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Global Firepower Index ranking: the world's most powerful armies


Comparing the military power of different states is a difficult but interesting problem. Despite all the difficulties associated with assessing the power of the armed forces of a given state, attempts are constantly being made to rank the most militarily strong states. Due to constant tensions or open collisions that are constantly observed in different parts of the world, such ratings are in demand and attract the attention of the general public.

10 in July, the American edition of Business Insider published a material called The 35 Most Powerful Militaries In The World ("35 of the most powerful armies in the world"). As is clear from the title, the authors of the article tried to compare the armed forces of the leading countries and find out which state has the most powerful army. For convenience, the list was limited to only 35 positions, which is why the vast majority of countries in the world could not get into it.

According to Business Insider, the top ten most powerful militarily states are as follows: USA, Russia, PRC, India, Great Britain, France, Germany, Turkey, South Korea, and Japan. Remembering the latest events, it is necessary to note the position in the ranking of several other states. So, Israel could not enter the top ten and stopped at the 11-th place, Ukraine took the 21-th place, and right behind it in the ranking is Iran. The Syrian armed forces secured their country 26-place in the world ranking. The last line in the list from Business Insider is the DPRK.

GFP rating

It should be noted that the authors of The 35 Most Powerful Militaries In The World did not independently conduct research of the armed forces of the world, but used the existing database. As a basis for their work, they took the well-known Global Firepower Index (GFP) rating. This rating is considered one of the most famous and reputable in the world. The purpose of the GFP database is to collect information about the armed forces of the world, its analysis and summing up. The latest ranking of the world's armies was published in April of this year and contains information about the armed forces of 106 states. In the future, the number of countries counted in the rating will increase.

To compare the military power of states, the authors of the Global Firepower Index use a complex assessment methodology that takes into account more than 50 of various factors. According to the results of calculations, the army receives an estimate (Power index or PwrIndex), approximately reflecting its capabilities. At the same time, a system of bonus and penalty points is used for greater objectivity of ratings. In addition, objectivity is designed to provide several additional conditions:
- the assessment does not take into account nuclear weapon;
- the assessment takes into account the geographical features of the state;
- the assessment takes into account not only the number of weapons and equipment;
- the assessment takes into account the production and consumption of certain resources;
- States that do not have access to the sea, do not receive penalty points for the absence of the Navy;
- for limited military capabilities fleet a fine is imposed;
- The assessment does not take into account the peculiarities of the political and military leadership of the country.

The result of the calculation becomes a decimal with four decimal places. Ideally, the state index should be equal to 0,0000, but the achievement of such high rates in reality is impossible. For example, the leader of the last rating, the United States, has a rating of 0,2208, and Japan closes the top ten with PwrIndex 0,5586. Beginning with 25 place (Saudi Arabia), state ratings exceed one. Moreover, Tanzania, located on the last 106-th place in the ranking, has a rating of 4,3423.

Of course, the GFP rating has certain problems, but it still allows you to create a relatively objective picture that takes into account many different factors. Referring to the Global Firepower Index database and consider what allowed countries to take the first 5 places in the ranking.

1. USA

The authors of the rating note that in recent years the United States has found itself in a difficult position. Two costly wars and difficulties with new projects, as well as cuts in the military budget, led to the Pentagon facing many difficulties. Nevertheless, even in such conditions, the US armed forces retained their first place in the GFP ranking, receiving an 0,2208 rating.

The total population of the United States is 316,668 million. The total number of human resources suitable for service - 142,2 million people. 120 million people aged 17-45 years, if necessary, can be drafted into the army. Each year, the number of potential recruits is replenished 4,2 millions of people. Currently, 1,43 million people serve in the US military, and the reserve is 850 thousand people.

Ground forces units have a large number of equipment of various classes and types. A total of 8325 are used in the USA tanks, 25782 armored personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles, etc., 1934 self-propelled artillery mounts, 1791 towed guns and 1330 multiple launch rocket systems.

The total number of aircraft in the Air Force, aviation The Navy and KMP - 13683. These are 2271 fighters, 2601 attack aircraft, 5222 military transport aircraft, 2745 training aircraft, as well as 6012 multi-purpose and 914 attack helicopters.

In the Navy and other US structures, more than 470 ships, submarines, boats and auxiliary vessels are currently in operation. 10 aircraft carriers, 15 frigates, 62 destroyers, 72 submarines, 13 coast guard ships and 13 minesweepers.

Despite the emergence of new weapons and equipment, the US armed forces still need oil and petroleum products. The petroleum industry in the United States is currently producing 8,5 million barrels per day. Daily consumption is 19 million. Proved US reserves are 20,6 billions of barrels.

The GFP ranking also takes into account the production and logistics capabilities of countries. The total size of the US labor force is 155 million. The country has 393 merchant ships (run under the American flag), which can use the 24 major port. The total length of roads - 6,58 million miles, iron - 227,8 thousand miles. 13,5 thousand airports and airfields are operated.

An important element of the rating is the financial component of the armed forces. US military budget - 612,5 billion. At the same time, the country's foreign debt is equal to 15,9 trillions of dollars. The country's foreign exchange reserves - 150,2 billion dollars, purchasing power parity - 15,9 trillion.

To predict the country's capabilities in a defensive war, the Global Firepower Index ranking takes into account the geographical features of countries. The total area of ​​the United States - 9,8 million square meters. km The coastline is 19,9 thousand km, the borders with neighboring states are 12 thousand km. Waterways - 41 thousand km.

2. Russia

The second place in the April GFP ranking was taken by Russia with an 0,2355 rating. The authors of the rating believe that the growth of military potential shown in 2013 should be a good start for the future.

The total population of Russia is 145,5 million people, 69,1 million of which can serve. Each year, the draft age reaches 1,35 million people. Currently, 766 thousand people are serving in the military, and the reserve of the armed forces is 2,48 million.

Russia has one of the largest armored vehicle parks. Its armed forces have 15,5 thousand tanks, 27607 armored personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles and similar vehicles, 5990 SAU, 4625 towed guns and 3871 MLRS.

The total number of aircraft in the armed forces is 3082 units. Of these, 736 fighters, 1289 strike aircraft, 730 military transport, 303 training aircraft, as well as 973 multi-purpose and 114 attack helicopters.

The Navy and the Border Guard Service use more than 350 ships, boats and auxiliary vessels. These are one aircraft carrier, four frigates, 13 destroyers, 74 corvette, 63 submarines and 65 coast guard ships. Mine-sweeping forces are represented by 34 ships.

According to the authors of the GFP ranking, Russia extracts 11 million barrels of oil daily. Own consumption does not exceed 2,2 million barrels per day. Proven reserves - 80 billion barrels.

Russia's “hands of work” are estimated at 75,68 million people. There are 1143 sea and river merchant ships. The main logistic burden falls on seven major ports and terminals. The country has 982 thousand km of roads and 87,1 thousand km of railways. Air transport can use 1218 airfields.

The Russian military budget is 76,6 billion dollars. The country's external debt - 631,8 billion. Gold reserves are estimated at 537,6 billion dollars. Purchasing power parity - 2,486 trillion dollars.

Russia is the largest state in the world and has an area of ​​more than 17 million square meters. km The coastline of the country has a length of 37653 km, land borders - 20241 km. The total length of waterways reaches 102 thousand km.

3. China

The top three leaders of the April Global Firepower Index ranking closes China, which received an 0,2594 rating. This country increases defense spending, which allows it to increase its presence in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as move up the GFP ranking.

The PRC is the world's largest state in terms of population: 1,35 billion people live in the territory of this country. If necessary, 749,6 million people can be recruited into the ranks of the armed forces. Annually, the draft age reaches 19,5 million people. Currently, the People’s Liberation Army of China (PLA) is served by 2,28 million people, and 2,3 million are reservists.

The PLA has 9150 tanks of various classes and types, 4788 armored vehicles for infantry, 1710 self-propelled and 6246 towed guns. In addition, ground forces have 1770 multiple rocket launchers.

The total number of aircraft in the Air Force and Naval Aviation is 2788. Of these, 1170 - fighters, 885 - strike aircraft. Transport tasks are performed by 762 aircraft, 380 aircraft are used to train pilots. In addition, the PLA has 865 multipurpose helicopters and 122 drums.

China's fleet has 520 ships, boats and ships. This number includes one aircraft carrier, 45 frigates, 24 destroyers, 9 corvettes, 69 submarines, 353 ships and coast guard boats, as well as 119 mine-sweeping ships.

China produces 4,075 million barrels of oil daily, which is less than half of its own consumption (9,5 million barrels per day). Proved oil reserves - 25,58 billion barrels.

China's labor force is estimated at 798,5 million. The country operates 2030 merchant ships. 15 ports and terminals are of strategic importance. The total length of roads exceeds 3,86 million kilometers, and there are 86 thousand km of railways. Aviation can use 507 airfields.

According to GFP, China’s defense budget last year reached 126 billion dollars. At the same time, the country's external debt approached 729 billion dollars. Gold reserves of the country reach 3,34 trillion dollars. Purchasing power parity - 12,26 trillion dollars.

The area of ​​China is slightly less than 9,6 million square meters. kilometers The coastline has a length of 14,5 thousand km, the land border - 22117 km. There are waterways with a total length of 110 thousand km.

4. India

India received an 0,3872 rating and ranks fourth in the GFP ranking with it. This state has already become the largest importer of weapons and military equipment, and, apparently, will continue military-technical cooperation with foreign partners in the future.

As the world's second largest state in terms of population (1,22 billion people), India can, if necessary, enlist in the army up to 615,2 million people. Every year, the available human resources are replenished with 22,9 million people reaching military age. Currently, 1,325 million people are serving in the Indian armed forces, and 2,143 million are still in reserve.

The ground forces of India have 3569 tanks, 5085 armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles, 290 SAU and 6445 towed artillery. Rocket artillery is represented by 292 volley fire systems.

The Indian Air Force has 1785 aircraft of all classes and types. The aircraft fleet has the following structure: 535 fighter jets, 468 percussion vehicles, 706 military transport and 237 training vehicles. Transport and support tasks perform 504 multi-purpose helicopter. The destruction of the equipment and forces of the enemy is assigned to 20 attack helicopters.

Indian naval forces are relatively few, they have only 184 ship. This includes 2 aircraft carrier, 15 frigates, 11 destroyers, 24 corvette, 17 submarines, 32 ships and coast guard boats, and 7 minesweepers.

India has relatively small oil fields, but the country remains dependent on foreign supplies. Proved reserves - 5,476 billion barrels. Daily Indian industry produces 897,5 thousand barrels of oil, and daily consumption reaches 3,2 million barrels.

Indian labor is estimated at 482,3 million. Under the Indian flag goes 340 merchant ships. There are 7 major ports in the country. The total duration of roads exceeds 3,32 million km. For railways, this parameter does not exceed 64 thousand km. Operate 346 airfields.

This year, India has allocated 46 billions of dollars for defense. The external debt of the state is close to 379 billions. The country's foreign exchange reserves are estimated at 297,8 billion dollars, and purchasing power parity at 4,71 trillion dollars.

The area of ​​India is 3,287 million square meters. km The country has land borders with a total length of 14103 km and a coastline of length 7 thousand km. The length of the waterways of the country - 14,5 thousand km.

5. United Kingdom

The top five in the GFP rankings drawn up in April of this year is the UK, which received an 0,3923 rating. This country intends in the near future to pay special attention to its armed forces and is therefore engaged in the implementation of several new projects.

From 63,4 million citizens of Great Britain only 29,1 million people can get into the army. The number of potential servicemen is annually replenished with 749 by thousands of people. Currently 205,3 thousand people serve in the armed forces. Reserve - 182 thousands.

The British Army has 407 tanks, 6245 armored vehicles for the transport of infantry, 89 self-propelled artillery, 138 towed guns and 56 MLRS.

The Royal Air Force has 908 aircraft. These are mainly airplanes: 84 fighter, 178 percussion, 338 military transport and 312 training aircraft. In addition, the troops have 362 multipurpose and 66 attack helicopters.

Formerly, Great Britain had one of the most powerful fleets in the world, but over the past decades it has lost its sea power. Currently, there are only 66 ships and vessels in the British Naval Service. These are 1 aircraft carriers, 13 frigates, 6 destroyers, 11 submarines, 24 coast guard vessels and 15 minesweepers.

With the help of platforms in the North Sea, the UK produces daily 1,1 million barrels of oil. However, production does not cover the country's own consumption, which reaches 1,7 million barrels per day. The country's proven reserves are at the level of 3,12 billion barrels.

About 32 million people are employed in industry and the UK economy. The country's merchant fleet uses the 504 vessel and the 14 major ports. On the territory of the state there are 394,4 thousand km of automobile roads and 16,45 thousand thousand km of railways. 460 airfields and airports are in operation.

The size of the military budget of the UK reaches 56,6 billion dollars, external debt - 10,09 trillions of dollars. Gold reserves are estimated at 105,1 billion dollars. Purchasing power parity - 2,313 trillion dollars.

The area of ​​the island state is 243,6 thousand square meters. km The coastline is 12429 km. On land, the UK is bordered only by Ireland. The length of this boundary does not exceed 390 km. The total length of waterways is 3200 km.

Leadership issues

As we see, the states occupying the first lines in the Global Firepower Index ranking have several common features. These countries pay great attention to their armed forces, including from a financial point of view. The findings of the authors of the GFP rating are confirmed by other sources. For example, according to the Stockholm Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), over the past few years, India (4 place in the GFP ranking), increasing the cost of purchasing weapons and military equipment, literally soared up the list of importing countries and took first place. The silver medalist of the GFP rating, Russia, is currently implementing the State Armaments Program, according to which, before 2020, a little less than 20 trillions of rubles will be spent on the purchase of weapons and equipment.

The purchase of equipment and weapons can be considered one of the main factors that allow countries to keep in the upper part of the considered rating. However, investments in new equipment alone cannot raise the country to the top of the list. In addition to procurement, good management is required, the correct work of various structures of the armed forces, etc. When calculating the PwrIndex index, fifty factors are taken into account, each of which can affect the place of a particular country in the list. Nevertheless, there is some relationship between the quantity and quality of equipment and the country's position in the ranking. To see it, you need to again refer to the table compiled by journalists of the publication Business Insider.

The authors of the publication The 35 Most Powerful Militaries In The World not only provided information in a convenient way, but also noted leaders in certain “areas”. So, the world leader in the size of the military budget is unconditionally the USA with defense expenditures in the amount of 612,5 billion dollars. The same country belongs to the leadership in the field of aviation (13683 aircraft) and aircraft carrier fleet (10 aircraft carriers). As a result, the United States is in the first place ranking.

Russia ranked second and also leads in some indicators. In service with the Russian army there are 15 thousands of tanks - more than anyone else. In addition, Busines Insider journalists took on such courage and supplemented the GFP rating data with information on countries' nuclear arsenals. According to their calculations, Russia has 8484 nuclear ammunition of various classes and types.

The top three are China's leading man in the field of human resources. Theoretically, 749,6 million people could be called up to the Chinese army. In addition, it is necessary to note the growing military budget of China, which, according to Business Insider, is second only to the US and has already reached 126 billion dollars.

An interesting fact is that in the table from the article “35 of the strongest armies in the world”, the leadership in one of the points was left for a small and not too militarily powerful country. The DPRK occupies the 35 line in the GFP ranking and its updated version from Business Insider. Despite such a low position, the North Korean Navy is the world leader in the submarine fleet: according to available data, they have 78 submarines of various types. However, global leadership in such a field did not help North Korea rise above the 35 spot.

The Global Firepower Index rating, despite the fact that it was published several months ago, is still of some interest. Due to the complexity of the assessment methodology, which takes into account a large number of various factors, this rating can be considered sufficiently objective and shows an approximate picture of the real situation in the military field. In addition, it should be noted that he can please the Russian reader, since our country has taken one of the first places in it and has bypassed almost all other countries counted in the rating. The publication in the Business Insider publication, in turn, reminds of the GFP ranking and makes it possible to feel pride in the Russian armed forces again.

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  1. Rambiaka
    Rambiaka 15 July 2014 09: 14
    Again, empty talk about the number of weapons. People are at war! But Russian people are fighting selflessly !!!
    1. Army1
      Army1 15 July 2014 09: 45
      Russia has only 141 combat helicopters. lol Of course nonsense. All information about quantity and quality is secret.
      1. Sunjar
        Sunjar 15 July 2014 10: 28
        It still does not take into account that in the event of an attempt to occupy Russia, even children will take up arms, and along the way they will slaughter the enemy everywhere.
        1. asadov
          asadov 15 July 2014 17: 03
          I agree, it's hard to understand who is stronger. Wars are different and the goals of wars, too.
        2. Patton5
          Patton5 15 July 2014 22: 47
          allows you to again feel pride in the Russian armed forces.

          1992 2 880 000 people> 2014 766 thousand people
          number of tanks 20,6 thousand> 15,5 thousand
          BMP / BTR 29,3 thousand> 27,6 thousand
          on the air force it is necessary to look, in short, and it is so clear that >>>>>> 3082 aircraft
          and so in all respects ..... I feel proud, and you?
          I thank heaven that the trend began to change, thanks to GDP and to all who work for the good of the MOTHERLAND!
          1. Tony bullet
            Tony bullet 16 July 2014 11: 08
            You are of course right about the decline in the number of armed forces, but where does Putin come again? did he lead the country in 1992? IMHO Putin and KO in recent years only increases the power of the Russian army
      2. Genych
        Genych 15 July 2014 10: 34
        This is only 141 percussion, and another 973 multi-purpose.
      3. Panikovsky
        Panikovsky 15 July 2014 10: 47
        Quote: Army1
        Russia has only 141 combat helicopters. lol Of course nonsense. All information about quantity and quality is secret.

        Obviously, I mean drums Mi-28 and Ka-52, because Mi-24 is still multi-purpose, and the amount is from open sources.
    2. LaGlobal
      LaGlobal 15 July 2014 10: 27
      You cannot praise yourself - no one will! And yet not a single country in the world is at war with the whole world, as our “undoubted Western” partner does. ”Anyway, this lawlessness will end soon ...
    3. Beck
      Beck 15 July 2014 12: 08
      Quote: Rambiaka
      But Russian people are fighting selflessly !!!

      Selflessly sing songs, compose music, perform hymns.

      Fighting selflessly.
    4. neri73-r
      neri73-r 15 July 2014 21: 06
      The last line in the list from Business Insider is DPRK.

      Everything, you can not read further!
  2. Ingvar 72
    Ingvar 72 15 July 2014 09: 17
    Another comparison is thicker. laughing From my point of view, the decisive role is played by the motivation of the fighters, and not their number. The quantity and quality of equipment certainly plays an important role, but you can only use these advantages in the desert. The Americans remember the lessons of Vietnam, and because of this, they did not even climb to Serbia on foot. hi
    1. velikoros-xnumx
      velikoros-xnumx 15 July 2014 22: 30
      Quote: Ingvar 72
      Another comparison is thicker. laughing From my point of view, the decisive role is played by the motivation of the fighters, and not their number.

      the North American Indians were very motivated ... we remember the result.
  3. Dazdranagon
    Dazdranagon 15 July 2014 09: 25
    - the assessment does not take into account nuclear weapons;
    - the assessment takes into account the geographical features of the state;
    - the assessment takes into account not only the number of weapons and equipment;
    - the assessment takes into account the production and consumption of certain resources;
    - States that do not have access to the sea, do not receive penalty points for the absence of the Navy;
    - For the limited capabilities of the military fleet, a fine is imposed;
    - The assessment does not take into account the peculiarities of the political and military leadership of the country.
    - that says it all! You can think of a way to assess where Papua New Guinea will take the first place ...
    1. Duke
      Duke 15 July 2014 11: 32
      Quote: Dazdranagon
      that says it all! You can think of a way to assess where Papua New Guinea will take the first place ...

      I completely agree with you. Not very objective assessments.
  4. erased
    erased 15 July 2014 09: 32
    the assessment does not take into account the particularities of the political and military leadership of the country ...

    Very good indicator! You can have at least some army, but if it and the government do not protect their people, then for hell then they are generally needed ?! In Russia, aggressors from abroad are already killing people, and the authorities cannot even meow!
    If the dog does not bark or bite the thieves and killers, they drive it away. But where do we get another dog? Then can drive someone away?
    1. zvereok
      zvereok 15 July 2014 10: 54
      Quote: erased
      But where do we get another dog?

      "If not he, then the Cat" (c).
  5. Andrey from Tver
    Andrey from Tver 15 July 2014 09: 32
    The opinion of one of the Blackwater employees about mercenaries and regular armed formations - or the opinion of strangers about us, the Slavs.
    8. African tribes. It’s not even interesting to fight them. They shoot randomly, they don’t know about targeted shooting. Often they spar their own kind of legs into the ground. It’s a common thing to get into your own. Run away to the side after several casualties or a shot from the tank. Rating - meat.
    7. African regulars.
    They differ from their wild counterparts only in the presence of their uniforms and modest skills of aimed shooting. They are combat-ready against savages, but a clash with a more capable opponent, even Arabs, leads them to panic and flight. They do not know how to act in harmony with armored vehicles in principle. Rating - meat in packaging.
    6. Arabs. Mercenaries, rebels, many regulars ... The concepts of tactics and strategies for them are as far away as the charms of Samantha Fox to the average fag from the banks of the Senna. Their war is to shoot cartridges of ammunition towards the enemy, while calling into the bar and periodically blowing themselves up to all that kind of hand falls. However, the latter does not apply to regulars, they are relatively silent and disciplined, they know how to use grenades. Cowardly, but not alarmists.
    Rating is a convenient target.
    5. American regulars. How many films were made about the invincible American army ... There is only one BUT. The Yankees absolutely do not know how to fight without artillery training, tanks and airstrikes. If the territory has not been scorched to a state of a deserted desert, the soldiers will not go there. And if they go, then they don’t come back. They shoot very well, are perfectly coordinated, but they are shy before any resistance. Then they become easy prey. Losses are going through hard, up to a complete loss of combat effectiveness. Underpants. Rating - biting dogs.
  6. Andrey from Tver
    Andrey from Tver 15 July 2014 09: 32
    4. American mercenaries. Nice fighters. They are able to act both as a team and alone, beautiful arrows. There are desperate individuals with whom it is sometimes difficult to cope. But they have a very weak point - morality. And the lack of motivation, except money. The corpse does not need money, so most of them do not go to where it is very hot. And in every possible way they avoid the first line of fire. Dogs of war, if you evaluate.
    3. Asians. I did not encounter regulars. Mercenaries are capable of delivering an excruciating headache to any enemy. If they act in a group. What is in their head is unclear, but they are capable of any recklessness. They shoot beautifully, often they act from an ambush into which the enemy falls according to a cunning plan. Asians do not give a damn about the support of equipment, aircraft and shells. They do not care if there are cartridges or not. The main thing is the presence of brothers. But alone, alas, they become useless. Rating - army of the emperor.
    2. Caucasians and Afghans. Strong warriors. Great arrows. Hardy, brave. They know how to act in groups, alone, motivated and insidious. In battle, they act competently, they know how to tactics and strategy. They are not afraid of equipment and airstrikes, they act effectively from ambushes. They have the only weak point - they are unable to fight to the last breath, a rare fighter is able to sacrifice himself for the sake of a common victory. Unless he is a martyr, but that’s a completely different story ... Rating - real Fighters.
    1. Russians. To oppose a platoon of Russian mercenaries is a fierce, bloody pi ... c.
    They fight to the end, to the last bullet, and when the ammunition runs out they use everything at hand. Mortally wounded a Russian? Do not touch him, most likely before his death, he squeezed a grenade without a check. Russians are inventive, have great intuition. And ... Pohuists. Has the plane arrived? Fuck ... knock down a sapper blade. Tank? Poh ... if your hands are not broken. Fighters who have never held SVD at a critical moment are able to get out of it at the limit of range. And poh ... that it was the last cartridge, they will beat the enemy with the rifle itself. Tactics and strategy? Easy! By any composition, from the army to the half-dead cripple, holding alone the company of the enemy ... Russians, even mercenaries, are not able to retreat. And if you retreat - be sure, they just run after the cartridges.
    All of the above applies to the army, who are more or less fired. However, for this, in most cases, a single clash is enough ... Rating - Warriors.
    1. Jack122
      Jack122 15 July 2014 11: 20
      All these stories are written by Russians. Do you really like to praise yourself? Why write "laudatory odes" to Russian soldiers on behalf of supposedly American mercenaries?)) "Russians are a terrible nation. They do three things best in the world. They drink, fight and attribute beautiful phrases about themselves to foreign politicians" (c) Roosevelt
      1. Rider
        Rider 15 July 2014 13: 03
        Quote: Jack122
        "The Russians are a terrible nation. They are the best in the world to do three things. They drink, fight and attribute beautiful phrases about themselves to foreign politicians" (c) Roosevelt

        ah well done!

        definitely in the quote box.

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      3. wei
        wei 16 July 2014 01: 29
        something like laughing
    2. Wolka
      Wolka 15 July 2014 14: 13
      analysis is a good human talent, but let me find out where such awareness of the psychotypes of warriors comes from, especially ethnic less often nationality ... hi
      1. Andrey from Tver
        Andrey from Tver 15 July 2014 14: 51
        Quote: Volka
        analysis is a good human talent, but let me find out where such awareness of the psychotypes of warriors comes from, especially ethnic less often nationality ...

        Took it here:
        ckwater-o-naemnikah-i-regulyarny? utm_campaign = transit & utm_source = main & utm_medium
        = page_0 & pad = 1
  7. Evgan
    Evgan 15 July 2014 09: 34
    And yet, while the guns are silent, this statistic is important. The different ratio in our and the US armed forces in armored vehicles and aircraft is striking.
    SVAROGE 15 July 2014 09: 48
    And where is the BASIS - the nuclear potential ...?!
  9. Standard Oil
    Standard Oil 15 July 2014 09: 48
    The Americans have a wonderful geographical position and the world's strongest fleet. I doubt that anyone will even get to their territory, although for Russia, if it really squeezes, theoretically, this is possible through the Bering Strait, though this will be a nightmare of the logistics service .Although the US Army can quite adequately answer on its own land. Although with nuclear weapons, I doubt that a full-scale war is possible at all. For the losing side must use it. Yes, and the Americans have The rich experience of the collapse of opponents from the inside will be used by him.
  10. Prapor Afonya
    Prapor Afonya 15 July 2014 10: 17
    Quote: Rambiaka
    Again, empty talk about the number of weapons. People are at war! But Russian people are fighting selflessly !!!

    That's for sure! And yet, when comparing the size of the armies, I forget the simple fact that the Russian army is urgent, and in connection with this important fact, every second man in Russia knows how to use a machine gun and some other kind of entertaining army device, on the basis of this we can conclude that the army , this is the army of the first echelon, and to mobilize and train the rest of the population is not difficult, and this is not counting the Russian fighting spirit!
  11. Temer
    Temer 15 July 2014 10: 32
    In my opinion, a very dubious rating. The mentality of the people and the historical component are not taken into account at all.
  12. X Y Z
    X Y Z 15 July 2014 10: 34
    What I like about the endless American ratings is the fact that in the current situation and the state of affairs, the USA almost always leads them or is in the top three. As you know, no matter how the voters vote, it is important who and how will count their votes. If you believe the American ratings, the F-16 is a cut above the AKM, and Sabers shot down the MIG-15 in a ratio of 10/1. In my opinion, it is more reminiscent of self-hypnosis to justify their own chosenness.
  13. Dmitry 2246
    Dmitry 2246 15 July 2014 10: 36
    It is pleasant to note that this year our population has increased sharply by 2.5 million Russians in the Crimea.
    And, as a bonus, the second unsinkable aircraft carrier controlling the Black Sea and surrounding countries.
  14. thinker
    thinker 15 July 2014 10: 49
    The Russian military budget is $ 76,6 billion.
    US military budget - $ 612,5 billion

    With such a difference in budgets, Russia has second place!
    The source is an excellent visual table. There is nuclear potential.
    Quote: SVAROGE
    And where is the BASIS - the nuclear potential ...?!

  15. stas-xnumx
    stas-xnumx 15 July 2014 10: 52
    For today, it seems to me, we still lack one and the main moment, this is an idea, a goal, or something else, in general, something that is able to unite, half of the "managers" will scream from the ship at a difficult moment ... there will be no whiskey, foreign cars, and 5-star military tents ... but trenches, bullets, often bad food, etc.
    1. yastr
      yastr 15 July 2014 14: 42
      At all times, this idea and goal was to destroy the invaders and, as a result, "a shield on their gates."
  16. Tektor
    Tektor 15 July 2014 10: 56
    The peculiarity of the military power of the states is that without control of the sea transport routes, they lose it ... All the power rests on the supply ships (high-speed vehicles). Blocking a few bottlenecks, and everything will be different.
  17. Draz
    Draz 15 July 2014 11: 14
    The whole rating is about nothing, even China, even India, even though the United States will call upon the service of millions, what will they eat? The soldier is not a student, the soldier’s daily allowance is 2-3 times the civil norm in terms of kcal. And food is just the very first thing that comes to mind.
  18. Dmitry Fedotov
    Dmitry Fedotov 15 July 2014 11: 18
    Excellent rating "sarcasm"
    Once again, the air defense forces are not taken into account, and the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation have the best air defense in the world and what size the aircraft are in question if they simply will be shot down. And so everything is all right and not in essence.
    I will end with the words of the great man G.K. Zhukova "Severe grief awaits a country that is unable to repel an air strike»
  19. papa-billy
    papa-billy 15 July 2014 11: 20
    Good article, a lot of interesting calculations.
  20. Starshina wmf
    Starshina wmf 15 July 2014 11: 28
  21. shoulder
    shoulder 15 July 2014 11: 38
    I doubt that in the US or PRC army there are such statements of the commanders' fathers as: "Knocked down, fight on your knees, you cannot stand, lie down, step on" V. Margelov. The Red Army is the strongest of all ... BUT "749,6 million people can be drafted into the Chinese army" ... Tsuka is alarmed, do not relax.
  22. Roland60135
    Roland60135 15 July 2014 11: 40
    21 place in Ukraine? Hard to believe ... the combat effectiveness of the army is extremely low. Fighting battalions of mercenaries. The army in Crimea surrendered, unable to resist. Ukrostrategi are capable of mass destruction of infrastructure and civilians shelling in squares. All Soviet equipment, without modernization and repair. And here already 21 place !!! In such ratings, the main thing should be the ability of a soldier to fight - skill, overcoming deprivation, survival in various climatic conditions !! And immediately the rating will be different
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  24. combat192
    combat192 15 July 2014 12: 51
    There is such a historical joke about how during the Second World War someone (perhaps Vyacheslav Molotov) told Stalin that it would be nice to include in the anti-Hitler coalition ... the Vatican, since it has undeniable authority among millions of Catholics living in all countries of the world. To which Stalin sarcastically asked: "How many divisions does the Vatican have?"
  25. Makarov
    Makarov 15 July 2014 12: 58
    Pitchfork on water)
    1. Tumbler
      Tumbler 15 July 2014 13: 20
      Quote: Makarov
      Pitchfork on water)

      Rather - Waggle on water!
  26. padonok.71
    padonok.71 15 July 2014 13: 15
    Do not go in for hats (it can work like with the Finns). They say that a Russian soldier is capable of winning a battalion of amers with one slingshot. I had experience working with am. mariners. They are persistent, very competent fighters. Disciplined and "patched" by the very nimag. Amers have an amazing supply / rear service. Excellent supply, equipment. Yes, I agree, in everyday life / everyday life this is a bitter sadness, but they are trainable.
    Although, its section .... and closer. Himself so.
    PS: "minus", but you have to tell the truth.
  27. Wolka
    Wolka 15 July 2014 14: 06
    quantitative indicators of military power are not a determining factor, much depends on the level of preparedness of personnel ... hi
  28. justKyr
    justKyr 15 July 2014 14: 33
    The total number of aircraft in the armed forces is 3082 units. Of these, 736 fighters, 1289 attack aircraft, 730 military transport aircraft, 303 training aircraft, as well as 973 multi-purpose and 114 attack helicopters

    very interesting information --- we have even less of them .... where do these numbers come from? Sikorsky went to America ..... in Russia, by default, helicopters were not produced ..... we do not have them)))))) .... only helicopters)))
  29. scorpiosys
    scorpiosys 15 July 2014 15: 03
    "This is one aircraft carrier, four frigates," Since when have cruisers become frigates? The arrangement of countries in places is also depressing, bullshit! Too many "experts" were involved for analysis. As A. Raikin said: - One takes the measure, the other cuts, the third inserts, and no one is responsible for diction. The complex method. "But on us, the Russians, the complex method does not apply at all.
  30. PSih2097
    PSih2097 15 July 2014 15: 04
    This is one aircraft carrier, four frigates, 13 destroyers, 74 corvettes, 63 submarines and 65 coast guard ships. Mine-sweeping forces are represented by 34 ships.

    I don’t understand something, they call it frigates (project 1144 "Orlan".)?

    and this destroyer (project 1164 code "Atlas")?

    Then what is they called a cruiser ???
    1. Patton5
      Patton5 15 July 2014 22: 18
      They have no concept of a cruiser!
      1. PSih2097
        PSih2097 16 July 2014 04: 05
        then what is it (Ticonderoga-class of guided-missile cruisers missile cruisers ???
  31. Aleks K
    Aleks K 15 July 2014 16: 09
    The main thing is not only quantity, but also quality, and of course the person himself, in whose hands it is all in use. But we Slavs do not occupy it. And not the first time already.
  32. scorpiosys
    scorpiosys 15 July 2014 16: 41
    This is a wonderful Russian-American-Russian translation. In our time it was called - a damaged phone.
  33. Vladimir73
    Vladimir73 15 July 2014 17: 03
    Cool article !! At least it is very vividly seen how the world around is perceived by the compilers of these ratings - some work with consultants, analysts, "shovel" open sources, while others simply using their data, slightly changing the methodology, make up their vision of the world. And all this is passed off as serious analytics? good
    Let them think so further. To some extent, it’s easier for us. URA-patriots will be proud, realists - who are outraged, who will understand that not all military secrets are published in the open press and will be happy for the country. If the enemy underestimates us, this is probably good - when you climb and get on the neck there will be more shock. If you overestimate it, you will always be afraid (and your own fears are the worst) of the worst, which will limit the initiative of the enemy, and we will be given time to recover and respond properly ...
    It seems something like this .... request
  34. Cossack Ermak
    Cossack Ermak 15 July 2014 17: 27
    Where is Belarus? As here, foaming at the mouth, argued one comrade "possessing the strongest army in Europe"?
    1. Kerzhak
      Kerzhak 15 July 2014 20: 52
      Haha three times.
  35. Deadmen
    Deadmen 15 July 2014 17: 30
    The rating is a conditional thing. It does not display everything that is zanyKano. And Russia is a resourceful people.
  36. teascher
    teascher 15 July 2014 17: 49
    an interesting question: the external debt of the United States is 15,9 trillion dollars, Russia - 631,8 billion dollars, China - close to 729 billion dollars, England - 10,09 trillion dollars, India - close to 379 billion. request and to whom do they all owe it - what if Ukraine? wassat
  37. damirez
    damirez 15 July 2014 17: 51
    where does the external debt of the country come from - 631,8 billion dollars?
  38. Beck
    Beck 15 July 2014 18: 13
    Quote: damirez
    where does the external debt of the country come from - 631,8 billion dollars?

    Here, probably, the author’s confusion has occurred. Not external debt, internal debt is likely. America, in public order, does not borrow from anyone, it is borrowed by others.

    As far as I know and as far as I understand about domestic debt.

    At one time, in the election campaign, Nixon promised a lot of things to the American people. Well, they chose him. It was necessary to fulfill, if not all, then at least part of his promises, and there was no money in the treasury for populist election projects.

    It was then that the Nixon government turned to the FRS (analogue of the central bank) with a request to give him, the government, money in "debt". The Fed agreed and, without hesitation, printed the required amount of money - several billion. After Nixon, subsequent presidents began to make the same practice. So the amount of tens of trillions has accumulated. And in fact, this is the left pocket of your jacket should be right.

    Other countries later adopted this practice to finance their programs. The result is now all countries with large and not very domestic debts. That is, they must themselves.

    Something like that.
  39. Free Island
    Free Island 15 July 2014 18: 21
    Of course, the Russian army is stronger than everyone in the world, but for some reason recently it hasn’t been able to defeat three Bandera-right-wing security men who shoot from our country’s old farts at the border with the Rostov Region .. we don’t really need such an army to dissolve ... let squeals tease at home. And not ... the army, we need videos to shoot about its power, to participate in the tank biathlon and in air shows .. well, once a year across the square at the Victory Day parade to stomp ... okay, let it be ... come in handy though no sense from her yet
  40. VSC
    VSC 15 July 2014 19: 17
    Yes, there is no army either in the USA or in Russia, and indeed in Europe there is only an army in Switzerland. All other countries rely on rapid reaction forces, that is, special forces. There is nothing to say about the mattresses after the statement of the officer of their fleet, "we did not come to the army to risk our lives." - FINISH.
  41. RSU
    RSU 15 July 2014 20: 14
    And then what place was England?
  42. Kerzhak
    Kerzhak 15 July 2014 20: 50
    The rating is delusional.
    1. If the DPRK army is the worst, then why so much fuss about the DPRK?
    2. If the army of Ukraine cannot cope with the army of Novorossia, then what does this mean that the army of Novorossia is stronger than the army of Iran, which is lower in the rating of the army of Ukraine?
    In general, nonsense.
    1. Zerkalo
      Zerkalo 15 July 2014 22: 07
      Need criteria for evaluation. They picked up their own. It’s ridiculous, because 700 million people in China will not even arm the MSL. There is no sense in such a breakthrough. But this is a reserve. You must not underestimate it. And about Ukraine, so there, if we consider the dry statistics, then the army is not bad. Engineering, aviation, navy. One parachute for two ... (joke). My opinion, just keep this fact in mind for analysts, for example, debts, oil consumption and the gold and foreign exchange reserve - these are important data!
  43. silberwolf88
    silberwolf88 15 July 2014 21: 28
    Like any rating ... everything is very arbitrary and limited (for example, without taking into account the nuclear potential) ... it just gives a picture ... especially good in mobilization capabilities ...
  44. freerider
    freerider 15 July 2014 22: 48
    another discovery laughing
  45. todaygoodday
    todaygoodday 15 July 2014 23: 07
    Rating is about nothing. As they say, someone * is longer *.
  46. ioann1
    ioann1 16 July 2014 01: 14
    Americans really like to compete, who has more. A very significant fact that Russia does not need such demonstrative figures. Everything should be justified and concise. And yet, as they say, for quality driving, you need a quality gasket between the steering wheel and the seat. For all its might, the Americans have a spirit of lust and debauchery, cowardice and cynicism. For Russians, the memory of the Russian soul is the memory of great ancestors. The heroic path of the people under the leadership of the great commanders! And the Americans, having a huge army and navy, have very dubious degenerative personnel.
  47. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 16 July 2014 01: 21
    Of course, the rating did not include "combat stability". It is no secret that the US unit loses its combat effectiveness with 5% irrecoverable losses. Russian - you know, retains combat effectiveness if 5% is left. What rating would you put it in?
  48. project sity
    project sity 18 July 2014 06: 59
    You can read for fun) and so generally boring. It’s for sure that Russia had only 114 attack helicopterscomplete nonsense
  49. waggish
    waggish 19 July 2014 16: 59
    I am glad that we are not there !!!!!!!!!!!!