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40 most powerful military nations of 2016

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Using over 50 factors to determine a country’s Power Index, the Global Firepower 2016 list ranks the most powerful military nations in the world. The list comprises a balanced collection of 126 advanced and lesser developed nations, based on several factors like their geographical location, natural resource reliance, arsenal strength, and current economic health. It must be noted that nuclear capability and current political/military leadership is not taken into account. Also, land-locked nations are not penalized for not having a standing navy.

Given below are the 40 most powerful military nations, according to the list, as of Feb. 2, 2016.

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40. Philippines

Population: 100,998,376

Reaching military age annually: 2,100,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 220,000/430,000

Aircraft: 135

Tanks: 45

Naval strength: 120

39. Denmark

Population: 5,581,503

Reaching military age annually: 75,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 25,000/63,000

Aircraft: 74

Tanks: 57

Naval strength: 90

38. Spain

Population: 48,146,134

Reaching military age annually: 423,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 125,000/16,200

Aircraft: 540

Tanks: 327

Naval strength: 46

37. The Netherlands

Population: 16,947,904

Reaching military age annually: 202,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 50,000/32,200

Aircraft: 164

Tanks: 0

Naval strength: 56

36. North Korea 

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Population: 24,983,205

Reaching military age annually: 415,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 700,000/4,500,000

Aircraft: 944

Tanks: 4,200

Naval strength: 1,061

35. Malaysia

Population: 30,513,848

Reaching military age annually: 520,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 110,000/296,500

Aircraft: 227

Tanks: 74

Naval strength: 61

34. Austria

Population: 8,665,550

Reaching military age annually: 95,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 30,000/27,000

Aircraft: 125

Tanks: 56

Naval strength: n/a

33. Norway

Population: 5,207,689

Reaching military age annually: 65,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 26,500/45,250

Aircraft: 104

Tanks: 52

Naval strength: 62

32. South Africa

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Population: 53,675,563

Reaching military age annually: 965,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 89,000/17,100

Aircraft: 212

Tanks: 195

Naval strength: 30

31. Mexico

Population: 121,736,809

Reaching military age annually: 2,175,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 270,000/76,500

Aircraft: 400

Tanks: 0

Naval strength: 143

30. Switzerland

Population: 8,121,830

Reaching military age annually: 90,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 140,000/77,000

Aircraft: 185

Tanks: 224

Naval strength: n/a

29. Czech Republic

Population: 10,644,842

Reaching military age annually: 98,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 21,100/11,000

Aircraft: 114

Tanks: 123

Naval strength: n/a

28. Saudi Arabia

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Population: 27,752,316

Reaching military age annually: 510,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 235,000/25,000

Aircraft: 722

Tanks: 1,210

Naval strength: 55

27. Algeria

Population: 39,542,166

Reaching military age annually: 675,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 512,000/400,000

Aircraft: 451

Tanks: 975

Naval strength: 60

26. Singapore

Population: 5,674,472

Reaching military age annually: 53,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 72,000/950,000

Aircraft: 262

Tanks: 212

Naval strength: 40

25. Ukraine

Population: 44,429,471

Reaching military age annually: 482,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 160,000/1,000,000

Aircraft: 234

Tanks: 2,809

Naval strength: 25

24. Sweden

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Population: 9,801,616

Reaching military age annually: 110,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 14,000/26,000

Aircraft: 228

Tanks: 120

Naval strength: 313

23. Iran

Population: 81,824,270

Reaching military age annually: 1,400,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 545,000/1,800,000

Aircraft: 479

Tanks: 1,658

Naval strength: 397

22. Brazil

Population: 204,259,812

Reaching military age annually: 3,410,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 330,000/1,800,000

Aircraft: 735

Tanks: 486

Naval strength: 113

21. Vietnam

Population: 94,348,835

Reaching military age annually: 1,640,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 415,000/5,040,000

Aircraft: 289

Tanks: 1,470

Naval strength: 65

20. Thailand

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Population: 67,976,405

Reaching military age annually: 1,045,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 310,000/245,000

Aircraft: 551

Tanks: 722

Naval strength: 81

19. Poland

Population: 38,562,189

Reaching military age annually: 435,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 120,000/515,000

Aircraft: 461

Tanks: 1,009

Naval strength: 83

18. Egypt

Population: 88,487,396

Reaching military age annually: 1,535,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 470,000/800,000

Aircraft: 1,133

Tanks: 4,624

Naval strength: 245

17. Pakistan

Population: 199,085,847

Reaching military age annually: 4,345,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 620,000/515,000

Aircraft: 923

Tanks: 2,924

Naval strength: 74

16. Italy

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Population: 61,855,120

Reaching military age annually: 570,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 320,000/42,000

Aircraft: 785

Tanks: 586

Naval strength: 174

15. Taiwan

Population: 23,415,126

Reaching military age annually: 325,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 300,000/1,675,000

Aircraft: 815

Tanks: 2,005

Naval strength: 102

14. Canada

Population: 35,099,836

Reaching military age annually: 425,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 95,000/51,000

Aircraft: 426

Tanks: 181

Naval strength: 63

13. Australia

Population: 22,751,014

Reaching military age annually: 280,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 60,000/44,240

Aircraft: 417

Tanks: 59

Naval strength: 52

12. Indonesia

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Population: 255,993,674

Reaching military age annually: 4,500,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 476,000/400,000

Aircraft: 420

Tanks: 468

Naval strength: 171

11. Israel

Population: 8,049,314

Reaching military age annually: 122,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 160,000/630,000

Aircraft: 681

Tanks: 4,170

Naval strength: 66

10. Turkey

Population: 79,414,269

Reaching military age annually: 1,375,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 410,500/185,630

Aircraft: 1,007

Tanks: 3,778

Naval strength: 115

9. Japan

Population: 126,919,659

Reaching military age annually: 1,215,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 250,000/57,900

Aircraft: 1,590

Tanks: 678

Naval strength: 131

8. Germany

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Population: 80,854,408

Reaching military age annually: 791,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 180,000/145,000

Aircraft: 676

Tanks: 408

Naval strength: 81

7. South Korea

Population: 49,115,196

Reaching military age annually: 690,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 625,000/2,900,000

Aircraft: 1,451

Tanks: 2,381

Naval strength: 166

6. France

Population: 66,553,766

Reaching military age annually: 775,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 205,000/195,770

Aircraft: 1,282

Tanks: 423

Naval strength: 113

5. United Kingdom

Population: 64,088,222

Reaching military age annually: 750,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 150,000/182,000

Aircraft: 879

Tanks: 407

Naval strength: 66

4. India

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Population: 1,251,695,584

Reaching military age annually: 22,900,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 1,325,000/2,143,000

Aircraft: 2,086

Tanks: 6,464

Naval strength: 202

3. China

Population: 1,367,485,388

Reaching military age annually: 19,550,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 2,335,000/2,300,000

Aircraft: 2,942

Tanks: 9,150

Naval strength: 673

2. Russia

Population: 142,423,773

Reaching military age annually: 1,355,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 766,055/2,485,000

Aircraft: 3,547

Tanks: 15,398

Naval strength: 352

1. United States of America

Population: 321,368,864

Reaching military age annually: 4,220,000

Active frontline personnel/reserve personnel: 1,400,000/ 1,100,000

Aircraft: 13,444

Tanks: 8,848

Naval strength: 473

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