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7 African Countries With the Highest Military Strength and Fire Power

The Global Fire Power ranks countries of the world every year according to their military strength and fire power. In this list of African Countries With the Highest Military Strength and Fire Power, up to 40 different ranking tools and parameters are used such that a smaller country with good military intelligence competes favourably well with a highly populated country with lots of great foot soldiers. In this post is this list of 7 best countries in Africa with the highest military strength and fire power.

African Countries With Best Military Strength and Fire Power


Flag of Egypt - African Countries With the Highest Military Strength

Egypt is a country in the north of Africa with a staggering population of 83 million people. and slightly over half of this population is available manpower and 35 million people make up those who are fit for service. More than 1.5 million individuals reach the military age every year and almost 5000 tanks, Egypt is a force to reckon with when it comes to Africa. Having 200 helicopters and 863 military air crafts, 28 mine warfare, 84 serviceable air ports and a yearly budget of over $4bn on pumped into defense every 365 days make Egypt one strongest countries in Africa.


Flag of Ethiopia - African Countries With the Highest Military Strength

Ethiopia has a population of 84 million people. It is Africa’s oldest independent country and its second largest in terms of population. Ethiopia has found a way to transform her population into a military stronghold in Africa. With a man power of 34 million people, 24 million of this population fit for service and almost 2 million people reaching the military age every year, the country is one of the strongest in Africa. Ethiopia has over 300 tanks and 1200 armored vehicles, 147 air crafts and 68 helicopters to hover around any country plotting any form of invasion and of course there is almost $300 million defence budget to take care of things every 365 days.


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Republic of South Africa, is an African country located at the southern tip of the continent. South Africa is the 25th largest country in the world by area and the 24th most populous country with over 51 million people. When it comes to military power, South Africa has got what it takes to be among the top 7 countries in Africa strong enough to be recognised. Half of South Africa’s population are within the manpower class; 14 million are fit for service and almost a million are getting to military age annually. South Africa has 250 tanks and 1590 armoured fighting vehicles; 240 rocket projectors and a similar total number of air crafts. 4 frigates and 3 submarines keeps the shores safe. There is almost $5 million pumped into the defense budget every year to keep the country safe.

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West African Countries List

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To whom much is given, much is expected is the case of the most populous country in Nigeria. Located at the shores of West Africa is the country that gives home to a staggering 160 million people. With the available manpower of 73 million people, there are 40 million people who are fit for service and 3.5 million people reaching the military service year on a yearly basis. There are 363 tanks and more than 1,400 armored vehicles. Nigeria has 294 air crafts and 84 helicopters than can hover her skies when they are called upon. There are 53 serviceable air ports and lots of labor force (up to 50 million) people. The large population is kept safe with a yearly budget of $2.2bn.


Flag of Algeria

Algeria is a country consisting of 48 provinces and 1541 communes. It is the 34thmost populated country on earth with a population of more than 37 million. More than 20 million people make up the manpower and up to 18 million citizens are within the service year. The country is largely financed by oil and Sonatrach, the national oil company, is the largest company in Africa. Algeria has the second largest army in Africa and in the Arab World, after Egypt, and has Russia and China as strategic allies, and arms furnisher. 672,000 individuals reach the military age annually. Algeria is equipped with more than a thousand tanks, 1800 armored fighting vehicles, over 400 air crafts, 136 helicopters, 3 submarines, 12 coastal crafts. With a defense budget of over $8bn, Algeria will continue to be among the African countries with the best military strength.

See Also:

Countries in Africa: List of African Countries 

Top 10 Most Dangerous Countries in Africa


Flag of Kenya

Kenya is a major hub in the East Africa. Officially called the Republic of Kenya, the country has a population of about 43 million residents. When it comes to fire power, Kenya is a force to reckon with. The country has enough military strength to afford to always send some on a peace keeping mission in other African countries. Almost 20 million people make up the country’s man power and more than 12 million of these are fit for service. 839,000 reach military age every year. Kenya boasts of 186 tanks, 30 self propelled guns, 148 air crafts, 78 helicopters, 194 serviceable airports and a defense budget of over $5bn to keep her in good shape.


Flag of Libya - African Countries With the Highest Military Strength

The 2011 Libya revolution has placed question marks on the military capabilities of a country with population of just over 6 million. Almost 3 million citizens are fit for service and just about 116,000 people reach service age each year but these small numbers correlate quite oppositely to the artillery and ammunition the country boasts of when compared with other African countries. Libya boasts of 500 tanks, 2,500 armored fighting vehicles, 400 self propelled guns, 800 rocket projectors, 1050 potable AT weapons, over 600 air crafts and 121 helicopters and $880 million pumped in to defense every year.

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  • agaugust

    From Wikipedia, the military power of these countries armed forces are ranked as:

    1. Egypt
    2. Algeria
    3. Nigeria, South Africa, Ethiopia in equal power
    4. Angola, Eritrea in equal power

  • J.jacques Ndatimana.

    Yeah just wonderful to know our posirion.

  • akporue charles

    Nigeria was firstly known as the world most strongest country with military that can battle on land effectively and efficiently. But today that record is no more. But i want to tell you that Nigeria still remain one of the top military in the world and undergoes extensive training.

  • steven

    Nigeria has one of best trained army in the world and she is playing more role in african stability. Most nigerian officers are trained in the usa, Britain,germany etc. There is no african force that has the military experience like nigerian army. Ask any african country if they can go to war with nigeria and hear with dey will say.No country is a threat to nigeria because they dare not.Nigerian army has lead lots of other african countries eg in mali and so many more.Why didn’t south africa with all its weapons lead the fight in mali. We can manage any weapons at our disposal and that is why Nigerian army remains the best fighting force in Africa.

  • Ayoola Igwe S.

    Na wa o. See analysis. My take is that Nigerian govt should pay more attention to internal developmentp. So that Nigeria will not have the Soviet Union experience during the Cold War. We need to grow domestically first!

  • David

    hahah Steven, when and where did you fabricate this story?. Totally wrong, study about Ethiopia

  • amde

    Ethiopia has one of the strongest military force in Africa with tight ground military power.

  • Mahmoud Badr

    We will test it soon :D
    Watch out when Eritrea will knock your door

  • to the author

    haha false don’t trust wikipedia

  • Bantustani

    Tell that to the birds. Wipe out Boko Haram before you start bragging

  • Bantustani

    Cant even beat Boko Haram

  • Sjob

    Ethiopia couldn’t even win from Somalia

  • carmouflagger

    Boko Haram is still standing because we have a clown for president. We definitely have the best trained Armed forces on the continent. Need i remind you of all the peacekeeping missions we’ve carried out?

  • Keith

    better than this article which claims Ethiopia number 2 when that country spends less than 400mln dollars on its army compared to south Africa which spends 4bln dollars

  • Keith

    rubbish naiga cant even deal with boko haram!!! in other countries its an abomination to have rebels or sections of the country being run by armed gunman yet that’s daily life in north Niaga

  • jm

    How can an army be good if they are corrupt and undisciplined ? For example look at how Kenya handled that recent mall terrorist attack ? !

  • Eshe

    It is Ethiopian who brings your today’s independence and freedom from colonialism and this the thing that rejoice us Ethiopians and all African’s too…

  • Eshe

    Somalia is under Ethiopian colonialism and Ethiopia serves as a Somalian guard like from alshebab’s attack.

  • Geffrey Jayson

    Guys….Kenyan soldiers are suburb,what they’ve done in Somalia is unforgattable….they battled it out

  • ruku

    strong millitary country they should have peace on there land but look at kenya .south africa nigeria algeria ethiopia. eggypt morroco with northern muslim fighter libya with group army lets wake up we are still very week to seek for our internal problem to me the list is nonesense .

  • kordofan

    When Africa is a nuke power continents?

  • Oliver

    Such a very big gap between the Egyptian army and the rest of the counties listed!!! As if they are playing in a different arena. So what you are guys talking about here!? Which is more stronger! South Africa or Nigeria or Ethiopia. They are all almost the same. Can’t you see the difference in the numbers of the aircraft and tanks…. Etc between Egypt and any other county in the list !! Grow up plz and be more realistic. There is no African country is even close to the world level except Egypt so don’t waste ur time fighting and arguing about nothing!!!

  • spartacus

    my friend boko haram will come in to your country and wipe it of so close you toilet okay

  • spartacus

    when next you comment think before you write do not think from your anus all the power country face rebel before let them come in to the capital and take over from the government and stop and let see nigeria till remain africa stronghold even SA can not stand in front of our government or threaten nigeria with it weapon we took out liberia mali somalia even outside africa boko haram time never reach when is time all of them will pay okay so piss off

  • Emmy

    my friend, make your point and stop talking thrash about the President of Nigeria. You know nothing about how the Military of Nigeria is constituted.

  • Bantustani

    Hahaha. Boko Haram have to go through Cameroon, DRC and Uganda to get to us. We will sit and watch.

  • Kola Adekola

    Absolutely stupid comment.
    You are the clown, not my President.

  • Verite7

    Chad is number 1, ask the Libyans the know!

  • Thank Money

    You guys don’t understand what really count as strong military. It’s not because you have money to amass weapons that makes you a strong military. It is the following factors that make you a strong military:

    1. the level of math and science education of your military.
    2. the amount of food your military has (not weapons)
    3. the level of motivation and discipline of your soldiers.

    America is the strongest military the world knows not just because it has the best weapons, because it has the 3 qualities mentioned above. Unknown to many people, in war, food, the skill of your soldiers and motivation count more than weapons.

    I listened to President Obama speaking on one occasion and this is how he opened: ” Firstly, I want to thank our men and women in uniform who fight for America. I want to assure you that no one fights for America and will ever have to fight for a job when he takes off the uniform”. These words alone are powerful motivation that will make somebody want to die for his country.

    But here in Africa, the reverse is the case. Take for instance the Nigerian case, a country that prides itself as the strongest military in Africa yet it can not overcome a small group of civilian criminals by name: Boko Haram. The soldiers deployed to the battlefield complained primarily of lack of food yet the government spends over $4 billion servicing the military yearly( this is really ridiculous). Boko Haram couldn’t have been a challenge to Nigeria if the military had a high intelligence profile, good motivation of soldiers and a good spirit of oneness. But just look at the way the disgruntled elements turned us to a mess because of selfish interests and compromises within those in power.

    In my opinion, there can only be strong military in Africa until we take the 3 factors mentioned above seriously. No country in Africa has the right to make any superiority claim since we all go to the Western world to buy weapons instead of making our own. Were’re all just on the same level. If for any reason, country A in Africa goes to war with country B, it is the country with the highest foreign support that will win the war!

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