Top Ten Most Powerful Countries In the World

Almost every country has its military to protect itself from outer threats. The strength of the military is usually measured by the fact that how much weapons they have. In this list, we will not be talking about Nuclear Weapons. The list is based on the number of aircraft, tanks, ships, military personnel etc a country have. The list is not based on how much their military is capable, so please don't get the wrong idea. This list is solely based on the number of weapons and their quality. So without any further delay, let's get started with the Top Ten Most Powerful Countries In The World.


Context

  • Top Ten Most Powerful Countries
      • Germany
      • Turkey
      • The United Kingdom
      • South Korea
      • Japan
      • France
      • India
      • China
      • Russia
      • USA
  • Conclusion


Top Ten Most Powerful Countries


10. Germany

Top Ten Most Powerful Countries In the World

At number 10th most powerful country with over 178,641 active military personnel is; Germany. Currently, Germany spends around $54.75 billion to finance its Armed Forces that make its 1.38% of GDP. Now coming to the land equipment of Germany forces, Germany has 900 total combat tanks, it has 8389 are armoured fighting vehicles, 209 self-propelled artillery and 38 rocket projectors. Now coming to the air power of Germany, the Germany forces have more than 613 aircraft which include 122 fighter aircraft, 172 attack aircraft, 72 transporters and 75 trainers. Germany has the total number of 313 helicopters from which 65 are attack helicopters. Now talk about Naval Strength, the Navy of Germany at present has 81 total ships. Its naval fleet at present includes 10 frigates, 5 corvettes, 6 submarines and 12 mine warfares.

General

  • Active Personnel: 178,641
  • Budget: $54.75 billion

Land Power

  • Combat Tanks: 900
  • Fighting Vehicles: 8389
  • Self-propelled Artillery: 209
  • Rocket Projectors: 38

AirPower

  • Fighter Aircraft: 122
  • Attack Aircraft: 172
  • Transporter: 72
  • Trainers: 75
  • Total Helicopters: 313

Naval Power

  • Aircraft Carrier: 0
  • Destroyers: 0
  • Frigates: 10
  • Corvettes: 5
  • Submarines: 6
  • Mine Warfares: 12



9. Turkey

Top Ten Most Powerful Countries In the World

Moving on to number 9, we have turkey. At present, the Turkish Armed Forces have over 355,000 active military personnel, and it spends around $19 billion on its military. Now coming to the land power of Turkey, the Turkish Armed Forces at present has around 3200 main combat tanks, over 9,500 armoured fighting vehicles, over 1,120 self-propelled artillery, 350 plus multi-launch rocket system and 1272 Towed artillery. Airpower of the Turkish Armed Forces currently contains around 1,067 aircraft of which around 207 are fighter jets, over 207 are attack aircraft, 87 transporters and 289 trainers. Turkey has a total number of 492 helicopters from which 94 are attack helicopters. Let's talk about the naval power of the Turkish Navy. The Turkish Navy presently has around 194* total ships in commission. Its naval fleet currently includes 16 frigates, 10 Corvettes, 12 submarines, and 11 mine warfares.

General

  • Active Personnel: 355,000
  • Budget: $19 billion

Land Power

  • Combat Tanks: 3200
  • Fighting Vehicles:  9,500
  • Self-propelled Artillery: 1,120
  • Rocket Projectors: 350

AirPower

  • Fighter Aircraft: 207
  • Attack Aircraft: 207
  • Transporter: 87
  • Trainers: 289
  • Total Helicopters: 492

Naval Power

  • Aircraft Carrier: 0
  • Destroyers: 0
  • Frigates: 16
  • Corvettes: 10
  • Submarines: 12
  • Mine Warfares: 11



8. United Kingdom

Most Powerful Countries In the World

At number 8, we have the United Kingdom as the 8th most powerful country in the world in 2020. The UK has 150,000 active military personnel. The UK at present spends around $50 billion for its military. Coming to the land equipment of the British Army, the British Army at present has 331 combat tanks, over 4607 armoured fighting vehicles, 89 self-propelled artillery and 35 multi launched rocket system. Talking about airpower of the UK, The UK Armed Forces at present has 129 fighter aircraft, 150 attack fighter jets, 46 transporters and 307 plus trainers. The UK has the total number of 319 helicopters from which 49 are attack helicopters. The UK's Navy has 76 ships in its present fleet including 1 aircraft carrier, 6 destroyers, 13 frigates, 10 nuclear-powered submarines, and 13 mine warfares.

General

  • Active Personnel: 150,000
  • Budget: $50 billion

Land Power

  • Combat Tanks: 331
  • Fighting Vehicles: 4607
  • Self-propelled Artillery: 89
  • Rocket Projectors: 35

AirPower

  • Fighter Aircraft: 129
  • Attack Aircraft: 150
  • Transporter: 46
  • Trainers: 307
  • Total Helicopters: 319

Naval Power

  • Aircraft Carrier: 1
  • Destroyers: 6
  • Frigates: 13
  • Corvettes: 0
  • Submarines: 10
  • Mine Warfares: 13



7. South Korea

Most Powerful Countries In the World

At Number 7th spot the most powerful country is South Korea. The Republic of Korea at present has over 625,000 active military personnel and spends nearly $43 billion on its military. The land power of the Republic of Korea Armed Forces at present is that the army maintains over 2654 main combat tanks, 2,870 armoured fighting vehicles, 3,854 self-propelled artillery and 215 multi launched rocket system. Now coming to the air power of the Republic of Korea Armed Forces, the Republic of Korea Armed Forces at present has around 1600 total aircraft out of which are fighter jets, 466 are attack aircraft, 40 are transporters and it has 301 trainers. South Korea has a total number of 777 helicopters that includes 112 attack helicopters. South Korean navy at present has around 166 ships in commission. It's Naval fleet currently includes 1 aircraft carrier, 12 destroyers, 13 frigates, 13 Corvettes 16 submarines, and 11 mine warfares.

General

  • Active Personnel: 625,000
  • Budget: $43 billion

Land Power

  • Combat Tanks: 2654
  • Fighting Vehicles: 2,870
  • Self-propelled Artillery: 3,854
  • Rocket Projectors: 215

AirPower

  • Fighter Aircraft: 406
  • Attack Aircraft: 466
  • Transporter: 40
  • Trainers: 301
  • Total Helicopters: 777

Naval Power

  • Aircraft Carrier: 1
  • Destroyers: 12
  • Frigates: 13
  • Corvettes: 13
  • Submarines: 16
  • Mine Warfares: 11



6. Japan

Powerful Countries In the World

At number 6th position we have Japan. At present, the Japanese forces have a total of over 247,157 active military personnel and have the defence budget of around $47 billion. Japan Ground self-defence force at present has over 1,004 main battle tanks, over 3072 armoured fighting vehicles, 202 plus self-propelled artillery and 99 rocket projectors. Talking about the airpower of Japan's self-defence force, the Japanese self-defence force at present has over 1,572 total aircraft out of which 297 are fighter jets, 297 are attack aircraft, 41 transporters and 118 trainers. Japan has a total number of 636 helicopters that includes 119 attack helicopters. The Naval strength of japan the Japanese navy at present operates around 131 ships, and it is one of the strongest navies in the world. The Japanese naval fleet currently consists of 4 aircraft carriers, 37 destroyers, 0 frigates, 6 Corvettes, 18 submarines and 25 mine warfare.

General

  • Active Personnel: 247,157
  • Budget: $47 billion

Land Power

  • Combat Tanks: 1,004
  • Fighting Vehicles: 3072
  • Self-propelled Artillery: 202
  • Rocket Projectors: 99

AirPower

  • Fighter Aircraft: 297
  • Attack Aircraft: 297
  • Transporter: 41
  • Trainers: 118
  • Total Helicopters: 636

Naval Power

  • Aircraft Carrier: 4
  • Destroyers: 37
  • Frigates: 0
  • Corvettes: 6
  • Submarines: 18
  • Mine Warfares: 25



5. France

Powerful Countries In the World

With over 205,000 active military personnel, we have France as the 5th most powerful country in the world. The French Armed Forces have the fifth largest defence budget with $63.8 billion. The French Armed Forces at present have 406 main battle tanks, over 6,300 armoured fighting vehicles, 109 plus self-propelled artillery, 12 multi launched rockets and 152 towed artillery. French Armed Forces currently have a total of 1248 aircraft of which 273 are fighter jets, 273 attack jets, 128 transporters and 256 trainers. France also has a total number of 566 helicopters that includes 56 attack helicopters. At the moment naval strength the French Navy currently operates around 118 ships and is the only naval force in the world besides the USA to operate a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Its naval fleet at present includes 4 aircraft carries, 12 destroyers, 11 frigates, 10 nuclear-powered submarines, and 17 mine warfares.

General

  • Active Personnel: 205,000
  • Budget: $63.8 billion

Land Power

  • Combat Tanks: 406
  • Fighting Vehicles: 6,300
  • Self-propelled Artillery: 109
  • Rocket Projectors: 12

AirPower

  • Fighter Aircraft: 273
  • Attack Aircraft: 273
  • Transporter: 128
  • Trainers: 256
  • Total Helicopters: 566

Naval Power

  • Aircraft Carrier: 4
  • Destroyers: 12
  • Frigates: 11
  • Corvettes: 0
  • Submarines: 10
  • Mine Warfares: 17



4. India

 Most Powerful Countries

The number for the most powerful country is India. As of the present, the Indian Armed Forces has a total of around 1.32 million active military personnel which is the second largest in the world. The defence budget of the Indian Armed Forces amounts to a total of around $67 billion and is ranked fourth-largest in the world. Coming to land power, the Indian Army has over 4,180 combat tanks, over 2,815 armoured fighting vehicles, around 200 self-propelled artillery, 266 rockets projectors. Coming to the airt power of Indian Armed Forces, the Indian Armed Forces has a total of 2,082 plus aircraft out of which around 520 are fighter jets, over 694 are attack jets, 248 transporters and 364 trainers. There are also 692 helicopters in Indian Armed Forces. The Indian Navy currently operates over 295 ships. Its naval fleet at present includes 1 aircraft carrier, 11 destroyers, 22 Corvettes, 13 frigates, 16 submarines and 1 mine warfare.

General

  • Active Personnel: 1.32 million
  • Budget: $67 billion

Land Power

  • Combat Tanks: 4,180
  • Fighting Vehicles: 2,815
  • Self-propelled Artillery: 200
  • Rocket Projectors: 266

AirPower

  • Fighter Aircraft: 520
  • Attack Aircraft: 694
  • Transporter: 248
  • Trainers: 364
  • Total Helicopters: 692

Naval Power

  • Aircraft Carrier: 1
  • Destroyers: 11
  • Frigates: 13
  • Corvettes: 22
  • Submarines: 16
  • Mine Warfares: 1



3. China

 Most Powerful Countries

Number three is China. As of today, the Chinese People's Liberation Army or PLA has the largest military in the world with a total of 2.18 million active military personnel with a defence budget of the total of $178 billion and is the second-largest in the world. Coming to land power, the PLA Ground Force has a total of around 13,050 main combat tanks, over 40,000 armoured fighting vehicles, 4,000 self-propelled artillery and 2,050 multi launched rocket system. Now coming to the airpower, the Chinese People's Liberation Army PLA has around 3,187 total aircraft out of which 1,222 are fighter jets, 1,564 are attack jets, 193 transporters and 368 trainers. China also has 1004 helicopters with various categories. Now coming to naval power, the PLA has a total of over 714 ships that includes 2 aircraft carrier, 33 destroyers, 42 Corvettes, 52 frigates, 76 submarines and 33 mine warfare.

General

  • Active Personnel: 2.18 million
  • Budget: $178 billion

Land Power

  • Combat Tanks: 13,050
  • Fighting Vehicles: 40,000
  • Self-propelled Artillery: 4,000
  • Rocket Projectors: 2,050

AirPower

  • Fighter Aircraft: 1,222
  • Attack Aircraft: 1,564
  • Transporter: 193
  • Trainers: 368
  • Total Helicopters: 1004

Naval Power

  • Aircraft Carrier: 2
  • Destroyers: 33
  • Frigates: 52
  • Corvettes: 42
  • Submarines: 76
  • Mine Warfares: 33



2. Russia

Top Ten Most Powerful Countries

Number two most powerful country is Russia. The Russian Armed Forces have around 1 million active military personnel. Russia is the second-largest exporter of arms next to the USA and spends around $60 1.4 on its military. Now coming to the land power of Russian Armed Forces, the Russian forces have around 22,000 main battle tanks, 50,000 armoured fighting vehicles, over 6,083 self-propelled artillery and 3860 rocket projectors. The Russian Armed Forces at present have around 4078 aircraft of which 869 plus are fighter jets, 1459 are attack jets, 401 are transporters and 494 are trainers. There are a total number of 1485 helicopters in Russian army also. Now Russian Naval power, the Russian Navy currently has around 352 naval ships that include one aircraft carrier, 13 destroyers, 13 frigates, 82 Corvettes, 56 submarines and 47 mine warfares.

General

  • Active Personnel: 1 million
  • Budget: $60 1.4 billion

Land Power

  • Combat Tanks: 22,000
  • Fighting Vehicles: 50,000
  • Self-propelled Artillery: 6,083
  • Rocket Projectors: 3860

AirPower

  • Fighter Aircraft: 869
  • Attack Aircraft: 1459
  • Transporter: 401
  • Trainers: 494
  • Total Helicopters: 1485

Naval Power

  • Aircraft Carrier: 1
  • Destroyers: 13
  • Frigates: 13
  • Corvettes: 82
  • Submarines: 56
  • Mine Warfares: 47



1. The United States of America

Top Ten Most Powerful Countries

Number one is the USA. At present the United States Armed Forces have a total of around 1.2 million active military personnel which is the third-largest in the world and have troops deployed all around the globe. Coming to the defence budget, the United States has the world's largest military the budget of $693 billion. Now coming to land power, the United States Army has a total of nearly 6287 main battle tanks, 39,223 armoured fighting vehicles. 992 plus self-propelled artillery, 1,056 multi-launch rocket systems. As for airpower, the US Armed Forces has a total of around 13,398 aircraft of which over 2,262 are fighter jets, 2831 attack jets, 1153 transporters and 2853 trainers and the total number of 5760 helicopters are also included in the US army. As for the naval strength, the US Armed Forces has a total of 415 assets that includes 24 aircraft carriers, 68 destroyers, 15 Corvettes, 22 frigates, 68 plus nuclear-powered submarines and 11 mine warfares.

General

  • Active Personnel: 1.2 million
  • Budget: $693 billion

Land Power

  • Combat Tanks: 6287
  • Fighting Vehicles: 39,223
  • Self-propelled Artillery: 992
  • Rocket Projectors: 1,056

AirPower

  • Fighter Aircraft: 2,262
  • Attack Aircraft: 2831
  • Transporter: 1153
  • Trainers: 2853
  • Total Helicopters: 5760

Naval Power

  • Aircraft Carrier: 24
  • Destroyers: 68
  • Frigates: 22
  • Corvettes: 15
  • Submarines: 68
  • Mine Warfares: 11



Conclusion

All data is collected from the Global Fire Power website. The ranking is not just based on the number of weapons but also the diversity of weapons. The number of weapons can differ from the actual number of weapons. Information provided above isn't 100% accurate.


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