Asia is known to be the number one world continent in terms of size. This continent is comprised of numerous countries that are very special in their own ways and in different aspects. Moreover, every country in Asia has its own military force that is responsible in protecting the people as well as every nation’s sovereignty. In relation to this, here are the top 10 most powerful militaries in Asia this 2016:
10. Australian Defense Force (ADF)
Founded in the year 1901, Australian Defense Force has been protecting the entire country including its people to the enemies. Its main headquarters can be found in the capital city of the country, Canberra. ADF is actually composed of 3 defense groups namely the Australian Army, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Its power index is 0.8253.
9. Indonesian National Armed Forces
It was in the incident of Indonesian National Revolution when the military forces of the country were formed. Around 400,000 of active-duty personnel are employed in the country’s military forces. This government protection body is allocated with 4% of the country’s GDP. Its power index is 0.8008.
8. Taiwan Military Force
This powerful military force of Taiwan has been using advanced warfare equipments, making them to have more chances of wining the war between their enemies. It is because of the great assistance of China. The power index of Taiwan is around 0.7564.
7. Pakistan Armed Forces
Founded in the year 1947, military forces of Pakistan is comprised with Paramilitary Forces, Pakistan Marines, Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Navy, and Pakistan Army. Its main headquarters can be found in the city of Rawalpindi, Pakistan. The power index of Pakistan Armed Forces is 0.7369.
6. Israel Defense Forces
This government security agency of Israel is composed of the country’s air force, navy, and ground forces. It was way back on May 26, 1948 when Israel Defense Forces was established. A considerable percentage of the country’s GDP is allocated in Israel Defense Forces. Its power index is around 0.5887.
5. Japan Self-Defense Forces
This is the unified military forces of the progressive country, Japan. It was established way back on July 1, 1954. Gen Nakatani is the current Minister of Defense in the said country. The youngest age of military members of the country is 18. The power index of Japan Self-Defense Forces is around 0.5581.
4. South Korea Armed Forces
The government of South Korea is allocating a considerable amount of budget in this military force. There are over 650,000 of military members in South Korea Armed Forces. In fact, it is ranked 10th place when it comes to world’s biggest military budget. The power index of South Korea Armed Forces is 0.5536.
3. Turkish Armed Forces
It was on May 3, 1920 when the Turkish Armed Forces was founded. There are several security bodies in Turkey that are under its management. These are the Coast Guard Command, Gendarmerie General Command, Turkish Air Force, Turkish Naval Forces, and Turkish Land Forces. The power index of this military force is 0.5171.
2. Indian Armed Forces
This military force of India have 3 branches, and these are the Indian Air Force, Indian Navy, and the Indian Army. Its main headquarters can be found in the capital city of the country, which is New Delhi. India is 3rd on the rank of the world’s largest military forces. Its power index is around 0.3872.
1. Republic of China Armed Forces
With the power index of 0.2594, the Republic of China Armed Forces is undeniably the most powerful one in Asia continent this 2016. It was way back on June 16, 1924 when this powerful military force was established. Advanced missile systems and nuclear weapons are the powerful weapons of the military forces of the said country.
These are the top 10 most powerful militaries in Asia this 2016. With their great numbers of military members and advanced military weapons, they are undeniably powerful.