Most countries in Africa have recently gained their independence. Still they have managed to build up significant military power. Learn which one has the highest.
Many countries in Africa are baring their teeth against each other. They grow their armies and fire power for self-defense. Our top 10 African countries with the highest military power list is not based on the volume of human reserves or armors possessed by each country. Annually this list is made by the Global Fire Power using over forty different criteria.
That is how they came up with their Power Index and their list of the African military rankings. This list includes 126 countries.
Egypt’s rank on the list is 18. The entire population of it amounts to 95 million with 1-3 of this number fit for the military service. Though, that is not the single aspect that has facilitated it and got it to the top of the top 10 strongest military in Africa with highest fire power. Here are some of the key stats to consider:
Defense budget: 7.9 billion dollarsActive recruits: 500 000
Power Index: 0.6122
Naval power: 245 (frigates, submarines, corvettes, etc.)
Air force: 1100 (trainer aircrafts, fighters, transport aircrafts, helicopters, etc.)
These facts and figures along with 400 thousand paramilitary recruits make Egypt a very significant military force and not only in Africa. Its military budget is one of the top resources in the world and the military is also one of the major ones.
With over 20 million people of available power and 10 billion defense budget Algeria follows Egypt on our list. Its global rank is 27. Algeria is also on a list of 40 most populated regions on the globe. Its armed force is the second largest in the region.
Defense budget: 10 billion dollars
Active recruits: 130 000
Power Index: 1.1698
Naval power: 60
Air force: 448 (trainer aircrafts, fighters, transport aircrafts, helicopters, etc.)
- South Africa
Global rank is 32. Notwithstanding the fact that South Africa is one of the leading economies of the region their investment in military sector is lesser than of its poorer neighbors. Total available men power amounts to 25 million. It takes the 24th place among the most crowded countries of the world.
Defense budget: 4.5 billion dollars
Fit for service: 14 million
Power Index: 1.3467
Naval power: 30
Air force: 209
Nigeria ranks first among African economies, but its global military power rank is 41. It is one of the most packed states of the world. It amazes by its available manpower – over 70 million people! The defense budget of Nigeria comes up to 2.3 billion dollars, which makes Nigerian military capabilities huge. Every year over 3.5 million people come into the age of being fit for soldierly service.
Defense budget: 2.3 billion dollars
Active recruits: 130000
Power Index: 1.5261
Naval power: 75
Air force: 98
The global rank of this African country is 46. Its total available manpower is 38 million people. Every year it gets 2 more million people suitable for service. Over the last decade its active recruit number was cut by half (from 400 000 people down to 180 000+). The Navy of this country ceased to exist in 1996.
Defense budget: 340 million
Active recruits: 182 000
Power Index: 1.3229
Naval power: 0
Tanks: 2300 + 800 armored vehicles
Air force: 81
In the list of the military ranking of countries it takes position number 49. Its available manpower consists of 17 million people. It has one of the largest army budgets in Africa. This country spends up to 14 percent of the entire annual income on military needs.
Defense budget: 3.4 billion dollars
Active recruits: 195 000
Power Index: 1.8635
Naval power: 121
Tanks: 1 215 + 2300 armored vehicles
Air force: 282
Its total available manpower amounts to almost 20 million people. Its global rank is 68. The populace of the country comes up to 45 million people. Yearly the state gets almost 900 000 persons fit for the service. The high budget and large population take Kenya high up on the top 10 strongest military in Africa with highest fire power list.
Defense budget: almost 600 million dollars
Active recruits: 24 000
Power Index: 1.6835
Naval power: 19
Tanks: 76 +591 armored vehicles
Air force: 127
t takes 58 position on the global list. The total fit for service number of people is over 4 million and available manpower is almost 6 million people. The population of this country is only 10 million, but its defense budget and manpower are significant.
Defense budget: 500 000 million dollars
Active recruits: 36000
Power Index: 1.4449
Naval power: 50
Tanks: 180 + 679 AFVs
Air force: 138
It ranks 76 on the global list of 126 countries. Its total available manpower amounts to little over 6 million. It has one of the top in African military budgets.
Defense budget: 4 billion dollars
Active recruits: 100 000
Power Index: 1.8579
Naval power: 55
Tanks: 244 + 538 AFVs
Air force: 269
Every year over 300 000 men rich the age that makes them fit for the army service in this state. Its total manpower is 6.5 million and it ranks 82 in the international list. The total populace of the country is 17 million. Economically this is one of the lowliest states of the region.
Defense budget: 2 billion dollars
Active recruits: 6 000
Power Index: 2.0079
Naval power: 0
Tanks: 0+ 157 armored vehicles
Air force: 15
As you may see all the Top 10 African countries with the highest military power are in the 100 of the globe leading countries with the strongest fire power. Of course none of them separately, nor all of them together cannot beat the leader in this sector. USA annually spends over 500 billion dollars on defense.
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