National Rankings by Military Strength

A ranking of the world’s foremost military powers taking into account a wide variety of factors and using a precise formula to rate countries by their warfighing capabilities. Over 50 different factors are considered in determining each country’s position. Quantities of armaments, while important, are hardly the only factors determining a country’s military capabilities or its ranking. Training, combat readiness, overseas military bases, defensive infrastructure and fortifications are some of the many other assets considered which can and often do prove decisive in the outcome of a war. Outstanding strengths of each particular country, if any, are noted to give an indication as to the assets each party will be most likely to rely on to achieve victory.

Strategic and tactical nuclear capabilities, due to the extreme caution with which they must be deployed and states’ general refrain from using such weapons, are considered a limited asset rather than the decisive game changer they would be if employed freely. Nuclear powers are marked accordingly in the right hand column. Due to their highly secretive nature, biological warfare capabilities are not taken into consideration.

As well as ranking states numerically, military powers are also divided into six tiers based on the league in which their military capabilities lie. Those countries in the same tier can be considered near peer adversaries, while countries in lower tiers would struggle to wage war on those in higher ones unsupported.

Links to further information for each country’s aerial, naval and ground warfare capabilities are given below their names.
Tier One Military Powers
  • 1

    United States

    Strengths
    Supercarriers, Destroyers, Submarines, Special Forces, Overseas Military Bases
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  • 2

    Russia

    Strengths
    Air Defence, Battle Tanks, Ballistic/Cruise Missiles
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  • 3

    China

    Strengths
    Ballistic Missiles, Air Superiority, Navy
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  • Tier Two Military Powers
  • 4

    India

    Strengths
    Air Superiority, Ballistic Missiles, Manpower
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  • 5

    South Korea

    Strengths
    Battle Tanks, Manpower, Artillery, Navy, Strike Fighters, Air Defence
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  • 6

    North Korea

    Strengths
    Submarines, Ballistic Missiles, Special Forces, Fortifications, Air Defence
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  • 7

    Japan

    Strengths
    Destroyers, Air Superiority, AWACS
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  • Tier Three Military Powers
  • 8

    France

    Strengths
    Destroyers, Carriers
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  • 9

    Pakistan

    Strengths
    Ballistic Missiles, Manpower,
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  • 10

    United Kingdom

    Strengths
    Navy, Combat Helicopters
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  • 11

    Iran

    Strengths
    Ballistic Missies, Manpower, Submarines
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  • 12

    Israel

    Strengths
    Air Superiority, Air Force, Battle Tanks
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  • 13

    Algeria

    Strengths
    Air Superiority, Air Defence, Submarines
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  • 14

    Egypt

    Strengths
    Battle Tanks, Fighters (Quantity), Manpower
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  • 15

    Germany

    Strengths
    Battle Tanks
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  • 16

    Turkey

    Strengths
    Manpower
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  • Tier Four Military Powers
  • 17

    Vietnam

    Strengths
    Manpower, Submarines, Air Superiority
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  • 18

    Taiwan

    Strengths
    Manpower, AWACS
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  • 19

    Ukraine

    Strengths
    Air Superiority
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  • 20

    Italy

    Strengths
    Destroyers
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  • 21

    Syria

    Strengths
    Battle Tanks, Artillery, Ballistic Missiles
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  • 22

    Indonesia

    Strengths
    Air Superiority, Manpower
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  • 23

    Greece

    Strengths
    Battle Tanks
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  • 24

    Spain

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  • 25

    Canada

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  • 26

    Kazakhstan

    Strengths
    Interceptors, Air Superiority, Artillery
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  • 27

    Australia

    Strengths
    Destroyers, Submarines
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  • 28

    Belarus

    Strengths
    Battle Tanks, Manpower, Air Defence
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  • 29

    Poland

    Strengths
    Self Propelled Artillery
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  • 30

    Saudi Arabia

    Strengths
    Air Superiority, Strike Fighters, Battle Tanks
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  • Tier Five Military Powers
  • 31

    Singapore

    Strengths
    Manpower, Strike
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  • 32

    Thailand

    Strengths
    Manpower, Frigates
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  • 33

    Myanmar

    Strengths
    Manpower, Artillery, Ballistic Missiles,
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  • 34

    Sweden

    Strengths
    AWACS
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  • 35

    Brazil

    Strengths
    Manpower
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  • 36

    Morocco

    Strengths
    Battle Tanks, Manpower
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  • 37

    Malaysia

    Strengths
    Air Superiority
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  • 38

    Ethiopia

    Strengths
    Air Superiority, Manpower
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  • 39

    South Africa

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  • 40

    Netherlands

    Strengths
    Destroyers
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  • Tier Six Military Powers
  • 41

    Venezuela

    Strengths
    Air Superiority, Air Defence
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  • 42

    Angola

    Strengths
    Air Superiority
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  • 43

    Uzbekistan

    Strengths
    Air Superiority
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  • 44

    Norway

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  • 45

    Mongolia

    Strengths
    Air Superiority
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  • 46

    UAE

    Strengths
    Frigates, Battle Tanks
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  • 47

    Sudan

    Strengths
    Air Superiority, Battle Tanks
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  • 48

    Bangladesh

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  • 49

    Switzerland

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  • 50

    Denmark

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  • 51

    Jordoan

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  • 52

    Serbia

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  • 53

    Eritrea

    Strengths
    Air Superiority, Manpower
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  • 54

    Uganda

    Strengths
    Air Superiority
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  • 55

    Iraq

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  • 56

    Qatar

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  • 57

    Belgium

    Strengths
    Frigates
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  • 58

    Chile

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  • 59

    Cuba

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  • 60

    Argentina

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