20 Strongest Armies In The World! Click To See Where Your Country Ranks

Credit Suisse, a well reputed financial services company, has recently published a report featuring the top 20 strongest armed forces. Scroll down to see where your country stands.

Credit Suisse did acknowledge that it was difficult to determine comparative strength, as there are dozens of factors that can be used for this kind of listing. The company used six variables, giving them individual rankings before tabulating a final score.

The factors were

  1. Number of active personnel (5% of total score)
  2. Tanks (10%)
  3. Attack helicopters (15%)
  4. Aircraft (20%)
  5. Aircraft carriers (25%)
  6. Submarines (25%).

The world’s 20 strongest armies are listed as below:

No. 20. Canada

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Pic Credits: shutterstock

Budget: $15.7 billion
Active frontline personnel: 92,000
Tanks: 181
Total aircraft: 420
Submarines: 4

No. 19. Indonesia

indonesian-army
Pic Credits: xinhuanet

Budget: $6.9 billion
Active frontline personnel: 476,000
Tanks: 468
Total aircraft: 405
Submarines: 2

No. 18. Germany

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German special forces.Fabian Pic Credits: Bimmer/REUTERS

Budget: $40.2 billion
Active frontline personnel: 179,046
Tanks: 408
Total aircraft: 663
Submarines: 4

No. 17. Poland

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Pic Credits: Roman Baluk/Reuters

Budget: $9.4 billion
Active frontline personnel: 120,000
Tanks: 1,009
Total aircraft: 467
Submarines: 5

No. 16. Thailand

Members of Thai army take part in a rehearsal ahead of Thailand's National Armed Forces Day at a military camp in Bangkok
Pic Credits: baltimoresun

Budget: $5.39 billion
Active frontline personnel: 306,000
Tanks: 722
Total aircraft: 573
Submarines: 0

No. 15. Australia

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Hugh Gentry/REUTERS

Budget: $26.1 billion
Active frontline personnel: 58,000
Tanks: 59
Total aircraft: 408
Submarines: 6

No. 14. Israel

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Pic Credits: Hugh Gentry/REUTERS

Budget: $17 billion
Active frontline personnel: 160,000
Tanks: 4,170
Total aircraft: 684
Submarines: 5

No. 13. Taiwan

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A trainee leopard-crawls along a 50-meter-long path of jagged coral and rocks as part of the Taiwan marines’ frogmen “Road to Heaven” test in Zuoying, Kaohsiung. Pic Credits: Nicky Loh/REUTERS

Budget: $10.7 billion
Active frontline personnel: 290,000
Tanks: 2,005
Total aircraft: 804
Submarines: 4

No. 12. Egypt

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Pic Credits: A trainee leopard-crawls along a 50-meter-long path of jagged coral and rocks as part of the Taiwan marines’ frogmen “Road to Heaven” test in Zuoying, Kaohsiung, on January 19, 2011. The test is the final stage of a nine-week intensive amphibious training program. Nicky Loh/REUTERS

Budget: $4.4 billion
Active frontline personnel: 468,500
Tanks: 4,624
Total aircraft: 1,107
Submarines: 4

No. 11. Pakistan

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Pic Credits: dawn

Budget: $7 billion
Active frontline personnel: 617,000
Tanks: 2,924
Total aircraft: 914
Submarines: 8

No. 10. Turkey

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Umit Bektas/REUTERS

Budget: $18.2 billion
Active frontline personnel: 410,500
Tanks: 3,778
Total aircraft: 1,020
Submarines: 13

No. 9. UK

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Pic Credits: dninews

Budget: $60.5 billion
Active frontline personnel: 146,980
Tanks: 407
Total aircraft: 936
Submarines: 10

No. 8. Italy

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An Italian air force Eurofighter Typhoon fighter on a NATO air-policing mission Pic Credits: Ints Kalnins/REUTERS

Budget: $34 billion
Active frontline personnel: 320,000
Tanks: 586
Total aircraft: 760
Submarines: 6

No. 7. South Korea

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Pic Credits: US Marine Corps

Budget: $62.3 billion
Active frontline personnel: 624,465
Tanks: 2,381
Total aircraft: 1,412
Submarines: 13

No. 6. France

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Pic Credits: Stringer ./REUTERS

Budget: $62.3 billion
Active frontline personnel: 202,761
Tanks: 423
Total aircraft: 1,264
Submarines: 10

No. 5. India

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Pic Credits: ste

Budget: $50 billion
Active frontline personnel: 1,325,000
Tanks: 6,464
Total aircraft: 1,905
Submarines: 15

No. 4. Japan

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Japanese tanks and helicopters participate in a military-training exercise.Yuya Shino/REUTERS

Budget: $41.6 billion
Active frontline personnel: 247,173
Tanks: 678
Total aircraft: 1,613
Submarines: 16

No. 3. China

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A Chinese soldier takes part in a drill during heavy snow in Heihe, Heilongjiang Province Pic Credits: REUTERS/CDIC

Budget: $216 billion
Active frontline personnel: 2,333,000
Tanks: 9,150
Total aircraft: 2,860
Submarines: 67

No. 2. Russia

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Pic Credits: sputniknews

Russian soldiers on military armored-personnel carriers on a road near the Crimean port city of Sevastopol on March 10, 2014.REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Budget: $84.5 billion
Active frontline personnel: 766,055
Tanks: 15,398
Total aircraft: 3,429
Submarines: 55

No. 1. US

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Pic Credits: politico

The F-22 and F-35 flying together.USAF

Budget: $601 billion
Active frontline personnel: 1,400,000
Tanks: 8,848
Total aircraft: 13,892
Submarines: 72

 

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Via Business Insider

 

RANKED: The world’s 20 strongest militaries

F 22 and F 15A US F-22 flying alongside an F-15.US Air Force

 

Despite budget cuts and a reduction in size, the US has maintained its position as the world’s strongest military, according to a report on globalization from Credit Suisse.

While the US is still far and away the world’s top military superpower, Russia and China are its closest rivals. Canada, however, is the weakest of the 20 countries on the list.

Credit Suisse acknowledged the difficulties of determining comparative military strength in its report. To provide a benchmark, the report assigns weighted values for six variables before tabulating a final score.

The factors under consideration for military strength and their total weights are number of active personnel (5% of total score), tanks (10%), attack helicopters (15%), aircraft (20%), aircraft carriers (25%), and submarines (25%).

The ranking defines military might in purely quantitative terms and does not account for the actual quality of the arms and training that the militaries may have. As such, the placement of some countries on the list may come as a surprise.

The world’s 20 strongest militaries are below:

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No. 20. Canada

No. 20. Canada

A Canadian soldier on patrol in Afghanistan.MCpl. Angela Abbey/Canadian Forces Combat Camera

Budget: $15.7 billion
Active frontline personnel: 92,000
Tanks: 181
Total aircraft: 420
Submarines: 4

Canada ended up at the bottom of the list because of the country’s small number of active personnel, its lack of aircraft carriers and attack helicopters, and its small number of tanks and submarines. But Canada has still taken part in US operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and it is a member of the NATO military alliance.

Canada is also a partner in the US F-35 program, although it may decline the purchase of F-35s depending on the outcome of elections in October.

No. 19. Indonesia

No. 19. Indonesia

Indonesian soldiers arrive at Talang Betutu airport in Palembang to reinforce firefighter teams in south Sumatra Province on September 10, 2015.Beawiharta Beawiharta/REUTERS

Budget: $6.9 billion
Active frontline personnel: 476,000
Tanks: 468
Total aircraft: 405
Submarines: 2

The Indonesian military placed above Canada because of its high numbers of active personnel and relatively large number of tanks. The military, however, suffers from a lack of carriers and aircraft, as well as a small number of submarines.

No. 18. Germany

No. 18. Germany

German special forces.Fabian Bimmer/REUTERS

Budget: $40.2 billion
Active frontline personnel: 179,046
Tanks: 408
Total aircraft: 663
Submarines: 4

The German military ended up low on the list because of its lack of power-projection platforms. Germany does not have an aircraft carrier and has relatively few submarines, which, according to the Credit Suisse methodology, drops its ranking.

But Germany does have a fair number of attack helicopters. Recently, the country has started considering offering military support to Eastern European NATO members.

No. 17. Poland

No. 17. Poland

Polish servicemen take part in military exercises outside the town of Yavoriv near Lviv on September 19, 2014.Roman Baluk/Reuters

Budget: $9.4 billion
Active frontline personnel: 120,000
Tanks: 1,009
Total aircraft: 467
Submarines: 5

Poland edges out Germany in the list because of its larger number of tanks and a more fleshed-out submarine fleet. Poland has also drastically increased its military spending in reaction to Russia’s seizure of Crimea and the ongoing Ukraine crisis.

No. 16. Thailand

No. 16. Thailand

A Thai solider keeps guard from a military helicopter after arriving in southern Thailand’s Narathiwat Province on March 2, 2007.Surapan Boonthanom/REUTERS

Budget: $5.39 billion
Active frontline personnel: 306,000
Tanks: 722
Total aircraft: 573
Submarines: 0

Thailand’s military is currently in control of the country following a coup in May 2014. The military is a major player in maintaining Thai unity, and Thailand receives strong scores from Credit Suisse for its number of active personnel, its number of tanks, and its possession of an aircraft carrier.

Thailand also scores well as it has an aircraft carrier, although it does not have an aircraft fleet to complement the vessel.

No. 15. Australia

No. 15. Australia

An Australian army soldier with the 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment makes his way up a beach after landing in an amphibious assault vehicle from the USS Peleliu while participating in an assault exercise at Marine Corps Base Hawaii during the multinational military exercise RIMPAC in Kaneohe, Hawaii, on July 29, 2014.Hugh Gentry/REUTERS

Budget: $26.1 billion
Active frontline personnel: 58,000
Tanks: 59
Total aircraft: 408
Submarines: 6

Australia’s military is comparatively small — it receives bottom scores on the report for the number of active personnel and the number of tanks. It also receives near-bottom scores for the number of aircraft it has in its fleet.

Credit Suisse boosts Australia’s ranking because of its attack helicopters and submarines though.

No. 14. Israel

No. 14. Israel

Israeli soldiers secure the Israel-Lebanon border on January 28, 2015.Ariel Schalit/AP

Budget: $17 billion
Active frontline personnel: 160,000
Tanks: 4,170
Total aircraft: 684
Submarines: 5

In absolute terms, Israel has a small military. But with mandatory military service, a large percentage of the Israeli population is militarily ready. With a past history of being surrounded by aggressive neighbors, Israel also has a large tank, aircraft, and attack-helicopter fleet.

Israel also has qualitative military advantages. It has space assets, advanced fighter jets, high-tech armed drones, and nuclear weapons.

No. 13. Taiwan

No. 13. Taiwan

A trainee leopard-crawls along a 50-meter-long path of jagged coral and rocks as part of the Taiwan marines’ frogmen “Road to Heaven” test in Zuoying, Kaohsiung, on January 19, 2011. The test is the final stage of a nine-week intensive amphibious training program. Nicky Loh/REUTERS

Budget: $10.7 billion
Active frontline personnel: 290,000
Tanks: 2,005
Total aircraft: 804
Submarines: 4

Threatened by China, which continues to have plans for how to invade and retake the country, Taiwan has focused its military development on defensive plans. As such, the island has the fifth-highest number of attack helicopters on the list. It also has a fairly large fleet of aircraft and a number of tanks.

No. 12. Egypt

No. 12. Egypt

Armored personnel carriers and tanks in the Egyptian military.Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Budget: $4.4 billion
Active frontline personnel: 468,500
Tanks: 4,624
Total aircraft: 1,107
Submarines: 4

The Egyptian military is one of the oldest and largest armed forces in the Middle East. It receives substantial financial aid from the US and has the fifth-largest tank fleet in the world. It has over 1,000 M1A1 Abrams tanks, many of which sit in storage and have never been used.

Egypt also has a relatively large aircraft force.

No. 11. Pakistan

No. 11. Pakistan

Pakistani soldiers stand guard as people, who fled the military offensive against militants in North Waziristan, receive food supplies from the army in Bannu.Thomson Reuters

Budget: $7 billion
Active frontline personnel: 617,000
Tanks: 2,924
Total aircraft: 914
Submarines: 8

The Pakistani military is one of the largest forces in the world, in terms of active personnel. Credit Suisse also credits the country with having large tank, aircraft, and attack-helicopter fleets.

In addition, Pakistan is thought to be building nuclear weapons at a fast-enough rate that it could have the world’s third-largest nuclear arsenal within the following decade.

No. 10. Turkey

No. 10. Turkey

Turkish army tanks take up position on the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa Province on October 6, 2014.Umit Bektas/REUTERS

Budget: $18.2 billion
Active frontline personnel: 410,500
Tanks: 3,778
Total aircraft: 1,020
Submarines: 13

Turkey’s armed forces are one of the largest in the eastern Mediterranean. Although lacking an aircraft carrier, only five countries on Credit Suisse’s list have more submarines than Turkey.

In addition, the country can lay claim to an impressively large tank fleet as well as numerous aircraft and attack helicopters.

Turkey is also a committed member of the F-35 program.

No. 9. UK

No. 9. UK

British army Cpl. Birendra Limbu of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Gurkha Rifles shows his rifle to Afghan children as he secures an area near an Afghan National Police checkpoint outside the town of Lashkar Gah in Helmand Province on July 13, 2011.Shamil Zhumatov/REUTERS

Budget: $60.5 billion
Active frontline personnel: 146,980
Tanks: 407
Total aircraft: 936
Submarines: 10

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