When it comes to military power, every country wants to pride itself as the best. It shows might and readiness to defend oneself in a world where terrorism is so rampant. But of course military strength has to factor in the war-making capability across land, sea or air. Also, the ranking considers resource-base, geography and finances so as to deliver a visible Power Index. The following is a list of top 10 powerful military countries in the world.
As the dispute with its counter-part China continues, Japan had no option but to increase its military spending for the first time after 11 years. It has also started to expand its military after relaxing for over 40 years. Some of its latest changes include placing a new military base on its outer islands.
Japan’s defense budget is $49.1 billion, comfortably taking the sixth position. The level of equipment in the military is also admirable. At the moment it has 247,000 active personnel, 1,595 aircraft, 131 ships and prides in having the world’s fifth largest air force.
- South Korea
Korea was forced to up its military budget due to the contention between Japan and China. It now spends $34 billion on defense.
Considering its small size, one can only conclude that South Korea has a relatively large military force. It has 640,000 active personnel with an additional 2,900,000 personnel in the reserves. Apart from that, the country also brags of 2,346 tanks and 1,393 aircraft. Its military routinely trains with the United States force.
Probably by now you have already heard of the attempted coup in Turkey. That is not the first by the way. But even as the country faces that, its military still ranks high in the world. The ongoing conflict in Syria and possible clashes with the Kurdish separatist organization, the PKK, were key reasons for the $18.2 billion defense budget.
The country is a member of NATO and its soldiers have been involved in a number of world initiatives. For instance, they have gone to Afghanistan for peacekeeping. Also, Turkey has an admirable military force in Northern Cyprus.
Are you surprised? Well, Germany’s military power is a contradiction of its economic position in the world. Germany is the 8th military spender in the world, with a defense budget of $45 billion.
After the World War II outcome, the German citizens seem to be reluctant when it comes to war. Currently, it only has 183,000 active frontline personnel with an additional 145,000 members in the reserves. In 2011, the country abolished mandatory service so that it can established a professional army.
France has been on the receiving end when it comes to terrorist attacks. But the country’s military is well respected in the world. The country spends $43 billion a year on defense, which is 1.9% of its GDP, below the spending target set by NATO for member countries.
- The United Kingdom
Britain has voted to leave the European Union, but don’t be deceived its Northern Waters will become insecure. The UK has the ability to project its power all over the world. Its 5th position is aided by the superior training and equipment.
It is estimated that military spending in India will shoot up. At the moment, the country only spends $46 billion on its budget, and it is slated to become the fourth highest spender by 2020.
The country is proud of its ballistic missiles with a range capable of hitting all of Pakistan or most of China. It continues to expand its military strength due to the conflict with Pakistan.
China’s latest policies have been relentlessly targeted at establishing a massive military. The country’s defense budget is $126 billion. The military size has active frontline personnel of 2,285,000 with an additional 2,300,000 in the reserves.
Historically, China is known for having successfully stolen sensitive military technology, the most recent being the sensitive F-35.
The Soviet Union collapsed about two decades ago but the military is on the rise once again. The Kremlin’s military spending has increased by almost a third since 2008 and still projects a 44% growth in the coming years.
Russia has a military budget of $76.6 billion.
At the moment, Russia has 766,000 active frontline as well as 2,485,000 personnel in the reserves.
- The United States
The USA has the largest expenditure on defense, with a massive $612 billion budget. Actually, its expenditure is larger than all the other top 9 countries combined.
America has 19 aircraft carriers which make it possible for the US to set up forward operating bases anywhere and project power throughout the world. The super power also prides in having the top notch military technology such as the Navy’s new rail gun.