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Monday, February 15, 2016

Top 10 Countries - United Kingdom Military Strength


Despite its size, the United Kingdom maintains one of the strongest economies and fighting forces anywhere in the world.

United Kingdom
Ranked as 5 of 126 Countries
Power Index rating of 0.2747 (0 being perfect)

1. MANPOWER

 Going beyond military equipment totals and perceived fighting strength is the actual manpower that drives a given military. Wars of attrition favor those with more.

  Total Population: 64,088,222
  Available Manpower: 30,000,000
  Fit for Service: 24,040,000
  Reaching Military Age Annually: 750,000
  Active Frontline Personnel: 150,000
  Active Reserve Personnel: 182,000

2. LAND SYSTEMS

Tank value includes Main Battle Tanks, light tanks and tank destroyers, either wheeled or tracked. AFV value includes Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) and Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs).

 Tanks: 407
 Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs): 5,948
 Self-Propelled Guns (SPGs): 89
 Towed-Artillery: 138
 Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs): 42

3. AIR POWER 

Includes both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft from all branches of service.

 Total Aircraft: 879
 Fighters/Interceptors: 91
 Fixed-Wing Attack Aircraft: 168
 Transport Aircraft: 337
 Trainer Aircraft: 330
 Helicopters: 348
 Attack Helicopters: 49

4. NAVAL POWER

Aircraft Carrier value includes dedicated "helicopter carrier" vessels. Total naval strength includes all known auxiliaries as well.

 Total Naval Strength: 76
 Aircraft Carriers: 1
 Frigates: 13
 Destroyers: 6
 Corvettes: 0
 Submarines:10
 Coastal Defense Craft: 18
 Mine Warfare: 15

5. RESOURCES

Despite the advances made in battlefield technology, oil remains the lifeblood of any fighting force and supporting economy.

 Oil Production: 787,200 bbl/day
 Oil Consumption: 1,510,000 bbl/day
 Proven Oil Reserves: 2,982,000,000 bbl/day

6. LOGISTICAL 

War is as much a battle of logistics - moving man and machine from / to points all over - as it is direct combat. Labor Force adds to available wartime industry strength.
 Labor Force: 32,760,000
 Merchant Marine Strength: 504
 Major Ports and Terminals: 14
 Roadway Coverage: 394,428
 Railway Coverage: 16,454
 Serviceable Airports: 460

7. FINANCIAL

Regardless of strength in numbers, war is still driven by financing as much as any one leader or weapon.

 Defense Budget: $55,000,000,000
 External Debt: $9,219,000,000,000
 Reserves of Foreign Exchange and Gold: $107,700,000,000
 Purchasing Power Parity: $2,569,000,000,000

8. GEOGRAPHY

Geographical values primarily figure into a defensive-minded war.

 Square Land Area: 243,610 km
 Coastline: 12,429 km
 Shared Border: 443 km
 Waterways:  3,200 km

Sources: CIA.gov, CIA World Factbook, wikipedia.com.