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The World’s Most Powerful Militaries In 2018

The US Military has been recognized as the most powerful in the world for 2018, according to Global Firepower, while Russia and China placed second and third, respectively. India, France, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Japan, Turkey, and Germany rounded out the top ten most powerful militaries in the world for 2018.

The ranking’s algorithms looked at 55 factors, including such “bonuses” as belonging to NATO, proven or suspected possession of nuclear weapons, geography, financial health, logistical capabilities, industrial capacity, and natural resources, and their global status – First, Second, or Third World.

These are the top 10 most powerful militaries in the world:

  1. United States
    Power Index rating: 0.0857
    Total population: 323,995,528
    Total military personnel: 2,363,675
    Total aircraft: 13,762
    Fighter aircraft: 2,296
    Combat tanks: 5,884
    Total naval assets: 415 (19 aircraft carriers)
    Defense budget: $587.8 billion
  2. Russia
    Power Index rating: 0.0929
    Total population: 142,355,415
    Total military personnel: 3,371,027
    Total aircraft strength: 3,794
    Fighter aircraft: 806
    Combat tanks: 20,216
    Total naval assets: 352 (one aircraft carrier)
    Defense budget: $44.6 billion
  3. China
    Power Index rating: 0.0945
    Total population: 1,373,541,278
    Total military personnel: 3,712,500
    Total aircraft strength: 2,955
    Fighter aircraft: 1,271
    Combat tanks: 6,457
    Total naval assets: 714 (one aircraft carrier)
    Defense budget: $161.7 billion
  4. India
    Power Index rating: 0.1593
    Total population: 1,266,883,598
    Total military personnel: 4,207,250
    Total aircraft strength: 2,102
    Fighter aircraft: 676
    Combat tanks: 4,426
    Total naval assets: 295 (three aircraft carriers)
    Defense budget: $51 billion
  5. France
    Power Index rating: 0.1914
    Total population: 66,836,154
    Total military personnel: 387,635
    Total aicraft strength: 1,305
    Fighter aircraft 296
    Combat tanks: 406
    Total naval assets: 118 (four aircraft carriers)
    Defense budget: $35 billion
  6. United Kingdom
    Power Index rating: 0.2131
    Total population: 64,430,428
    Total military personnel: 232,675
    Total aircraft strength: 856
    Fighter aircraft: 88
    Combat tanks 249
    Total naval assets: 76 (two aircraft carriers)
    Defense budget: $45.7 billion
  7. Japan
    Power Index rating: 0.2137
    Total population: 126,702,133
    Total military personnel: 311,875
    Total aircraft strength: 1,594
    Fighter aircraft: 288
    Combat tanks: 700
    Total naval assets: 131 (four aircraft carriers)
    Defense budget: $43.8 billion
  8. Turkey
    Power Index rating: 0.2491
    Total population: 80,274,604
    Total military personnel: 743,415
    Total aircraft strength: 1,018
    Fighter aircraft: 207
    Combat tanks: 2,445
    Total naval assets: 194
    Defense budget: $8.2 billion
  9. Germany
    Power Index rating: 0.2609
    Total population: 80,722,792
    Total military personnel: 210,000
    Total aircraft strength: 698
    Fighter aircraft: 92
    Combat tanks: 543
    Total naval assets: 81
    Defense budget: $39.2 billion
  10. Egypt
    Power Index rating: 0.2676
    Total population: 94,666,993
    Total military personnel: 1,329,250
    Total aircraft strength: 1,132
    Fighter aircraft: 337
    Combat tanks: 4,110
    Total naval assets: 319 (two aircraft carriers)
    Defense budget: $4.4 billion

These are the most powerful militaries in the world:

RankCountry
1United States
2Russia
3China
4India
5France
6United Kingdom
7South Korea
8Japan
9Turkey
10Germany
11Italy
12Iran
13Egypt
14Brazil
15Indonesia
16Israel
17Pakistan
18North Korea
19Spain
20Vietnam
21Australia
22Poland
23Algeria
24Taiwan
25Canada
26Saudi Arabia
27Thailand
28Greece
29Ukraine
30Czech Republic
31Sweden
32Mexico
33South Africa
34Switzerland
35Myanmar
36Norway
37Argentina
38Netherlands
39Uzbekistan
40Romania
41Belarus
42Peru
43Nigeria
44Malaysia
45Colombia
46Venezuela
47Iraq
48Angola
49Syria
50Kazakhstan
51Ethiopia
52Philippines
53Azerbaijan
54Denmark
55Morocco
56Bangladesh
57Hungary
58Chile
59Finland
60Bulgaria
61Austria
62Slovakia
63Portugal
64Bolivia
65United Arab Emirates
66Yemen
67Singapore
68Belgium
69Ecuador
70Sudan
71Afghanistan
72Croatia
73Cuba
74Libya
75Democratic Republic of the Congo
76Jordan
77Tunisia
78Serbia
79Oman
80Turkmenistan
81Zimbabwe
82Georgia
83Zambia
84Armenia
85Kenya
86Albania
87Mongolia
88Kuwait
89Sri Lanka
90New Zealand
91Kyrgyzstan
92Slovenia
93Uganda
94Chad
95Lithuania
96Tajikistan
97Bahrain
98Tanzania
99South Sudan
100Qatar
101Nepal
102Cambodia
103Botswana
104Guatemala
105Latvia
106Lebanon
107Ghana
108Estonia
109Niger
110Cameroon
111Mozambique
112Honduras
113Paraguay
114Mali
115Uruguay
116Ireland
117Laos
118Macedonia
119Ivory Coast
120Republic of the Congo
121Montenegro
122Nicaragua
123Madagascar
124Bosnia and Herzegovina
125Dominican Republic
126Gabon
127Namibia
128Panama
129Mauritania
130Central African Republic
131El Salvador
132Somalia
133Sierra Leone
134Suriname
135Liberia
136Bhutan
Megan Batchelor

Megan Batchelor

Executive features editor at CEOWORLD Magazine
Executive features editor at The CEOWORLD magazine and lover of reality TV.I eat cereal for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Megan Batchelor

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