Armies are considered an important part of a country and its security. Each year, a large fortune is allocated outside the budget to fight battles. Countries take special initiatives to strengthen themselves militarily. If we try to compare the armies of the different nations to evaluate the countries with the strongest armies, it would probably not be possible to do so hypothetically. However, without giving rise to a bloodbath, we can have a fair idea about the military strengths of the countries taking into account the arsenal they possess, the advanced technologies implemented, the training, the power and the number of allies, the size of the army, the allocated budget, etc. While it is a fairly subjective issue, several organizations, such as Business Insider, conduct their own studies to classify military powers. Let’s take a look at the top 10 countries with stronger armies
Japan was the land of the samurai, and Japan was a leading military force in World War II. Interestingly, his peace treaty at the end of World War II prohibits him from having an offensive army. In response to its growing disputes with China in constant expansion, Japan began military expansion, for the first time in 40 years, by placing a new base on the outer islands. He increased his military spending, for the first time in 11 years, to $ 49.1 billion, the sixth highest in the world. It has more than 247,000 active personnel and almost 60,000 in reserve. With 1,595 aircraft, it is the fifth largest air force. The army is also equipped with 131 warships. In addition, through its recent defense initiatives, it maintains a strong military presence in Asia.
9. South Korea
South Korea shares its border with North Korea, which has an extremely powerful army at its disposal and, therefore, is a constant threat to South Korea. But, your offensive neighbor is not your only problem. To meet the growing armament of China and Japan, South Korea has increased its defense spending, which is now $ 34 billion. It maintains a large army of more than 640,000 active personnel and 2,900,000 additional personnel in the reserve, along with the sixth largest air force with 1,393 aircraft, as well as a small 166 ships. The country has about 15,000 ground weapons, including rocket systems, as well as 2,346 tanks. He regularly participates in military training with the United States.
Perhaps it was the struggle of the other countries that share borders with the regions where the Islamic State has a strong presence, the struggle in Syria or the likelihood of clashes with the Kurdish separatist organization, PKK, which made Turkey realize that You need to prepare to face the danger in front, if you approach, and decide to increase your defense investment in 2015 by 10%. Its defense budget is $ 18.18 billion. The size of his army, including regular troops and reserves, is just over 660,000. Turkey’s air force has 1000 planes. The army also claims 16,000 ground weapons. He has strong diplomatic ties with the United States and participates in initiatives around the world.
Germany is one of the strongest economic forces in the world, but despite spending around $ 45 million each year, the condition of the army seems to have deteriorated in recent years. Perhaps this is because the generation that was born and raised in the 1950s-60s was against war and its atrocities, and the fear of being hit by countries with the strongest armies still discourages people from joining the army. In 2011, mandatory military service was eliminated to prevent the country from being a militarized country. It has only 183,000 active frontline personnel and 145,000 reservists, along with 710 planes in total, and almost 5,000 ground weapons of various types.
France is another country that follows Germany’s leadership because, in 2013, it made the decision to “effectively freeze” its military expenses and cut defense work by 10%, to save money for technologically advanced equipment. Its current military budget is $ 43 a year, which is 1.9% of the country’s GDP, well below the spending target set by NATO. More than 220,000 regular forces combine with reservists to form a force of approximately 500,000. It has just over 1,000 aircraft, along with 9,000 land vehicles. Even if this does not make France a formidable army, its position in the EU and the UN, a total of 290 nuclear weapons and significant deployments strengthen the country.
5. The United Kingdom
The United Kingdom, another EU member, also has a plan to reduce the size of the armed forces by 20% between 2010 and 2018, and apply smaller cuts to the Royal Navy and the RAF. The UK defense budget is currently $ 54 billion. It has a regular force of only 205,000, along with a small air force of 908 aircraft and an even smaller army of 66 ships. However, the United Kingdom army remains powerful, with its superior training, equipment and its 160 nuclear weapons as the main strengths. The Royal Navy plans to put HMS Queen Elizabeth into service in 2020. It is an aircraft carrier, planned to carry 40 F-35B joint attack fighters worldwide.
India has used its massive population and built an army of 3.5 million, including 1,325 million active military. The large size of the Indian army is one of the reasons why it has always remained among the countries with the best armies in the world. The army’s human force is complemented by almost 16,000 land vehicles that include 3,500 tanks, as well as 1,785 aircraft, along with nuclear weapons. Its ballistic missiles can reach all of Pakistan or most of China. Its current defense budget is $ 46 billion, but it is expected to increase, in an attempt to modernize military power and become the fourth largest spender by 2020. It is the largest importer of military goods in the world.
China’s defense budget is officially $ 126 billion and, in a relentless urge to invest massively in defense, there is likely to be a budget increase of 12.2%. It has a formidable army size, with 2,285 million active frontline personnel and another 2.3 million reservists, which makes it the largest land force in the world, along with almost 25,000 land vehicles. It has another 2,800 airplanes in its air force. China owns around 300 nuclear weapons, along with 180 different methods of deployment. Recently, China acquired confidential information about the new F-35, and stands out for successfully stealing sensitive military technology. China is among the 3 main armed forces.
Russia’s defense budget is $ 76.6 billion, and it is expected to grow 44% more over the next three years. In fact, the Kremlin’s military spending has increased by about a third since 2008, especially since Vladimir Putin seized Russia in 2000. The Russian army has shown substantial growth since the collapse of the Soviet Union two decades ago. It has 766,000 frontline troops and almost 2.5 million in the reserve force, although the soldiers receive mediocre training. The human force is backed by 15,500 tanks, which makes Russia the largest tank force in the world, although it is aging, like the rest of the team. The country is the world leader, with almost 8,500 active nuclear warheads.