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7 African Countries With the Highest Military Strength and Fire Power


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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

1. EGYPT

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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.

2. ETHIOPIA

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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.

3. SOUTH AFRICA

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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.

See Also: 

West African Countries List

African Countries List By Population


African Countries With the Highest Military Strength and Fire Power - Read More


4. NIGERIA

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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.

5. ALGERIA

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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

6. KENYA

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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.

7. LIBYA

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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.

References:

Global Fire Power

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