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    Who Made the Cut? World’s Top Three Armies

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    The analysts of the Credit Suisse group rated the combat capability and effectiveness of the armies of the world. According to them the top three armies of the world are the US, Russian and Chinese armies. Military expert Viktor Murakhovski explained in what ways the US Army is outperformed by the armed forces of Russia and China.

    The army was categorized by six aspects: the number of personnel, the number of armored vehicles, planes, helicopters, submarines and ships. In addition, analysts took into account the amount of military spending.

    The superiority of the US Army in the ranking is largely due to the high military budget: in 2014, defense spending accounted for $610 billion. That's more than all other countries combined. Simultaneously, Russia and China benefit from the cost-effectiveness. They no longer invest in the latest weapons, noted Credit Suisse.

    “The real military experts assess the state of the armed forces with other indicators, but I completely agree about the first three of the leaders. Russia and the United States are the world's only powers with the nuclear strategic potential to destroy any country. The United States, in addition, has the largest navy fleet. As for China, it is also a nuclear power. Based on the number of its armed forces it is the largest in the world, but based on technical equipment, China still lags behind, but the third position of China’s army in the overall ranking is indisputable,” member of the Advisory Board of the Military-Industrial Commission Viktor Murakhovski said during a radio interview with Sputnik.

    According to him, there are parameters in which the US Army is outperformed by the Russian and Chinese.

    “Based on the number of armed forces China surpasses the US.” He also said Russia significantly surpasses the United States in intercontinental land-based ballistic missiles. In addition, Russia in some technical types of weapons, such as small arms and tanks, holds a leading position.

    “Although it is difficult to compete with a country whose military budget exceeds the budgets of all other countries in the ‘top ten’ army category,” Murakhovski added.

    According to him, talking about the state of the army, one must not underestimate the ‘combat spirit’ and the ‘military ingenuity.’

    “Such data is very important indeed in the art of war. But the fact is that so far there are no tools that would allow them to quantify that.”

    It is best to compare this during the competition of different armies. For example during the army games that Russia organized based on nineteen phases such as the tank battalions to aviation. It is during a real competition that actual skill, fighting spirit, and the condition of army is truly manifested.

    Murakhovski mentioned that “Russia during this event deservedly won the first place, while China came second, so the Swiss rating does confirm something.”

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