According to the annual ranking, conducted by the analytical website Global Firepower (GFP), the US, China and Russia are the world’s strongest countries in terms of military capability.
The United States military remained at the top spot this year, and was followed by the armies of Russia and China, respectively. American forces entered into the ranking far above every other country, primarily due to the country’s enormous budget, noted to be the size of the next five national military budgets combined.
According to GFP data, Russia has roughly twice as many tanks as the US – a total of 15,398 units against some 8,848. American jets outnumber Russian aircraft with about 13,444 planes compared to 3,547. In Multiple Launch Rocket System quantities, China is higher than the US, but lower than Russia.
India is now the fourth largest military power in the word, while the UK was named the most combat-capable nation in Europe.
The top ten list includes Germany, France and Turkey.
Over 125 world powers are evaluated by the GFP. Ranking doesn’t take into account nuclear capabilities and a nation’s percieved importance in the international political arena.