largest standing military force in NATO, first being the U.S. Armed Forces. As per the Credit Suisse’s list, only five countries have more submarines the Turkey. While in 2015, Turkey increased its defence budget by 10% because of the strong presence of ISIS in the neighbouring countries.
9. United Kingdom
- Annual Budget: $60.5 Billion
- Military Personnel: 146,980
Although, the United Kingdom has laid a plan to reduce the size of its armed forces by 20% between 2010 – 2018. However, the army of the UK is still among the strongest military in the world with its 160 nuclear weapons being the main strength. Moreover, the Royal Navy is planning to put the HMS Queen Elizabeth in 2020. It’s an aircraft carrier that can carry 40 F-35B joint strike fighters across the world.
- Annual Budget: $34 Billion
- Military Personnel: 320,000
Since the second post-war the Italian armed force has become more and more engaged in international peace support operations, mainly because of United Nations influence. While the country still possesses two active aircraft carriers and more than 750 aircraft which led to the jump in the Italy’s ranking.
7. South Korea
- Annual Budget: $62.3 Billion
- Military Personnel: 624,465
Being in a constant threat of attack from their neighbouring country- North Korea, South Korea has no choice but to have a strong and powerful military force. South Korea has about 15,000 land weapons including rocket systems. Seeing its aggressive neighbour North Korea, South Korea has increased its defense expenditure quite a few times in the recent years.
- Annual Budget: $62.3 Billion
- Military Personnel: 202,761
In 2013, France reduced its military jobs by 10% to save money for technologically advanced equipment, following the lead of Germany. Although the French military is relatively small in number but highly trained and one of the strongest military in the world. Moreover, France has a total of 290 nuclear weapons in its arsenals.
- Annual Budget: $50 Billion
- Military Personnel: 1,325,000
Being one of the largest military powers in the world, India has the most active manpower of any country aside from China and the US. While, its famous ballistic missiles have a range that can hit all of Pakistan or most of China. Moreover, the country is expected to become the fourth highest military spender in the world by 2020.
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- Annual Budget: $41.6 Billion
- Military Personnel: 247,173
Although the country has relatively less active manpower but it is one of the strongest military in the world all because of its extremely advanced military equipment. Also, it has the fourth largest submarine fleet in the list. Moreover, the army is also equipped with 131 warships and it maintains a strong foothold in Asia when it comes to military power.
- Annual Budget: $216 Billion
- Military Personnel: 2,333,000
China has emerged as the strongest military force in the Asia from past few years. In terms of active manpower, China is the largest military in the world. Also, China comes at second place when it comes to the largest tank fleets(behind Russia) and largest submarine fleet(behind the US). Moreover, China has left behind all the nations in terms of having technological advanced aircraft and missiles.
- Annual Budget: $84.5 Billion
- Military Personnel: 766,055
Russia comes in second place when it comes to the strongest military in the world. Russia has the world’s largest tank fleet, the world’s second largest aircraft fleet behind the US, and the third largest submarine fleet behind the US & China. While, the country is the world leader with almost 8500 active nuclear warheads in its kitty. Also, the military budget of the country is expected to increase exponentially in the coming years.
1. United States
- Annual Budget: $601 Billion
- Military Personnel: 1,400,000
Finally, it’s time to meet the strongest military in the world and is none other than the United States. Despite, significant cuts in its defensive budget, US is still the world’s top military superpower. All thanks to the cutting edge technology and its fleet of 10 Aircraft carriers, America has maintained its position as the country having the strongest military in the world. Moreover, the nation tops the list of the country with largest Nuclear Arsenal.
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