21:54 GMT05 May 2021
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    Although Russia and Turkey are unlikely to go to war, discussion of the two countries' relative military strength has blossomed on the Internet.

    After the Turkish shootdown of the Russian plane exacerbated relations between the two countries, discussion of a potential conflict between the two began in the media and on social networks.

    Both countries have said that a direct military confrontation is impossible. However, the Global Firepower Index, which compiles information on the strength of countries' militaries based on publicly available information could give an indication of the two countries' relative strengths.

    Russia is ranked second in the index, after the United States, while Turkey is number 10.

    Russia would be able to mobilize over 69 million people in case of a military confrontation, to Turkey's 41 million. At the same time, while Russia has 766 thousand active servicemen to Turkey's 410 thousand, Russia would has nearly 2.5 million troops in reserve to Turkey's 186 thousand.

    In terms of equipment, Russia is said to have a total of 15,398 tanks, compared to Turkey's 3,778, with a similar ratio of personnel carriers, with 31,298 to Turkey's 7,550.

    The gap is more apparent in self-propelled artillery, of which Russia has 5,972, compared to Turkey's 1013. In terms of multiple rocket launcher systems, Russia has 2,793 systems compared to Turkey's 811.

    At the same time, in the aerial naval balance which would be more important in such a potential confrontation, Russia has 3,429 planes to Turkey's 1,020. When it comes to naval ships, Russia has 352 to Turkey's 115.

    In terms of logistical factors, Russia is an oil producer, while Turkey is a net importer of oil. Relative military budgets are also compared, with Russia's reported $60.4 billion to Turkey's $18.2 billion.

    At the same time, the rating, while providing a simple comparison, relies on publicly gathered data, sometimes estimated. More complex analyses, such as Military Balance, published by the International Institute of Strategic Studies, give a more in-depth look at the state of countries' military strength and ongoing conflict analysis.

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