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10 African countries with the greatest 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 their ranking of African
Countries With the Highest Military Strength and
Fire Power, up to 40 different ranking tools and
parameters like number of active front-line and
reserve personnel, number of tanks and armoured
fighting vehicle, aircrafts like fighters/ interceptors
and helicopters, naval strength and coastal
defence crafts, resources and defence budget,
logistics and many other factors are used and in
such an approach that a smaller country with
good military intelligence competes favourably
well with a highly populated country with lots of
great foot soldiers while landlocked countries are
not penalized for lack of an active navy. It is
important to note that the military strength of a
country is not only determined by the size of her

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 defence every year.


Angola is the 7th largest country in Africa with a
population of over 21 million and is located at the
southern Africa. There are three components of
Angolan military: the Army, Navy and Air Force
and all of these have a combined manpower in
excess of 100,000 divided into 87,000 active
front-line personnel and 30,000 active reserve
personnel. Angola has 140 tanks, 980 armoured
fighting vehicles, 298 towed-artillery, 270 total
number of aircraft, 98 helicopters with, 15 attack
helicopters, 82 fighters/ interceptors. The
country’s naval strength is boosted with 30
coastal defence crafts and 2 mine warfare and
with a defence budget of over $4 bn, Angola is
sure to continue to see a strong military growth.

Tunisia is the northernmost country in Africa and
home to over 10 million people. There are almost
5 million people who are fit for service out of the
5.7 million available manpower. The number of
active front-liner personnel stands at 40,000 with
additional 12,000 active reserve personnel. The
country boasts of 350 tanks, 900 armoured
fighting vehicles, 139 total aircraft, 75 helicopters,
12 fighters/ interceptors, 25 coastal defence
aircraft all backed by over $550 million defence
budget per year.

The kingdom of Morocco is a country in the
northern region of Africa with a population of over
33 million. The country’s military arm known as
the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces is responsible
for land-based military operations but in addition
to the army, Morocco also has the Navy, the Air
Force, the Royal Guard, the Royal Gendarmerie
and the Auxiliary Forces. There are about 17
million available manpower with over 14 million
people fit for service, 195,000 people in active
front-line service and 150,000 in active reserve.
Morocco has 1,348 tanks, 2,120 armoured fighting
vehicles, 323 total aircraft, 139 helicopters, 70
coastal defence craft and spends over $3.4 bn in
defence budget.

Kenya is a major commercial and technology hub
in the East Africa. Officially called the Republic of
Kenya, the country has a population of about 41
 million residents. When it comes to military
strength and 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 has 24,000 active front-line, 5,000
active reserve personnel and boasts of 186 tanks,
2000 armoured fighting vehicles, 134 total air
crafts, 66 helicopters, 14 coastal defence crafts
and with Kenya’s defence budget on its course to
hit $5 bn by 2018, we might see the country
advancing way ahead of others on this list.

Located at the shores of West Africa is the
country that is home to a staggering 170 million
people. With the available manpower of over 72
million people, there are more than 40 million
people who are fit for service with 3.5 million
people reaching the military service year every
year. Nigeria has 363 tanks, 680 towed-artillery
and more than 1,400 armoured fighting vehicles.
Nigeria has 96 total air crafts and 36 helicopters,
51 coastal defence crafts and 2 mine warfare. The
large population is kept safe with a yearly budget
of over $2.3 bn.

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 54 million people. When it comes to military
power, South Africa has got what it takes to be
among the top 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
people (964,139) are getting to military age
annually. South Africa has 88,000 active front-line
and 17,000 active reserve personnel. On military
equipment, South Africa has 191 tanks and 1430
armoured fighting vehicles, 118 self-propelled
guns, 240 rocket projectors and 213 total number
of air crafts. 4 frigates and 3 submarines keep the
shores safe and there is over $4.6 bn spent on
defence every year.

Ethiopia has a population of 94.1 million. 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 manpower
of 38 million people, 24 million of this population
fit for active service and almost 2 million people
reaching the military age every year, the country
is one of the strongest in Africa. Ethiopia has over
560 tanks and 780 armoured vehicles, 183 multi-
launch rocket system (MLRS), 81 air crafts and
39 helicopters to hover around any country
plotting any form of invasion.The entire Ethiopia’s
defence is supported by 182,500 front-line
personnel and over $340 million defence budget
to take care of things every 365 days.

Algeria is a country consisting of 48 provinces
and 1541 communes. It is the 33rd most
populated country on earth with a population of
39.21 million. More than 20 million people make
up the manpower and over 17 million citizens are
within the active service year. Algerian military is
made up of modern army, navy and air force. The
country is largely financed by oil and Sonatrach,
the national oil company, is the largest company
in Africa generating revenues in excess of $76.1bn
and employing over 120,000 people in 2012.
Algeria has the second largest army in Africa and
in the Arab World, after Egypt, and has Russia
and China as her strategic allies and arms
furnisher. 672,993 individuals reach the military
age annually. There are over 500,000 active front-
line and 400,000 reserve personnel. Algeria is
equipped with more than a thousand tanks, 1800
armoured fighting vehicles, over 400 air crafts,
188 helicopters, 6 submarines. With a defense
budget of over $10.5 bn, Algeria will continue to
be among the African countries with the best
military strength.

Egypt is a country in the north of Africa with a
staggering population of 94 million people and
has faced major political crises in the recent past
but this has not changed its position as a leading
African country when it comes to military
strength. A significant percentage of Egypt’s
population (over 35 million) are fit for active
military service and more than 1.5 million
individuals reach the military age every year. With
almost 5000 tanks including armoured fighting
vehicles, self propelled guns and towed artillery,
Egypt is a force to reckon with when it comes to
Africa. Having a total of 1,100 aircraft including
245 helicopters, 343 fighters, 390 trainer aircraft
and 28 mine warfare, 84 serviceable air ports and
a budget of over $4bn pumped into Egypt’s
defence every 365 days make Egyptian military
the strongest among other countries in Africa.
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