Global Firepower Index’s 2020 Military Strength Ranking – The analytical company Global Firepower every year makes a ranking of the armies of the world, 2020 was no exception. Experts analyze over 50 parameters, such as financial capabilities, mining, and consumption of minerals, quality of logistics services, the state of the Air Force, Ground Force, Navy, etc.
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Global Firepower Index’s 2020 Military Strength Ranking
2020 Military Strength, the full list of Global Firepower – Global Firepower Index uses more than 50 separate factors to determine a country’s Power Index (PwrIndx) score.
|45||United Arab Emirates||0.7034|
|71||Democratic Republic of the Congo||1.1389|
|121||Republic of the Congo||2.9509|
|129||Central African Republic||3.2889|
|133||Bosnia and Herzegovina||3.8586|
Global Firepower Index’s 2020: Top 10 Most Powerful Militaries
The tenth place in the ranking of world military power was given to the Brazilian army, which dominates the South American continent in terms of military strength.
By the number of air transport, it ranks fifth in the world, in terms of oil production is in the 10th position, and by the total population – on the fifth. Brazil is also among the top five countries in terms of airports (4,093), the workforce involved in the logistics industry, as well as the number of seaports and terminals (17).
The defense budget of Brazil is relatively small and amounts to 27.8 billion dollars.
In 2020, Egypt will dominate the Middle East in terms of military strength.
This country ranks 10th (out of 138 represented in the ranking) in terms of the total air force, 4th in terms of tanks, and 6th in terms of armored vehicles and missiles.
Egypt is in 7th place by the total assets of the Navy. But by the defense budget – 11.2 billion dollars – the country is not even in the first twenty.
8. Great Britain
It is not yet known how lavishly celebrated Brexit will affect the future of one of the largest nuclear powers, but its army still remains one of the best in the world.
It ranks third in the number of aircraft carriers (2 units), fifth in the number of frigates (13) and eighth in the number of mine-trial craft (13). And even if Britain has not been the lord of the seas for a long time, but it is in its Navy is concentrated all the nuclear power of the state. Four nuclear submarines with ballistic missiles (SSBNs) not of the newest Vanguard class are on alert. By 2030 they are planned to be replaced with new SSBNs of Successor class.
As for defense spending, Britain will not be stingy and has allocated as much as 55.1 billion dollars, which puts it in fifth place among all the countries considered by the experts of Global Firepower.
The influence of a country located in Western Europe extends to most of the world through science, politics, economics, and perhaps above all culture. But in military terms, France also has something to be proud of.
It ranks 8th in the air force as a whole, 7th in the number of frigates (11) and mine trawlers (17), and 10th in defense spending (41.5 billion dollars).
6. South Korea
South Korea has an unpredictable DPRK on its side, so it has no time to relax. And the defense budget of the Republic of Korea is very solid – 44 billion dollars. By the number of reservists (3.1 million people), this country is in second place among 138 strongest armies in the world.
South Korea also has an excellent performance in terms of military parameters such as armored vehicles (4th place), self-propelled artillery (3rd place), and towed artillery (3rd place). And at sea, if necessary, this country will not hit the mud face. It has 22 submarines (6th line), 12 corvettes (also 6th line), 18 frigates (5th place), and 2 aircraft carriers (4th line). Such an impressive military potential allowed her to be placed on the sixth position in the list of states with the strongest army in 2020.
In one of the most technically advanced countries, there are heated discussions about revising Article 9 of the Constitution, according to which Japan refuses to establish land forces, air force, and navy, and to use military force to resolve international disputes.
Formally, the Japanese army is called the Self-Defense Forces, but it is not formally funded, but very generously – 49 billion dollars. And you will hardly be surprised by the fact that by the number of ports and sea terminals (44 of them) Japan takes the first place in the ranking, and by the number of aircraft carriers (4) and destroyers (40 ships) – the second.
With a population of 1.29 billion, India is the second-most populous country in the world after China. And it is expected to be second in terms of human resources (622.4 million people), military (1.4 million people) and third in terms of reserves (2.1 million people).
India has a powerful Air Force, with 2,123 airborne vehicles at its disposal (4th ranked), as well as a huge number of tanks, with 4,292 of them (5th ranked). And in terms of military spending, the Indian government has put its country in the top 4, spending 61 billion dollars for that purpose.
The top 3 strongest armies of the world are opening up the Chinese, year after year increasing its power in response to the growing presence of the United States in the region. China is the world’s first country in terms of population (1.3 billion), active human resources (752,855,402), and the number of active troops – 2.1 million people.
China’s Air Force – the world’s third in terms of total equipment, the Navy – the second, and on land Celestial Empire is ready to expose the enemy 3,500 tanks, 33,000 armored vehicles, and 2,650 multiple launch rocket systems.
Expenditures on the army in China are huge – 237 billion dollars.
For patriots, it will certainly be pleased to know that Russia has the second strongest army in the world as of 2020. However, it was the same last year.
Although our army is not as big as the Chinese and Indian ones (1 million active military personnel), and by the number of reservists (2 million people) Russia is only in 4th place, but by the number of military air transport (4,163 vehicles) – the second in the world, and by the number of tanks (12,950), self-propelled artillery (6,083) and multiple launch rocket systems (3,860) – first.
The Navy is also a reliable friend of Russia, with the number of corvettes and mine trawlers coming in the first place. Russia’s military budget is even less than that of Japan – 48 billion dollars.
In addition to the second place in the ranking of armies, Russia is also among the top 2 largest arms exporters in the world, giving way to the first place to the United States.
1. United States
The leader in the list of the world’s strongest armies in 2020 according to Global Firepower has not changed.
The United States is the most dominant economic and military power in the world. It dominates the defense budget – 750 billion dollars, the number of military equipment of the Air Force (13 264) and armored vehicles (39 253), and is the second in the world by the number of tanks (6 289).
Recently, the media reported that the U.S. Defense Ministry has resumed a competition for a new armored combat vehicle. The cost of this program, to put it mildly, is large – 45 billion dollars. The new vehicles will replace the outdated M2 Bradley BMP, which “entered the service” back in 1981.
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