Security of a country is a primary issue, which is why every country lays so much stress on its army and firepower. It is also one of the major determinants of how powerful a country is considered. The basic things considered while ranking an army of a country is the manpower, firepower and total labor force which it has.
Listed below are the top 10 armies of the world:
USA is considered to have one of the best armies in the world, credit going to its whopping defense budget of $612 billion. The army of this country is equipped with 19 aircraft carriers, which accounts for its immense power. Trained human force, huge nuclear arsenal, largest fleet of aircrafts and latest technology weapons are other assets of the US army.
The Russian army is back to track as one of the strongest ones, after the setback suffered due to collapse of Soviet Union, with a huge defense budget of $ 76.6 billion. The army at present has 766,000 active personnel, with 2,485,000 in reserve, in addition to 15,500 tanks, making it the largest tank force in the whole world.
Besides excelling on manpower, China has also decided to make its army as one of the most powerful ones in the world, by increasing 12.2% of its spending on defense budget in the past year, with the figure reaching up to $ 126 billion. With nearly 2,285,000 active personnel and 2,300,000 reserve personnel, it is also the biggest army in the world.
The Indian army features next among the top 10 armies in the world, being on a way to modernization, with an expected increase in the defense budget going to make it the fourth biggest spender by 2020. It already tops the list of largest military exporters. Additionally, the army has equipped itself with powerful ballistic missiles, thanks to its tiffs with China and Pakistan.
Featuring next on this list is the army of UK, which has a defense budget of nearly $ 54 million, though it is planning to reduce the size of its armed forces by 2018. This army is considered among the best because of its high tech equipment and excellent training.
France is another country known for its highly capable army, despite the fact that it has effectively frozen its military spending in 2013, so as to bring down its budget and deploy the money to buy some latest high tech equipment for itself. The defense budget of the French army is an estimated $ 43 billion a year.
Next among the leading armies in the world is Germany, which has a defense budget of $ 45 billion a year, which makes it the eighth largest spender over the globe. The army size is comparatively smaller, with nearly 183,000 active personnel and another 145,000 personnel in reserves. The reason is that many Germans became anti war after World War II.
The Turkish army is planning a 9.4% increase in its defense budget, the reason being the current conflict in Syria. At present, the defense budget of the army of Turkey stands at $ 18.2 billion. This army played a key role in peace keeping in the Balkans and army operations in Afghanistan.
9. South Korea
The South Korea army is the next one among the top 10 armies in the world, spending $ 34 billion annually on its activities. This army is considerable in size, consisting of 640,000 active personnel and 2,900,000 personnel in reserve. Other assets of this army include 1393 aircrafts and 2346 tanks.
The Japanese army has made a comeback on the international scene due to its tension with China, which has led to its first military expansion in the past 40 years. The country has a defense budget of $ 49.1 billion, with 247,000 active personnel and 57,900 in reserve. It also has a fleet of 131 ships and 1595 aircrafts.
All these armies around the world are forces to reckon with, on a global basis.