Armenia ranks 68th in rating of armies of the world according to the Press.ge news portal. According to the same source Georgia ranks 94th, Azerbaijan 83-rd.
The Georgian news source has extracted the data using the Strategypage. I tried quite hard to find this information at the source, but was unable to. However, the information is interesting, although – not very reliable.
If this is too, it would be just incredible, that Armenia is so far ahead from both its Caucasian ex-Soviet neighbors, despite the fact, that last year its military budget – around $400 million, was half that of Georgia and 6 times less than that of it’s main rival – Azerbaijan, which announced $ 2 billion in defense spending for 2008.
Coming back to the Georgian news report cited above, it says the rating is based on data of land troops and air forces. The rating contains two basic indicators: COMBAT POWER LAND and Total Quality Index. The Combat Power Land includes such parameters as number of soldiers and weaponry, technical characteristics and so on.
The Total Quality Index includes the quality of commandment, effectiveness of weapon and the level of weapon adequacy, battle experience, the level of logistics and communications, as well as historic military-culture traditions.
Top 20 mighty armies are as follows – the USA (9300), Israel (1280), China (882), the UK (819), India (801), Russia (714), Germany (393), Japan (382), South Korea (359), France (351), Taiwan (184), Pakistan (168), Saudi Arabia (140), Egypt (138), Italy (134), North Korea (131), Iran (113), Switzerland (108) and Spain (108).
Below are links to a couple of other information sources on defense budgets and armies of the region: Moscow Defense briefing, The Armenian Economist, Wikipedia.
I am having a hard time imagining that Israel or China rank above the UK, and Japan ranks above France.
Especially if Switzerland is ranked 19…
Swiss are small, but they have great aim–just look at William Tell 🙂
Ani, are they still using crossbows? 😉
Dunno, Onnik, but just to be safe, I’d recommend not carrying apples around in public there…;)
Dont underestimate the swiss army. It is very modern and mobile (quick to mobilize) . The direct democracy and confederacy of Switzerland has its roots in its military structure, although this unfortunately has been changed during the past decade giving a way to a more centralized and institutionalized army.
Swiss faught for hundreds of years to maintain they nutrality and freedom from surrounding empires and kingdoms. It didnt come easily and hence they know the true value of true independence.
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You know him we not only your defense technology 68 can, you soldier is not nothing to get up in the trench, he does but to meal 400 million go for naught soldier? Think yourself.
Dear AZE soldier, it is good to have a soldier like you….
Now I know why those Swiss Guards in Vatican City, is called “loyal Swiss Guard regiment”.
These rankings are ridiculous. How can you have Israel, UK and China rank higher than Russia & France. Give me a break…
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Armenia needs to cooperate in millitary electronics field, with France, as much as it can go.
This can be Radars, millitary comunication, satellites ect.
This way armenia can cover the gap in Russian tecnology. Such an evolvement, will push forward Armenia, as Israel of CSTO.
I’ve googled for “world army ratings” and found a somehow more reasonable ranking list:
Neither Armenia nor Azerbaijan are listed in the top 42,
Georgia is ranked as 36th.
Ranks published by May 2009.
Hey..I see Turkey o the tenth rank..But you havent written it.I dont know why:(
where is greece? total bs that list is…
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