This list is based on the ranking of Global Firepower. There are some factors considered to come with the list and not just the total number of weapons. More than 50 factors are considered in ranking the 133 countries evaluated and in determining a country’s Power Index Score. These factors include the diversity of the weaponry, nuclear stockpile, geographical factors (natural resources, local industry influences), and available workforce.
1. The United States.
The United States lands the number one spot in this year’s ranking. It has a total military personnel of 2,363,675, a total aircraft strength of 13,762, a total of 415 naval assets, armored fighting vehicles of about 41,062.
The power index rating (PIR) goes beyond the number of military equipment a nation has. Russia comes in second in this year’s ranking. It has a total military personnel of 3,371,027, a total of 3,794 aircraft strength, 20, 216 combat tanks, among other armors and artillery.
China’s standing army is one of the best trained in the world. It is called China People’s Liberation Army and is composed of the country’s Ground Forces, NAVY and Artillery, and also its armed police and air force.
The Indian army has dealt with combat operations with varying intensities, including Maoist insurgency, a Pakistani-supported insurgency in Kashmir, along with other domestic operations. It has a total of 1,362,500 active personnel, and together with its other military equipment, it lands number four in this year’s ranking.