Sunday, 15 September, 2019

Iran ranks world’s 13th military power

By Vahid Jafarian, Editorial Board Member

Iran’s military is placed 13th on a global index that has ranked 136 countries on the basis of their global military powers.

According to the 2018 Military Strength Ranking, the US ranked first, followed by Russia, China, and India while Iran ranked 13th,on the list of 136 countries.

As regards other states in the region, Pakistan ranks 17th, Saudi Arabia 26th , Iraq 47th, UAE 65th and Afghanistan occupies the 71th place.

The list by Global Firepower (GFP) relies on 55 factors to assign the 136 countries included in the survey an individual Power Index (PI) score, based upon their conventional war-making capability across land, sea and air.

Taking into account the diversity of weapons possessed by each nation, the published results include values related to the resources, finances and the particular geographical position of each country.

The report did not take into consideration the strategic forces of any country such as nuclear firepower.

The report cites that Iran’s defence budget is $6.3bn as against China’s $151bn, India’s $47bn andPakistan’s $7bn.

According to the index, Iran has an active military comprising of 534,000 personnel while India has 1,362,500 while China 2,183,000, Pakistan has 637,000 while Bangladesh has 160,000 military personnel.

According to the report, Iran Army has a total of 1650 combat tanks and 2215armoured fighting vehicles.

The report also says Iran has a total of 398 Naval assets. The country owns 5 frigates, 33 submarines and 10 mine warfare vessels.

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