Nations of the world are mostly ranked according to the degree of military power they control. A country is said to have military power and strength if such a country/nation can in every way oversee her affairs without external influence. Being able to do so shows the total sovereignty of such a nation.
This is a list of how the countries of the world rank, by the order of their military power starting from the most powerful to the least powerful.
1. United States of America
The United States Armed Forces are the military forces of the United States of America. It consists of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. The President of the United States is the commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. It has the total personnel of 1,373,650 which include reserve personnel of 990,025, active personnel of 798,527, and a total population of 0.7299%. It also has 19 aircraft carriers, total tanks of 5,884, total aircraft of 13,762, and total navy assets of 415.
The Russian Armed Forces are the military forces of the Russian Federation, established after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces is the President of Russia. The Russian Armed Forces are one of the world’s largest military forces. It is also the world’s second most powerful military and the world’s second-largest arms exporter.
The country is home to the largest stockpile of nuclear weapons with about 7,000 nuclear warheads. It has Russian’s S-400 anti-aircraft weapon which is widely known for its range and accuracy, also it has its budget at 66.3 billion USD, total personnel of 3,371,027, 1 aircraft carrier, total tanks of 20,216, total aircraft of 3,794.
China has the largest military in the world and has a navy composed of hundreds of commissioned ships and aircraft and over 200,000 active personnel. China also possesses nuclear weapons and has one of the biggest military budgets in the world.
The Indian Armed Forces are the military forces of the Republic of India. It consists of three professional uniformed services: the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air Force. Additionally, the Indian Armed Forces are supported by the Indian Coast Guard and paramilitary organizations (Assam Rifles, and Special Frontier Force) and various inter-service commands and institutions such as the Strategic Forces Command, the Andaman and Nicobar Command and the Integrated Defence Staff. The President of India is the Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces. It has a budget of $51 billion, total naval assets of 295, total personnel of 4,207,250, total tanks of 4,426, 1 aircraft carrier, and total aircraft of 2,102.
The French Armed Forces encompass the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the National Guard, and the Gendarmerie of the French Republic. The President of France heads the armed forces as chef des armées. It is an official nuclear-weapon state and fields one of the most capable militaries in the world. It has four Aircraft carriers and ten submarines.
6. United kingdom
The British Armed Forces, also known as Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, are the military services responsible for the defense of the United Kingdom, its overseas territories, and the Crown dependencies. They also promote Britain’s wider interests, support international peacekeeping efforts, and provide humanitarian aid.
The UK is an official nuclear-weapon state and is a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It has one of the best navies in the world as well as one of the most capable foreign intelligence agencies, the Secret Intelligence Service, commonly known as MI6.
7. South Korea
The Republic of Korea Armed Forces, also known as the ROK Armed Forces, are the armed forces of South Korea. It has 1 aircraft carrier, 2,654 total tanks, 1,477 total aircraft, and 166 total assets.
The Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF), also referred to as the Self-Defense Forces (SDF), Japan Defense Forces (JDF), or the Japanese Armed Forces, are the unified military forces of Japan that were established in 1954 and are controlled by the Ministry of Defense.
The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) are the military forces of the Republic of Turkey. They consist of the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force. The Gendarmerie and the Coast Guard, both of which have law enforcement and military functions, operate as components of the internal security forces in peacetime and are subordinate to the Ministry of Interior. In wartime, they are subordinate to the Army and Navy. The President of Turkey is the military’s overall head.
The German Army is the land component of the armed forces of Germany. It has total aircraft of 698, 81 naval assets, and 543 total tanks.
The Italian Armed Forces encompass the Italian Army, the Italian Navy, and the Italian Air Force. F-35 and Eurofighter Typhoon in air arsenal are the two weapons that have made Italy to be reckoned as one of the world’s powerful military power.
The Egyptian Armed Forces are the state military organization responsible for the defense of Egypt. They consist of the Egyptian Army, Egyptian Navy, Egyptian Air Force, and Egyptian Air Defense Command. It has F-16 which has been considered as a better jet to be added to the air arsenal globally and a total of 228 jets.
The Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran include the Army (Artesh), the Revolutionary Guard Corps (Sepāh), and the Law Enforcement Force (Police).
The Brazilian Armed Forces is the unified military organization comprising the Brazilian Army (including the Brazilian Army Aviation ), the Brazilian Navy (including the Brazilian Marine Corps and Brazilian Naval Aviation), and the Brazilian Air Force.
The Indonesian National Armed Forces are the military forces of the Republic of Indonesia. It consists of the Army (TNI-AD), Navy (TNI-AL), and Air Force (TNI-AU). The President of Indonesia is the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) commonly known in Israel by the Hebrew acronym Tzahal, are the military forces of the State of Israel. They consist of the ground forces, air force, and navy. It is the sole military wing of the Israeli security forces. Israel has one of the most powerful militaries in the world.
The Pakistan Armed Forces are the military forces of Pakistan. The armed forces comprise three main service branches—Army, Navy, and Air Force—together with a number of paramilitary forces and the Strategic Plans Division Force.
18. North Korea
The Korean People’s Army is an institution of the Workers’ Party of Korea and constitutes the de facto military forces of North Korea. North Korea has 115 fleets of F-16 jets and tanks.
The Spanish Armed Forces are in charge of guaranteeing the sovereignty and independence of Spain, defender of its territorial integrity and the constitutional order, according to the functions entrusted in the Constitution of 1978. They include the Army, the Air Force, the Spanish Armada, the Royal Guard, and the Military Emergency Unit, as well as the so-called Common Corps.
The People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN), also known as the Vietnamese People’s Army (VPA), is the military force of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The PAVN is a part of the Vietnam People’s Armed Forces and comprises Ground Force (including Strategic Rear Forces), Navy, Air Force, Border Defence Force, and Coast Guard. Vietnam’s possession of 5,488,500 as of its total personnel, 65 naval assets, 1,545 total tanks, and 278 total aircraft.