In today’s article we will discuss the Top Five Armies of The World. We decided this list on the basis of size of defense budget, number of active military members, number of tanks and armored vehicles, number of aircraft and helicopters, and number of naval craft.Most countries like to boast of their military prowess but not all can back up their claim as one of the best in the world with data and numbers. However, after the calculations were completed, the top ten were easily visible as the most powerful militaries in the world.
Top Five Armies of the World
Following are the top five armies of the world
At number one in the top five armies of the world is US army. United States has a very long history, it all started back in 1775. It presently has 1,4 million soldiers on active duty, and has the second largest active duty force ranking only behind China. However, the defense budget is what really sets the U.S. apart from all other countries on the list. With a budget of over $689 billion, its budget exceeds all other military budgets on this list combined by nearly $300 billion. The U.S. also has the largest number of aircraft and helicopters by far with just over 21,000 and barely skirts ahead of China in the number of tanks and armored vehicles.
At number two in our list of top five armies of the world we have China. The People’s Liberation Army of China was founded in 1927 and has the largest active duty force in the world with nearly 2.3 million serving. It has the second largest defense budget of more than $129 billion.Even though there is technically a requirement for military service, the military has never had an issue with maintaining a large force through volunteers. Therefore, a draft system is not currently in effect.
We have the Russian Army at number three in our list of top five armies of the world. Russian army was founded in 1992, although Russian military history dates back to early 863.All male citizens between the ages of 18 and 27 are drafted for military service for a period of 12 months. There are some exceptions including being a student or the parent of two or more children.Russia currently has over 1.2 million active duty military members and operates under a budget of more than $64 billion dollars. It has more than double the number of aircraft and helicopters as China.Russia also has the largest number of nuclear warheads in the world, though not the most active.
Then in our list of 5, we have India at number four. The Indian military is over one million strong across four branches as well as paramilitary units. It is an all-volunteer force operating under of budget of more than $44 billion. While its aircraft and helicopter as well as tank and armored vehicle numbers rank it solidly in the middle of the list, it has the smallest naval craft fleet of the top ten. India is also estimated to have more than eighty nuclear warheads in its possession.
The last in our list of top five armies of the world we have North Korea. The Korean People’s Army includes five branches of service – ground force, navy, air force, special operations and strategic missile force. Its military is quite large with over one million on active duty. Combined with the staggering reserve force of over eight million, it has the largest military in the world.