State is responsible for providing security and justice to its people. To accomplish this duty, armies are established. The role of the army includes the protection of national territory aka borders, quick reaction in national crisis like natural disasters and safety measures for the civilians so they can work for their country without any tension. How strong is the army of the country? The answer to this question does not have any hard and fast rule. But it depends upon a lot of factors. Some of the factors include manpower, nuclear abilities, total assets, arms and ammunition etc. Even, if an army lacks in modern technology and assets, and still it is fulfilling the state’s requirement then it can be termed as a strong one. This article ‘List Of top 10 strongest armies in 2018’ is based upon some statistics and facts and also on the performance of the respective armies.
- 10. Brazilian Armed Forces, Brazil
- 9. Japan Self Defense Forces, Japan
- 8. Turkish Armed Forces, Turkey
- 7. Bundeswehr, Germany
- 6. Indian Armed Forces, India
- 5. French Armed Forces, France
- 4. British Armed Forces, UK
- 3. Armed Force Of Russian Federation, Russia
- 2. People’s Liberation Army, China
- 1. United States Armed Forces, America
10. Brazilian Armed Forces, Brazil
From the past few years, Brazil is facing a lot of security challenges within the state. The Brazilian Army is no doubt, working day and night to face these challenges and making the country stabilized. For this purpose, the government has allocated a military budget of $31,576,000,000 for defense purposes. About 3,60,000 soldiers are working actively while 10,00,000 are in reserve. The total amount of tanks, aircraft’s and submarines are 480, 750 and 5 respectively. While 1 aircraft carrier is in Brazil’s hand.
9. Japan Self Defense Forces, Japan
The basic mission of Japan Self Defense Forces is to protect the Japanese mainland. After World War II, Japan has been so much involved in itself, and its main purpose is establishing the country and making it fully equipped to meet modern challenges safely. The total defense budget is about $50 billion. The working of the military forces is unique from other armies. JSDF hires civilian personnel and they remain civilian, technically. The ones who wear uniforms are termed as special civil servants.
8. Turkish Armed Forces, Turkey
Turkey is one of the most peaceful countries of the world which is prospering with leaps and bounds. In all the success, the Turkish Armed Force plays an influential role. The recent statistics reveals that Turkey is spending an amount of $18,185,000,000 on the military budget. About 6,50,000 soldiers are active while 2,00,000 are in reserve. Other stats include 3500 tanks, 990 aircrafts and 14 submarines with 0 nuclear bombs.
7. Bundeswehr, Germany
Bundeswehr was established on November 12, 1955. The duties of the Defense force of Germany include conflict prevention and crisis reaction in addition to protection of borders. The statistics tells that Germany has a total of 1,48,996 active while 4,00,000 reserve soldiers, 408 tanks, 710 aircrafts, and 4 submarines. It seems that after World War II, Germany has strived very hard to regain their lost strength.
6. Indian Armed Forces, India
India is a developing country facing problems like corruption, political instability, terrorism and much more. So, the forces of such a country must be very strong. Keeping this thing in mind, India is allocating a total of $44,282,000,000 on the military budget. The active troops are above 13,00,000 and reserve troops are above 5,00,000. India holds around 3500 tanks, 1500 aircrafts, 100 nuclear bombs, 15 submarines and 2 aircraft carriers.
5. French Armed Forces, France
When it comes to manpower, then FAF is largest amongst the other armies of European Union and amongst NATO is stands at the third position. France holds the nuclear powers which is third largest in the world. With a total of 362,485 soldiers, FAF also own 423 tanks, 1203 aircrafts, 300 nuclear bombs, 10 submarines and 1 aircraft carrier. FAF is burning their midnight oil in maintaining peace and stability around the globe, securing interests of French abroad and above all defense at the national borders of the country.
4. British Armed Forces, UK
British Armed Forces constitutes of Royal Air force, Royal Navy and British Army. UK have 2,24,500 active professional soldiers while 1,50,000 reserve soldiers. State spends a total of $57,875,170,000 on the military budget. The total tanks which belong to British Armed Forces are more than 400, Aircrafts are 1412, nuclear bombs are above 200, submarines are 11 and aircraft carrier is 1. With all these arms and ammunition, UK is striving hard to maintain peace in the country and in the whole world.
3. Armed Force Of Russian Federation, Russia
Russian Navy, Russian Ground Forces and Russian Air Force are included in the Armed Forces of Russian Federation. Government of Russia decided to spend $200 billion for the upgrade of the military equipment from 2006 to 2018. This development will bring Russia at the top of the list within no time. Let us have a look at some facts. 7,66,000 soldiers are active receiving a military budget of $64,000,000,000. Russia has above 15,000 tanks, 3000 aircrafts, 8000 nuclear bombs, 60 submarines and 1 aircraft carrier.
2. People’s Liberation Army, China
China is in a tough competition with America and it is expected that in the coming years China would be the super power of the world leaving America behind. PLA came into existence on August 1, 1927. Approximately 3 million soldiers are serving in the army. The military budget of China is $129,272,000,000. Other supplements include more than 9000 tanks, almost 3000 aircraft’s, about 250 nuclear bombs, more than 65 submarines and 1 aircraft carrier. China is working hard on getting command on the latest technology.
1. United States Armed Forces, America
When it comes to technology, army personals or defense budget, America stands at the top of the list. 14,30,000 soldiers are committed to work for the defense of the country. America allocates the military budget of $689,591,000,000. The army possesses more than 8000 tanks, 13000 aircraft’s, 7500 nuclear bombs, 70 submarines and 10 aircraft carriers.
With all these things, America is fighting for peace not only within the country but also in Asia, Europe and Middle East. USAF has played a very strong role in few last years in its history.