Top 10 Military Powers in the World 2020

Battlefields are constantly evolving, leading countries around the world to pump hundreds of billions of dollars each year into their armed forces in a race to develop the most advanced training, technology and weaponry. As of 2020, Global Firepower, a website that tracks military strength, says the following 10 armies are the most powerful.

In this article of MAZHD, you will find out all about top 10 militaries in the world. We are gonna let you know who stayed on top, who switched spots and who got the boot from the elite top 10?

First, the rules: nations are not ranked solely on total number of weapons available, but rather on weapon diversity- in modern combined arms warfare, strong military must be able to meet threats on sea, air, land and even space simultaneously. A nation is also ranked according to its civilian sector: the state of its industry, access to natural resources, and the strength of its economy. Modern warfare is very expensive and a nation that can’t pay for it or supply its factories with needed materials, won’t last very long.

Lastly, available manpower is a key consideration, as larger nations will have more manpower available for conscription, or to fill roles needed in war-time industry. All these factors are calculated into a power index rating score, with a score of .0000 being perfect.

Brazil

At number 10 for 2020 is brazil. A nation of nearly 208 million people and available manpower pool of 107.7 million possible conscripts currently fit for service. Its total active military personnel numbers about 334 thousands with a further 1,3 million reservists who could be supplemented with 3.3 million Youths reaching military age in 2020.

It’s air force fields a total of 715 aircraft, with 43 Fighter aircraft, 78 attack aircraft and 12 Attack helicopters.

Of its 437 combat tanks, 346 of them are modern leopard 1A. The Brazilian navy fields 112 total hulls with only 6 Attack submarines, 2 corvettes and 7 frigates, the rest being support or light patrol/attack craft. Brazil holds a PwrIndx rating of 0.1988.

Egypt

At number 9 for 2020 is Egypt. A nation of nearly 99,4 million people and available manpower pool of 42.9 million possible conscripts currently fit for service. Its total active military personnel numbers about 920 thousand with a further 480 thousand reservists who could be supplemented with 1.5 million Youths reaching military age in 2020.

It’s air force fields a total of 1,052 aircraft, with 215 Fighter aircraft, 88 attack aircraft and 81 Attack helicopters.

Of its 4295 combat tanks, 346 of them are modern leopard 1A. The Egyptian navy fields 316 total hulls with only 8 Attack submarines, 7 corvettes and 7 frigates, the rest being support or light patrol/attack craft. Egypt holds a PwrIndx rating of 0.1872.

United Kingdom

At number 8 for 2020 is United Kindom. A nation of nearly 65,1 million people and available manpower pool of 29.9 million possible conscripts currently fit for service. Its total active military personnel numbers about 192,660 with a further 83 thousand reservists who could be supplemented with 745 thousand Youths reaching military age in 2020.

It’s air force fields a total of 733 aircraft, with 133 Fighter aircraft, 15 attack aircraft and 49 Attack helicopters.

The United Kingdom has 20 combat tanks and 5 thousand armored vehicles. It’s navy fields 88 total hulls with only 10 Attack submarines, 0 corvettes and 13 frigates, the rest being support or light patrol/attack craft. The United Kingdom holds a PwrIndx rating of 0.1717.

France

At number 7 for 2020 is France. A nation of nearly 67 million people and available manpower pool of 30 million possible conscripts currently fit for service. Its total active military personnel numbers about 268 thousand with a further 183 thousand reservists who could be supplemented with 776 thousand Youths reaching military age in 2020.

It’s air force fields a total of 1229 aircraft, with 269 Fighter aircraft, 589 helicopters and 62 Attack helicopters.

France has 528 tanks and 6028 armored vehicles. It’s navy fields 180 total hulls with only 9 submarines and 11 frigates, the rest being support or light patrol/attack craft. Brazil holds a PwrIndx rating of 0.1702.

South Korea

At number 6 on our list is South Korea. A nation of nearly 51,4 million people and available manpower pool of 25,7 million possible conscripts currently fit for service. Its total active military personnel numbers about 580 thousands with a further 3,1 million reservists who could be supplemented with 632 thousand Youths reaching military age in 2020.

It’s air force fields a total of 1649 aircraft, with 414 Fighter aircraft, 71 attack aircraft and 112 Attack helicopters.

South Korea has 2614 tanks and 14 thousand armored vehicles. It’s navy fields 234 total hulls with only 22 Attack submarines, 12 corvettes and 18 frigates, the rest being support or light patrol/attack craft. South Korea holds a PwrIndx rating of 0.1509.

Japan

Japan ranks fifth on this list. with an estimated active military personnel of 247,160, this Asian country only has a fraction of the headcount that volatile neighbor North Korea has, but makes up for it with its updated weaponry.

Japan has 152 special mission aircraft – more than any country in the world other than the U.S., according to Global Firepower’s statistics – and a formidable Navy fleet that contains 40 destroyers.

It also has 3,130 armored vehicles, 1,004 tanks and 119 attack helicopters. Japan is estimated to spend $47 billion on its armed forces in 2020. It holds a PwrIndx rating of 0.1501.

India

India, which has been engaged in a prolonged territorial conflict with nearby Pakistan over the Kashmir region, ranks forth on this list. It has an estimated 1,444,000 people actively serving in its armed forces.

Global Firepower says the developing nation is amongst the world’s leaders in the number of tanks (4,292), towed artillery (4,060) and fighter aircraft (538).

India is estimated to spend $61 billion on its military this year. It holds a PwrIndx rating of 0.0953.

China

China, the most powerful country in Asia and a growing adversary to the U.S., ranks third on this list.

The communist superpower has estimated active personnel of 2,183,000 – the largest in the world. China has been building out its Navy in recent years while engaging in territorial disputes across the South China Sea. Today, they have 74 submarines, 52 frigates and 36 destroyers, Global Firepower says. On land, China has 33,000 armored vehicles and 3,500 tanks. Their Air Force has amassed 1,232 fighter aircraft and 281 attack helicopters.

China is estimated to spend $237 billion on its armed forces in 2020. China holds a PwrIndx rating of 0.0691.

Russia

Russia, whose military has become involved in Syria and Ukraine in recent years, ranks second on this list. It has the most tanks of any country in the world which is 12,950, more than double what the U.S. has, according to Global Firepower’s statistics.

Its estimated 1,013,628 active personnel, on land, are in charge of commanding 27,038 armored vehicles, 6,083 units of self-propelled artillery and 3,860 rocket projectors. In the skies, Russia’s air force has 873 fighter aircraft and 531 attack helicopters. In water, they have 62 submarines and 48 mine warfare ships.

Russia is estimated to spend $48 billion on its military this year. Russia holds a PwrIndx rating of 0.0681.

United States

In what shouldn’t be a surprise, the U.S. “retains its top spot as the undisputed military power in the world according to Global Firepower.

America has more air units than any other country on Earth, with 2,085 fighters, 967 attack helicopters, 945 transports and 742 special mission aircraft. The U.S. also leads the world with 39,253 armored vehicles, 91 Navy destroyers, and 20 aircraft carriers. It has an estimated 1,400,000 active personnel.

Washington has allocated $750 billion to the U.S. military budget in 2020. America holds a PwrIndx rating of 0.0606.

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