Rating of the most powerful armies in the world

A powerful and efficient army is the guarantee of the country's considerable weight in the international arena. Moreover, due to the well-known events in Syria and Ukraine, the military power of different countries is increasingly being paid the closest attention. Many people ask themselves: "Who will win the World War?"

Today we present an annually updated, official rating of the armies of the world , the list of which includes the world's strongest armies in 2017.

Top-10 is compiled according to the specialized resource Globalfirepower.

At compilation of the rating for comparison are:

  • number of armies of the world( regular troops, reservists)
  • armament( airplanes, helicopters, tanks, fleet, artillery, other equipment)
  • military budget,
  • resources, geographic location,
  • logistics.

The nuclear potential is not taken into account by experts, but recognized nuclear powers gain an advantage in ranking.

By the way, the weakest army in the world in 2017, San Marino - only 80 people.

This rating is updated annually in April.


10. South Korea

  • 9. Germany
  • 8. Turkey
  • 7. Japan
  • 6. United Kingdom
  • 5. France
  • 4. India
  • 3. China
  • 2. Russia
  • 1. United States
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  • 10. South Korea

    The Korean army is the third in Asia in strength - 630 thousand military. The country has a very high rate of military personnel per thousand inhabitants - 14.2 people. The defense budget of Korea is $ 33.7 billion.

    9. Germany

    The country's military budget is $ 45 billion. The number of the German armed forces is 186,500.The army of Germany is completely professional, i.e. There is no compulsory call in the country since 2011.

    8. Turkey

    The Turkish army is the best in the Middle East. The strength of the country's armed forces is 510,000 people. The military budget of Turkey is $ 18 billion. There are just over 7 military personnel per 1,000 inhabitants.

    7. Japan

    The Japanese army is opening our list of the best. The efficient army has 247,000 troops. With such a large number of armed forces, the country simply has a huge defense budget of $ 49 billion.

    6. United Kingdom

    The country's military budget is $ 53 billion. The number of British military forces is 188,000 military - this is the smallest army in the ranking. But the Royal Navy of Britain is the second in the world in terms of tonnage.

    5. France

    Opens the list of the world's 5 most powerful armies. The country's military budget is $ 43 billion. The French armed forces are 222,000 strong. The pledge of the fighting capacity of this army - the presence in it of a full range of weapons of its own production from warships to helicopters and small arms.

    4. India

    The country's military budget is $ 46 billion. The number of Indian armed forces is 1,346,000, the country's army is the third largest in the world.

    3. China

    The most numerous in the ranking of the armies of the world - is the Chinese army, numbering 2,333,000 troops. Wikipedia testifies that there are 1.71 military personnel per 1000 inhabitants of the Middle Kingdom. China's military budget is $ 126 billion

    2. Russia

    The Russian armed forces outstrip virtually all the armies of the countries of the world in terms of their armament capacity in all arms, air, land and sea. The number of the Russian army in 2017 is 798,000.The military budget is $ 76 billion. Among the superpowers, Russia has a very high number of military personnel per 1,000 inhabitants - 5.3 people.

    1. United States

    The strongest army in the world , according to Globalfirepower, American. By the way, it is not the largest in number, but the most powerful in terms of available weapons, including nuclear potential not taken into account by experts. The number of the US Army is 1,492,200, and the defense budget is $ 612 billion.

    Armies of the World Comparison Table( Infographics)

    No matter how armed the army is, the morale of the soldiers will be important for winning the world war. In this regard, to consider the current distribution of seats as absolutely correct is a great misconception.