Military is the defensive and offensive frontiers of the nations. The defense & security of ideological and geographical boundaries is the obligation of and the key concern to an army of the country. The social, economic, strategic, internal and external interests and securities are also controlled by the group known as Military. The developed and underdeveloped both are aware of the need for a strong, capable and well-trained army. Every year, heavy proportion of the national budgets are incurred to purchase the weaponry, recruit the soldiers and advance the existing deterrence. Here you will read in detail about Top Ten Strongest Military Power in the World 2016 – 2017.
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The need of an army in general and strong army, in particular, can never be undermined in any situation. A couple of states with weak soldiering, incompetent combatants, unmotivated fragments and secessionists end with nothing but tag of “failed states”- inviting the wrath of others to serve them with the same stick. For instance, take Middle East; the corrupt, long-ruling dictators and filthy rich elite has been able to end in utter anarchy, chaos and devastation of both their ever ending (once) reign and poor subjects.
List of Top Strongest Military Power in the World 2016 – 2017
Here is a calculation of resistance and embankment of some of the powerful military in the world. Have a compendium look at some of the world’s best powerhouses as discovered and indexed by Global firepower. Nuclear arsenals are not considered. Above details are overview and summary of the traditional deterrence.
In the list of top ten powerful military in the world, Turkey has ranking of number ten with active number of troops about 410,500 with reserve ones about 185,630. Turkish government compelled to spend heavy amount of budget that is about $18.2 billion due to intimidation from Kurdish and ideological conflict with Syria. In the last year 2014 the defense budget was increased by almost 9.4% as compared to the previous year. As the Turkish army is performing their duties as a NATO member in Afghanistan war, they are receiving a huge amount of defensive support from United States.
Being the first victim of the nuclear atrocity in the World War II, the Japanese have struggled hard for the recovery of the wounds skinned so deepen and rooted in the soil of rising land of sun. Acclamation of just economic power meant nothing to the Japanese peninsula. Facing threats from the aggressive neighbors like North Korea, China, and other regional players, it was inevitable for a country of 127.3 billion to maintain the current standards of deterrence. It is also necessary for them to safeguard its citizens from the tsunamis and cyclones caused by the modern warfare and lethal weapons – apparently imposed by the bi-polar world.
The progress can be witnessed as the technology geeks go for the record high expenditure for defense for the first time in eleven years. The military is also going to get an expansion in four decades. Forces at present are strengthened by 247,000 active personnel and further backed by 57,900 reserve cops. The significant arms power is adorned by 1,595 aircraft making it the world’s fifth-largest air force and 131 ships. Nevertheless, the deterrence is only for peace not for offense as legislated in the Japanese constitution as peace comes with power.
German’s have almost leading role in the world’s latest technology as they are dominating the tech world as the world’s costly BMW cars is the production of Germany. Germany fought World War I and World War II with its power and advanced weapons, the world know the brutally of German army as they brutally tortured their war prisoners that result a heavy loss of many innocent lives. So if we say that they have a warmongering than we are not wrong. Annually Germany is spending more than $45 billion to meet their military concerns more efficiently.
At this stage, Germany has almost 185,000 active troops while about 145,000 personnel is available as reserved ones. Put an eye on their ammunition and armored fighting vehicles, they have 408 tanks with total amount 5,869. There are about 663 jets in the German army with the support of 355 helicopters in which about 34 are attacking helicopters.
07. South Korea
South Korea is the most progressive and literate country in the world, the country’s most intention is towards improving their literacy rate day by day. Due to heavy threats of war from North Korea and other neighbor countries like China and Japan they are constrained to spend their heavy budget on defense and their arm forces. There are about 640,000 on-duty troops while 2,900,000 troops are performing their duties as reserve troops as they are standing on 9th place on the ranking.
For improving the capabilities of military and making advancement in their ammunition depot recently, they spend more than $34 billion in the security department. America being the strong strategic partner of the South Koreans meets their military needs and train the National army of the Republic. The number of tanks in South Korean army is about greater than 2,346 with the heavy support of about 1,400 aircraft with the world’s sixth largest air force.
France was also a member of World War II as they were fighting against Germans and their alloys, they also faced too much loss of economy and lives. France is the fourth Nuclear power of the world who independently test its nuclear weapons. The total active number of troops are about 202,761 with the support of 195,770 reserve military. There are about 7,000 armored fighting vehicles with the logistic support of 423 tanks for their infantry forces.
The number of attacking aircraft is about 257 for their air force with 46 fighting helicopters. Annually Germany is spending 1.9% of its GDP on its defense that is about $43 billion. Due to all these facts and figures France is ranked number six in the list top ten strongest countries in the world.
05. The United Kingdom
Despite the cuts made by the government of Kingdom and the decision to downsize the army by 20% in the period of next three years, the country is still sharing the strength to stand at #5 in the global firepower. The active personnel on the front-lines serving the nation is 146,980 while the active personnel number is around 182,000.
A reasonable deterrence aided by tanks, artillery, SPGs, and MLRSs are always there to exercise. A total of 936 Aircraft, 89 interceptors, 160 Fixed-wings, 343 trainer jets, 402 helicopters and 65 Fighter helicopters are always able to respond to any aggression. The naval forces are on their marks to encounter the insurgency and aggressors.
India is leading the continent to pursue the power and strategic dominance in the region on every front. The expenditure on the defense is increasing day by day because of their aggressive behavior towards the desire of power gain in the area. They spend a large part of their budget on their security concerns that is about more than $46 billion due to which India is currently taken as the world’s largest importer of infantry. India has clashes with China, Sri Lanka as well as with their neighbor Pakistan as they fought four times with Pakistan in the wars of 1947, 1965, 1971 and Kargil.
Also India has insurgency in different states in its country, police are too weak to control the overall situation, and their forces are fighting in Kashmir. Because of all these facts there is no choice for India to spend more and more budget on their defense and defensive forces. Currently, there are about 1,325,000 active military staff available for the state to give their services any time while they have another reserve troops about 2,143,000 to defend their state in any troublesome conditions. Indian army has support of about 6,464 tanks, 292 Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems, 761 fighter aircraft and twenty attacking helicopters.
The Chinese are a republic of 1.35 billion masses and the representatives of 2,333,000 active personnel. The largest economy in the world also has the largest army in the world. Their defensive ministry is putting their major intention to increase their troops, as well as their ammunition, as China has an annual increase of 12.2% for spending their budget as compared to the previous year. The official calculation of the defensive budget of China is about $126 billion which is too massive. D
ue to clashes with India, Japan and Philippines in different matters China is intended to increase their defense budget to shield their national ideology and states. China also has support of 2,300,000 reserve personnel to get their services in different unfavorable conditions. In the ammunition, there are about 9,150 tanks with almost 4,788 armored fighting vehicles and about 1,770 multiple-Launch Rocket Systems. The fighting aircraft in the air force of China is about 1,311, and the number of attacking helicopters is about 196. In the coming future hopefully China will become the largest weapon dealer in the world because of its strong economy.
Russia has been a Super Power of the world for a very long period before the downfall of the Soviet Union, at present it is the second largest dealer of weapons after the United States of America. Russia is anti-Europe, anti-America, anti-Israel, anti-Middle East except Syria due to which they have their major concerns defense and military. Their military is defending their state with the help of 766,055 active troops and 2,485,000 reserve troops. They have logistic support of 31,298 Armored Fighting Vehicles in which 15,398 are only fighting tanks, and it is the largest number in the world.
Their Air Force is also very strong having 1,305 attacking Aircraft and about 111 fighting Helicopters. In coming few years, their defensive budget may increase up to 44% relative to the past years. Despite in position of bans in posed by US and EU the country is going to export arms worth 15 billion USD. The state is currently spending $76.6 billion on their defense that’s the reason Russia is ranked on number 2nd on the list of strongest military in the world.
01. United States of America
The torch bearer of human rights and lighthouse of civil rights is the largest exporter of the weapons with its largest arms industry challenging the rival Russian firearm industry. United States fought many wars like Iraq war, the Afghan war, Japan war and the most famous war with Vietnam. US is spending about $612 billion on defense of their budget and at the moment State is the largest exporter of weapons in the world.
United State is the super power of the world with back support of 1,400,000 troops, and the reserve force is about 1,100,000 to defend their nation. The national army is decorated with 8,848 tanks, 41,062 vehicles, 1934 Self-propelled Guns, 1,299 Towed – Artillery and MLRSs reaching 1,331. The air power simply is the best and unparalleled for decades with 13,892 aircraft, 2,207 interceptors, 2,797 Fixed wings, 5,366 transport aircraft, 6196 helicopters and 920 attacks or gunship helicopters as shared by global firepower.
The naval strength carries 62 destroyers, 72 submarines, 13 defense crafts, ten frigates and 11 mine warfare arsenals. The show and military might of the States can be witnessed well in the Middle-Eastern lands.