The Egyptian Army is the largest service within the Egyptian Armed Forces, with about 340,000 troops excluding reserved forces. It formed the second biggest contingent of allied troops, which were deployed in Operation Desert Storm. Egypt has a population of 88,487,396 with 468,500 of them on active duty and 800,000 on reserves. The nation holds 1,107 air crafts, 4,624 tanks, and 245 naval vessels, all of which are a very large amount.
Budget: $4.4 billion
Active frontline personnel: 468,500
Total aircraft: 1,107
The Islamic Republic of Iran Army acronymed AJA, simply known as the IR Army, Iranian Army or Artesh, is the “conventional military of Iran” and part of Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran. One of the most threatening countries on earth, especially due to their work towards a nuclear bomb. While the United States considered Iran to be one of the biggest threats, Iran has made itself very prepared for any form of engagement with other Middle Eastern nations or any Western ones.
Budget: $2.037 billion
Active frontline personnel: 545,000
Total aircraft: 479
Turkey’s armed forces are one of the largest in the eastern Mediterranean. Although lacking an aircraft carrier, only five countries on Credit Suisse’s list have more submarines than Turkey. Turkey, the most powerful Muslim country in the world has the 8th most powerful military. Current military capabilities and available firepower for the nation of Turkey.
Budget: $18.2 billion
Active frontline personnel: 612,900
Total aircraft: 1,020
The Pakistan Army was formed in 1947 after independence from the British Empire. Pakistan has the seventh-largest military force in the region. Pakistan’s land goes back to the cradle of civilization with many rounds of cultures and ancient populations. Today, Pakistan has 199,085,847 people within its borders. They have 617,000 active soldiers and 515,000 reserves.
Budget: $8.7 billion
Active frontline personnel: 617,000
Total aircraft: 914
6. South Korea
The South Korean Army was formed in 1948 after the division of Korea into two nations. The Republic of Korea Army (ROK Army) is the ground-based force of the South Korean armed forces. South Korea has a population capable of mustering only 25,609,290 soldiers, smallest of any nation ranked in the top ten. The government allocates much of the fiscal budget to the military and the constant upgrade of its ranks. Today, the Republic of Korea has 653,000 active soldiers and 2,900,000 reservists.
Budget: $62.3 billion
Active frontline personnel: 653,000
Total aircraft: 1,412
5. North Korea
The Korean People’s Army is an institution of the Workers’ Party of Korea and constitutes the de facto military force of North Korea. North Korea so unique is not only the fact that they are a socialist state that is entirely run by one leader but the fact that they have a very large number of active and reserve duty personnel – 1,106,000 active and 4,500,000 to be exact.
Budget: $10 billion
Active frontline personnel: 1,106,000
Total aircraft: 944
The Ground Forces of the Russian Federation or the Russian Army is the major component of the Armed Forces of Russia. The Russian Army was established in May 1992, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The ground force is controlled by the Ministry of Defence (MoD). Russia’s army is stronger than 124 other nations in the world. They overpower most nations in the number of military tools they have personnel –1,200,000 active service members and 2,485,000 reservists.
Budget: $70 billion
Active frontline personnel: 1,200,000
Total aircraft: 3,429
The Indian Army, constituting of 1.1 million troops, is one of the largest armies in the world. Commanded by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), the army employs a regimental system divided into mountain divisions and infantry divisions, as well as armoured and mechanized divisions. There are 1,325,000 active soldiers and 2,143,000 reservists. India also has 1,905 air crafts and 6,464 tanks.
Budget: $50 billion
Active frontline personnel: 1,325,000
Total aircraft: 1,905
The US Army is one of the three military departments (army, navy and air force) working under the Department of Defence. It is mainly composed of active and reserve components. The spending budget in the United States on the military is the highest and is only getting higher (it jumped up after September 11th, 2001, naturally). The current population of the United States is 321,368,864 of which 1,400,000 are active frontline personnel and 1,100,000 are reservists.
Budget: $601 billion
Active frontline personnel: 1,400,000
Total aircraft: 13,892
The People’s Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF) of China is the world’s biggest army, deploying about 1.25 million active troops. Established in August 1927, the PLAGF is one of the major military divisions of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). There are 22 provinces in China, while the Central Military Commission is in charge of the entire country. The military budget in China is the largest in the world. They currently have 2,285,000 active frontline personnel and 2,300,000 reservists. China also holds 3,429 air crafts and 15,398 tanks.
Budget: $215.7 billion
Active frontline personnel: 2,285,000
Total aircraft: 3,429