US Army only on paper was the strongest in the world

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US Army only on paper was the strongest in the world


Russia is again in the top three of the world's armies, ahead of China. However, the opinions of military experts are very divided about this.



Russia ranked second in the ranking of the most powerful armies in the world according to the international company Global Firepower. The leader of the list is recognized by the American army, which is spending most of all in the world on defense, and the top three are closed by the largest in size Chinese People’s Liberation Army. The top ten also included the armed forces of India, France, Britain, Japan, Turkey, Germany and Egypt. Ukrainian army is located on the 30-th place. In total, the ranking indicates the armed forces of 133 countries.

The study took into account more than fifty factors. As the compilers of the rating explained, the ranking of participants depends not so much on the total amount of military equipment, but on the balance of the country's military power and the variety of available weapons. The key factor in the assessment is the size of the workforce. The geographical location of the country and the volume of natural resources were also taken into account.

Nuclear weapon was not taken into account by experts, but the nuclear powers received additional points. The political system and the nature of military leadership were not taken into account in the assessment.

The fact that the United States, Russia and China are the top three of the world's strongest armies is understandable and without any ratings, said Alexander Khramchikhin, head of the analytical department at the Institute for Political and Military Analysis. Moreover, according to the interlocutor of the newspaper “Kolokol of Russia”, overwhelmingly, all such ratings are common charlatanry, because it is unrealistic and unscientific to compare such a quantity of incomparable values.

"The Russian army is much inferior to the American in the naval navyHowever, it is significantly superior to the ground forces and ground defense. All this is determined by the fact that the armed forces of Russia and the United States face fundamentally different tasks, which is why armies are built according to different priorities. The main difference between the American army is that the United States is an ocean power that no one can challenge on the American continent, so its army is interventionist in nature and its actions extend far beyond its own borders. In turn, Russia is a continental country, focused primarily on the defense of its own borders, ”the expert explained.

The three leaders - the United States, Russia and China - remain unchanged for three years. It is worth noting that the most important criterion for assessing the army is fighting. And this option Global Firepower Index does not take into account. Russia and the United States have a clear advantage here, for example, over China.

“If we compare the Russian and Chinese armies, then the People's Republic of China is very closely behind the Russian Federation and even surpasses in some parameters, and in the coming years this gap can only increase. As for comparison with the American army, here China is already in something stronger than the United States. However, in the top three of the strongest armies of the world it is very difficult to judge objectively about real superiority and to determine exactly one of the armies in the top three. Therefore, there is not much difference in what place the country occupied in the top three strongest armies in the world, the first or the third, ”explained the military expert.

“If the Russian army is not the first, then certainly not the second,” military expert Vladimir Yazikov gave such an assessment to the Russian armed forces. Despite the fact that the military budget of the Americans is several times higher than the Russian one, like the power of the navy, however, the effectiveness of the US Army has always been a big question for many military experts.

According to the interlocutor of the newspaper "Bell of Russia", the recent case when a North Korean missile flew over Japan and was not shot down by the American missile defense system left great doubts about the effectiveness of the entire US air defense system. In addition, the Americans were repeatedly invited to Russia to tank biathlon, however, always refused to participate, so as not to become disgraced. Earlier, the US military participated in European competitions, where there were only four teams, and they took third place.

In turn, the Russian military became winners of the 2017 Army International Games, which ended on August 12 in the Moscow region. Military professionals from 28 countries competed in the ranges of five states. Artillerymen and pilots, paratroopers and scouts, doctors and dog trainers, military policemen and sailors, snipers and cooks participated in 28 competitions.

As for the military budget, then, in the opinion of Vladimir Yazikov, despite the enormous difference in the funds spent by the Pentagon, Americans spend many times more money than the Russian Federation on weapons with similar combat characteristics.

“The presented rating is based on bare figures, without concrete argumentation and real facts. Check the defense of the army is possible only in real combat. Earlier, the USSR tested its weapons in many conflicts, in particular in Korea, Vietnam, Angola and other local wars. Now the Russian Defense Ministry is engaged in checking its weapons in the Syrian conflict. Representatives of defense enterprises on-site monitor the effectiveness of the use of various weapons. During the Russian military presence in the Syrian Arab Republic in real combat conditions, more than 600 types of weapons were tested; some of them went for revision, and some of the samples had to be abandoned altogether, ”the source said.

The Pentagon’s military budget share in 2017 a year is 582,7 billion dollars, which is less than one percent more than the budget of the Ministry of Defense in 2016 a year - 580,3 billion. According to official data, the largest increase in the military budget comes from the Air Force, from 161,8 billion to 166,9 billion. A fleet budget came under reduction - from 168,8 billion to 164,9 billion.

As for Russia, according to the annual report of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Russia has entered the top three countries with the largest military spending. According to the report, Russia increased its spending by 5,9%, to 69,2 billion dollars, however, significantly lagging behind the United States and China.
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  1. +6
    5 September 2017
    It’s interesting ... we Russians are proud of the power of our army, while we are considered heroism to deflect from the draft. what
    1. +6
      5 September 2017
      By no means
      In accordance with the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation dated March 30, 2017 No. 135, 142 thousand people were called up and sent to the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, other troops, military formations and bodies.
      As for the citizens who did not appear in the military registration and enlistment offices, their number is significantly decreasing every year and currently does not exceed 0,2% of the number called up for draft events.
      http://function.mil.ru/news_page/world/more.htm?i
      d = 12133340% 40egNews
      1. +8
        5 September 2017
        I can say, as directly working among the drafted, that the refusal to call on them was replaced by a kind of Italian strike. That is, from the first day of service he comes to the medical center and does not crawl out from there until the end of the service. Here and direct simulation, since all the symptoms of diseases on the Internet are painted, and aggravation, that is, exaggeration of suffering in the presence of an existing disease. And if we ascribe to this number also dystrophics of all kinds that cannot be allowed to work and sentries, then half of the draft does not serve, but eats away taxpayers' money. And after all this, they get a military ID with a mark on military service, which gives him the opportunity to work in government agencies.
        1. 0
          6 September 2017
          Yes, and thieves (oiled) enough.
        2. 0
          6 September 2017
          He served in the 90s. We didn’t have any simulation, let alone aggravation (you tfu, well, you came up with a word). "Grandfather" treated quickly and with a guarantee :)
    2. +7
      5 September 2017
      Quote: NEXUS
      It’s interesting ... we Russians are proud of the power of our army, while we are considered heroism to deflect from the draft. what

      You are wrong, my friend works in a psycho. the hospital, said earlier recruits who mowed down as fools to slough off from the Army were lying on the examination, and now all the chambers are crammed with conscripts who have been rejected by the draft commission for previous sins with drugs, alcohol, hooliganism, and convictions. Everyone proves through examination in Durk that they are kind, fluffy and healthy boys, are convincingly asked to take them to serve in the Army, and past sins are a fleeting accident.))
      1. +1
        6 September 2017
        All prove through examination in Durk that they are kind, fluffy

        fully confirm

        the acquaintance served, demobilized and ran into the draft board so that he would be corrected the diagnosis of obesity, because in the army all the extra kg lost

        I ask: why?

        says: there is a chance that it will go to the contract. because there life will be richer, although freedom and less
    3. +1
      5 September 2017
      It’s just that with a modern rhythm of life for a number of people this is an extra waste of time, especially who does not see himself as a security official or official.
      It’s high time to go completely to the contract army.
      1. +3
        5 September 2017
        In this regard, I can say that now the army was swept by a wave of refusals by contract soldiers from further service due to low salaries. This is me that the ordinary contractor receives 19 thousand rubles. Moreover, this amount is almost the same for any category - the driver of the rocket transporter, the guidance operator or a simple fly-run. So the call remains the only way to maintain the visibility of the Army.
        1. +3
          6 September 2017
          So the call remains the only way to maintain the visibility of the Army.

          Listen, I’ve only logged in for you :)

          19000 is a normal start, after five years it’s already 35000 re, after 15 years - 55 thousand rubles, and if you have enough mind for an officer position, you won’t deny yourself anything

          + buy an apartment, or 2 apartments for a salary, and write it down on your wife, whom you will later divorce, and the second you will receive for yourself and your children, which the court will leave for you.

          Now in Russia there are places where you need to pay a lot, a lot to get to serve in the Army, I’m silent about the border guards, there are generally a competition of 100 people. in place since they s / n you yourself understand how anyone.
          1. 0
            6 September 2017
            I was urgent when I served and gathered everyone in Lenin's, deputy. com The company immediately said that it offered to go on a contract from some small towns and villages, because yes for them it is more or less normal money. And I agree with him that you can earn more on a citizen and at the same time, “carry round and square kati” will not wait for you.
            Yes, and after two years of contracted services, it seems to me that a person will definitely turn into an Australopithecus, since a lot of you do not need to.
            1. 0
              6 September 2017
              The US Army is weak because it is immeasurably flooded with money ... and is curtained with instructions. ,, manuals ....
              1. 0
                6 September 2017
                we have at least instructions
                1. 0
                  6 September 2017
                  win9090 Today, 09:45 ↑
                  we have at least instructions ""
                  "We have in Geramania .. we have in Germany!" laughing
                  Do not party .You saw the army from afar .and then with an oblique look!
                  1. 0
                    6 September 2017
                    And why immediately Germany, maybe an agent of the West.

                    Go to sleep resident Essssr
                    1. +1
                      6 September 2017
                      Correctly, Agent of the West - "sincere recognition - The first STEP in .. camera!" laughing laughing
                      And judging by "I was urgent when I served and gathered everyone in LENINSKAYA .." or do you use the old dictionary ??? laughing
                      Yes, and Lenin and the contract as it does not fit ?? laughing
    4. +2
      5 September 2017
      Quote: NEXUS
      at the same time, it is considered heroism to deflect from the call.

      Who is this "with you"?
      1. +6
        6 September 2017
        Quote: Setrac
        Quote: NEXUS
        at the same time, it is considered heroism to deflect from the call.

        Who is this "with you"?

        he and a couple of commentators on his own wave !!! lol lol lol
    5. +6
      6 September 2017
      Quote: NEXUS
      It’s interesting ... we Russians are proud of the power of our army, while we are considered heroism to deflect from the draft. what

      what what what probably it is considered so in your environment !!! lol lol lol or you still live in the 90s !! bully bully bully Schaub you were in courses, right now they give loot, so as not to slope away from the army, but to be drafted into the army !!! tongue tongue tongue hi hi hi
    6. +1
      6 September 2017
      Quote: NEXUS
      It’s interesting ... we Russians are proud of the power of our army, while we are considered heroism to deflect from the draft. what
      Gone are the days when slope was considered heroism.
  2. +7
    5 September 2017
    Good review. I won’t put us first. Modesty does not allow. America is possible. Only in pouring money into its own aircraft. China has no sensible combat experience. Third place is debatable. Although, any minor conflict will show the strength of China The dragon takes off. But is it powerful? Although, I don’t want anyone to test its strength. The United States is falling into the abyss. China is on the rise. But in the near future, Russia will be in the lead for 3-7 years.at the same time, it is considered heroism to deflect from the call. what Have you been to the military enlistment office for a long time? Even the military enlistment office has been complaining with us. Guys and girls are coming in droves. Guys are urgent, If they are beaten off, they are really upset. 5 in the morning stood at the door of the draft board. Your lie.
  3. +1
    5 September 2017
    Damn these ratings. As if the third world had passed. America has won. We are in second China and third.
    1. 0
      8 September 2017
      rei tings of course well. .but if contests. it’s better to go for a walk in a bikini. it will immediately become clear "who owes whom"
  4. +6
    5 September 2017
    With enviable regularity, articles on comparing the armies of the World appear on VO. Around the same. Mainly compare technical means and combat training. Based on these data, they make analysis and rating conclusions.
    They do not take into account only one thing - the average Russian man is a warrior from birth, due to the existing gene pool, lifestyle and behavioral stereotypes. That is why we are exactly we knowthat a Russian man in battle costs 5-10 western geeks and these are not empty words. It always has been, it is, and it will continue to be so, even if the greedy slime that seized power in the 90s once again tries to sell the State to the adversary.
    1. +5
      5 September 2017
      Underestimation of the enemy. leads to serious consequences. In May of the 41st, many shouted that we would throw Germans' hats in case of something. And not an inch of the earth ... and so on .... What it turned out to probably explain no need.
      Wars have long been won by the economy. Do not consider it work, look at statistics on the release of weapons in the United States during the Second World War. I am sure that you will discover a lot of new things for yourself.
      1. +2
        5 September 2017
        Quote: Yakut
        Underestimation of the enemy. leads to serious consequences. In May of the 41st, many shouted that we would throw Germans' hats in case of something. And not an inch of the earth ... and so on .... What it turned out to probably explain no need.

        However, Anti-Anglosax is right, Russians living in more severe climatic conditions grow stronger and more resistant. From two Germans to ten Chinese.
        As the Second World War showed, the Germans prepared their army for war with the USSR for several years, but when they ran out of professionals, the called-up reservists were simply not ready to morally fight with the Russians.
        1. +3
          5 September 2017
          Following this logic, the best soldiers should be the Chukchi or Eskimos. They live in much more difficult conditions than we do.
          The Russian man and the Russian soldier was always strong in that he could live and fight in conditions where others would have long fled. Although a long war makes soldiers of warring armies look alike. Read the memories of the same Germans. Not generals and field marshals, but ordinary soldiers.
          There is not a bad book, the author is in my opinion Guy Sayer. Alsatian German. From 42nd to 45th he fought on the Eastern Front. Probably was not a bad soldier, since he survived. He did not badly describe the realities of the German army from below, and not from headquarters.
          1. +2
            5 September 2017
            Quote: Yakut
            Following this logic, the best soldiers should be the Chukchi or Eskimos. They live in much more difficult conditions than we do.

            In vain, ironic, the Chukchi fought with Russia for a long time and not unsuccessfully, but they were not good enough and could not create their own state under such conditions.
        2. +1
          6 September 2017
          In this case, Canadians should also make everyone like an Ace warmer.
          1. +1
            6 September 2017
            Quote: Ararat
            In this case, Canadians should also make everyone like an Ace warmer.

            There are three "BUT"
            First, there are not as many Canadians as Russians.
            The second - Canada has a milder, maritime climate, and wherever it is cold as in Russia - no one lives.
            Thirdly, yes they tear the heating pad like an ace.
    2. +1
      5 September 2017
      That is, you want to say that with Borodino at least five hundred thousand and a maximum of a million Russians in your account could not defeat one hundred and a few thousand French.
      1. +1
        5 September 2017
        Quote: Ken71
        That is, you want to say that with Borodino at least five hundred thousand and a maximum of a million Russians in your account could not defeat one hundred and a few thousand French.

        Well, you turned down, at Borodino, Russians were in the minority.
        1. +1
          5 September 2017
          and when Borodino who won? Who is the Borodino field behind? And could you give the number of parties?
          1. 0
            6 September 2017
            Quote: ariman1
            and when Borodino who won? Who is the Borodino field behind? And could you give the number of parties?

            You can easily recognize the number from open sources, the field is left to the French (if you can call the united army of Europe the French).

            During the 12-hour battle, the French army managed to capture the positions of the Russian army in the center and on the left wing, but after the cessation of hostilities the French army retreated to its original position. Thus, in Russian historiography, it is believed that Russian troops won, but the next day, the commander in chief of the Russian army M.I. Kutuzov ordered to retreat due to heavy losses and because of the large reserves of the Emperor Napoleon, who were in a hurry to help the French army.
            Western historiography recognizes the Battle of Borodino as Napoleon’s victory, albeit with reservations.
            That is, with 138 thousand French against 108 thousand Russian, the French could not win, the field remained with the Russians and only Napoleon’s reserves forced Kutuzov to give the order for retreat.
    3. +2
      6 September 2017
      I don’t know about your spirit worth 10-15 western geeks, but I know that the drone’s operator doesn’t give a damn about your spirit when he sits in Nevada and kills you with Helfaers, God forbid! This is not the first world war to go into the bayonet or screaming uraaaaa climb on machine guns.
  5. +3
    5 September 2017
    Russia, with the current state of the economy, can lead a maximum of 2 local wars.
    And the United States is an order of magnitude larger and longer, which is why they come first.
    1. +1
      5 September 2017
      Quote: win9090
      Russia, with the current state of the economy, can lead a maximum of 2 local wars.

      This is without any mobilization measures.
      Quote: win9090
      And the United States is an order of magnitude larger and longer, which is why they come first.

      This is not true, the Americans can’t do it an order of magnitude more, otherwise they would have crushed us long ago both in Syria and in Ukraine.
      1. +1
        6 September 2017
        A maximum of two wars on two fronts. Iraq and Afghanistan for example. Or Europe and the Pacific Ocean in WWII. At the moment, the United States will not be able to create a land group outside the United States of 350,000 or more. On its territory, this is a different topic.
      2. 0
        6 September 2017
        In local wars, mobilization is not carried out.

        And who told you that in Syria or Ukraine they are losing.
        1. 0
          6 September 2017
          Quote: win9090
          And who told you that in Syria or Ukraine they are losing.

          But they do not win, we will wait for the result.
  6. +1
    5 September 2017
    Budgets are generally incomparable in principle, because AK and M16 are purchased at prices differing by an order of magnitude, and combat effectiveness is different and so on for all types of weapons.
    1. 0
      5 September 2017
      A very significant part of the Pentagon’s budget goes to military payments.
  7. +4
    5 September 2017
    just the American army to show all its power you need a worthy rival, Nicaragua, Grenada, at worst Libya or Syria. And the DPRK missiles of the wrong system
    1. +3
      6 September 2017
      Iraq 91g was a good opponent and it was rolled into asphalt in 4 days
  8. 0
    5 September 2017
    Quote: NEXUS
    It’s interesting ... we Russians are proud of the power of our army, while we are considered heroism to deflect from the draft. what

    Already, it is considered only in the midst of frank majors: parasites and playbirds, or else it will be ...
  9. 0
    5 September 2017
    Quote: win9090
    It’s just that with a modern rhythm of life for a number of people this is an extra waste of time, especially who does not see himself as a security official or official.
    It’s high time to go completely to the contract army.

    For prodigies and geniuses there are scientific and sports companies (even a whole sports society), choirs, orchestras and other theaters of the Russian army, and it’s not a sin for numerous businessmen to serve their homeland ...
  10. +6
    5 September 2017
    Russia for the quarter made 60 calibers. This is one salvo of 2 x destroyers. The same goes for the rest of high-tech weapons - it is not bad, but the pace of its production is low, since the industrial potential is half-dead. And to compare formal numbers is futile - for example, they write about thousands of aircraft in the Russian Armed Forces, but what is the state of their combat readiness? What is the level of aerodrome services in the face of hostilities? Logistics capabilities - how can Russia project military power? In Syria, we see, nothing at all - separate mercenaries, some sort of special units, a group of aircraft 70-80 pieces .. and all
  11. +5
    6 September 2017
    Well, why is the US Army strong only on paper? Just to write a biting headline.
  12. 0
    6 September 2017
    Quote: Setrac
    Quote: Yakut
    Following this logic, the best soldiers should be the Chukchi or Eskimos. They live in much more difficult conditions than we do.

    In vain, ironic, the Chukchi fought with Russia for a long time and not unsuccessfully, but they were not good enough and could not create their own state under such conditions.

    I have lived in the north for a very long time, and I respect the indigenous peoples of Siberia with respect. Regarding the Chukchi and the Eskimos, I did not think to be ironic. It's just that this is an example of the fact that there are many places on earth where the natural conditions are much more severe than in central Russia.
    Well, as for the Chukchi, yes, I know that there was not a simple accession by Russia of these territories, there were serious conflicts. But to call it war somehow language does not turn. As for the state, I somehow do not recall that the peoples at the stage of the communal-tribal system would create their statehood. To unite tribes for a raid on neighboring territory, or to give a joint rebuff to the enemy is one thing, and the state is already a completely different level.
    1. 0
      6 September 2017
      Quote: Yakut
      But to call it war somehow language does not turn.

      This can not be called a war because the Chukchi did not have a state.
      Quote: Yakut
      It's just that this is an example of the fact that there are many places on earth where the natural conditions are much more severe than in central Russia.

      For instance? It depends on what you call "central Russia"
  13. 0
    6 September 2017
    * according to the international company Global Firepower
    -----------------------
    found someone to believe ...
    you go in and see the details: there the DPRK fleet is superior to the US fleet ... :)
    because the DPRK has more boats ....
    https://www.globalfirepower.com/navy-ships.asp
  14. 0
    7 September 2017
    Quote: NEXUS
    It’s interesting ... we Russians are proud of the power of our army, while we are considered heroism to deflect from the draft. what

    You have extremely outdated data !!! 10 years ago, at least! For two years my son could not get into military service, there were no places !!! Then he served in the 45th Special Forces Regiment of the Airborne Forces! And now this regiment is fully contracted ................................
  15. 0
    7 September 2017
    Quote: noviczok
    Well, why is the US Army strong only on paper? Just to write a biting headline.

    Because Americans are not ready to die! It's one thing to die defending your homeland, another thing is to defend the interests of "Uncle Sam" ............
  16. 0
    7 September 2017
    Quote: Ararat
    I don’t know about your spirit worth 10-15 western geeks, but I know that the drone’s operator doesn’t give a damn about your spirit when he sits in Nevada and kills you with Helfaers, God forbid! This is not the first world war to go into the bayonet or screaming uraaaaa climb on machine guns.

    But nothing that these drones are relatively easily "removed" from the flight by radio interception ?! And they fly fearlessly through the "Afghans"! Even in Iran, a couple "flew away" .........
  17. +1
    11 September 2017
    Quote: NEXUS
    It’s interesting ... we Russians are proud of the power of our army, while we are considered heroism to deflect from the draft. what

    And what, what can be studied in a year ?, the sense of the ethics of mobs who have been waiting for six months when the second half year comes? The power of the army is contract soldiers and officers. And draftees are servants. I myself served 2 years, so you become a specialist after serving 3/4 of the term. So, those who mow-they are not needed in FIG.
    1. +1
      13 September 2017
      And I want to add that our guys are all right - after the army they want to take a place somewhere in the traffic police. But tell me why the army needs Caucasian comrades? This audience is fundamentally incapable of discipline - the mindset is not the same. And the current ones are also weaklings, having a bunch of chronic diseases. I would cancel their call at all. In extreme cases, created for them something like the territorial troops of the pre-war era.

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