Last Updated on January 1, 2020
A strong military is the essential foundation of every country. If a nation does not have a strong army and project its strength, it is bound to be seen as vulnerable and become a target to not only terror attack but also conflict within its territory and among its people.
To achieve a stable and powerful military force, countries around the world allocate a large annual budget from their GDP to advance their military weapons, increase their man power, and increase the number of their aircraft and manned or unmanned ground vehicles.
This list has brought to you the world’s eight most powerful armies in the world that you may or may not have known about.
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#8 – The Turkish Army
There is no denying it that Turkey is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. However, that is not all that Turkey has to boast.
This Euroasian country known for its great Ottoman history and with a total population of 83.43 million as of 2019, has one of the world’s strongest militaries, dedicating $8.2 billion of its budget annually to the development of its military power.
Ranking as the second-largest military force in the intergovernmental military alliance, NATO, after the United States, the Turkish Armed Forces typically consist of the army, air force, and the navy whose total staff are numbered at 639,551, according to 2015 estimates.
Turkey currently has 207 fighter jets, 194 naval assets, and 2,445 combat tanks. The Turkish military has been growing in size and strength since 2015 in line with the fight in Syria and as preparation for a potential Turkish-Kurdish clash.
#7 – The British army
With a population of 67.53 million people as of 2019, The United Kingdom currently has more than 27,000 trained part-time personnel and 1,500 regulars in its army, a total aircraft strength of 856, 88 fighter jets, 76 warships, and 249 combat tanks.
The UK allocates $45.7 billion annually for its military development.
In addition to defending the kingdom’s crown and territory, the British Armed Forces provide humanitarian aid to disaster and war-torn countries, and support the international efforts of peacekeeping.
BY 2020, the British Royal Navy will put into operation the HMS Queen Elizabeth, an aircraft carrier that can carry 40 F-35B joint strike fighters.
#6 – The Japanese army
The seventh toughest military force in the world is that of Japan, the land where legendary Samurai warriors and powerful emperors lived.
With more than 247,000 active army personnel and almost 60,000 in backup, 131 war ships, 288 fighter jets, and 700 combat tanks, the Japanese military protects its country and population of 26.86 million people.
Japan’s Self-Defense Forces budget is estimated at an annual $49.1 billion, making it the world’s sixth-highest number of military spendings.
Japan’s military expansion has started 40 years ago, in response to its disputes with China.
#5 – The French army
France’s current military spending is estimated at $35 billion a year. French Armed Forces comprise the army, navy, air force, the Gendarmerie of the French Republic, and the National Guard.
The French army has more than 220,000 regular personnel and reservists, making up a total military force of 500,000 members.
France has a population of 66.99 million (2019), 296 fighter aircraft, 406 war tanks, 118 war ships, and over 9,000 ground vehicles.
Although such estimates do not make France one of the pioneering military forces in the world, the country possess 290 nuclear weapons in addition to its prominent position in the European Union and the United Nations.
#4 – The Indian army
As the country with the second-largest population in the world, estimated at 1.37 billion, after China, India has built an army of 3.5 million members, and therefore, secured its place as one of the countries with the largest and strongest armies.
India does not only have 1,785 aircraft, 295 naval assets, and over 16,000 land vehicles which include 3,500 tanks, it also has nuclear weapons and giant missiles. The country’s current annual defense budget is estimated at $46 billion.
India has set an action plan to modernize its military force and secure the position of the country with the fourth-highest military spending by 2020.
#3 – The Chinese army
The Chinses military is a force to be reckoned with. China has a total of 2,955 aircraft including 1,271 fighter jets, 6,457 tanks, 714 war ships, and an army of 2.285 million frontline personnel and 2.3 million members of reserve forces.
China, which has the world’s largest population of 1.43 billion, currently spends a total of $161.7 billion on its military development each year.
Furthermore, China has 300 nuclear weapons with 180 methods to deploy these weapons, making it, undeniably, one of the top three military forces.
#2 – Russian army
Russia has the second strongest military force in the world, with a total of 3,794 aircraft, 806 fighter jets, 352 war ships, and 20,216 tanks, in addition to a large army of 766,000 active personnel and 2.5 million reservists.
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia’s economic and military growth has been increasing significantly. Now the country has 8,500 active nuclear warheads and allocates $44.6 billion of its annual budget to further advance its military power.
Russia’s military budget is anticipated to grow larger by next year.
#1 – The US army
The United States ranks 1st in the world and on this list as the country with the most powerful army force.
The US population has grown to 329.45 million people as of 2019, and so did its military power in recent years. The US army is estimated at 800,000 backups and 1.4 million soldiers, whereas the total of its aircraft forces is 13,762 including 2,296 fighter jets and in addition to 5,884 tanks, and 415 war ships.
The United States spends an amount as large as $587.8 billion on its military defense each year, which helps it use some of the most advanced technologies for its army and navy.
The US also has over 7,500 nuclear warheads. It is no surprise that its military power takes first place in the world.
The countries with the strongest armies in the world are ought to have all of the aforementioned characteristics: man power, air force, navy power, a good defense budget, and the foresight to counter every terrorist threat.