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Afghanistan Military Strength

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 3/27/2014

Since the American invasion of 2001, Afghanistan military power has been set back several decades.

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The values showcased below are all considered for the final GFP ranking recognized as the "Power Index" (abbrv: "PwrIndx"). PwrIndx scores are judged on a perfect value of "0.0000" which is realistically unattainable due to the number of factors considered per country. Bonuses and penalties are added to each nation (as needed) while landlocked countries (ex: Austria) are not penalized for lack of a standing navy.


A total of 106 countries make up the GFP ranked list.

Afghanistan
PwrIndx: 2.3071
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 MANPOWER
Going beyond military equipment totals and perceived fighting strength is the actual manpower that drives a given military. Wars of attrition favor those with more.


 Total Population: 31,108,077
 Available Manpower: 13,709,758
 Fit for Service: 7,847,309
 Reaching Military Age Annually: 762,411]
 Active Frontline Personnel: 200,000
 Active Reserve Personnel: 0


 LAND SYSTEMS
Tank value includes Main Battle Tanks, light tanks and tank destroyers, either wheeled or tracked. AFV value includes Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) and Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs).


 Tanks: 800
 Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs): 9,063
 Self-Propelled Guns (SPGs): 0
 Towed-Artillery: 138
 Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs): 50


 AIR POWER
Includes both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft from all branches of service. All aircraft types accounted (UAVs, gunships, special mission, naval/carrier, trainers, etc).


 Total Aircraft: 120
 Fighters/Interceptors: 0
 Fixed-Wing Attack Aircraft: 0
 Transport Aircraft: 107
 Trainer Aircraft: 6
 Helicopters: 91
 Attack Helicopters: 7


 RESOURCES (PETROLEUM)
Despite the advances made in battlefield technology, oil remains the lifeblood of any fighting force.


 Oil Production: 0 bbl/day
 Oil Consumption: 5,000 bbl/day]
 Proven Oil Reserves: 0 bbl/day


 LOGISTICAL
War is as much a battle of logistics - moving man and machine from points all over - as it is direct combat. Labor Force reflects possible wartime industry strength.


 Labor Force: 15,000,000
 Merchant Marine Strength: 0]
 Major Ports and Terminals: 2
 Roadway Coverage: 42,150
 Railway Coverage: 0
 Serviceable Airports: 52


 FINANCIAL (in USD)
Regardless of military strength in numbers, war is still driven by financing as much as any one leader or weapon.


 Defense Budget: $11,500,000,000
 External Debt: $1,280,000,000
 Reserves of Foreign Exchange and Gold: $5,983,000,000
 Purchasing Power Parity: $34,290,000,000


 GEOGRAPHY (in km)
Geographical values primarily figure into a defensive-minded war (i.e. invasion).


 Square Land Area: 652,230 km
 Coastline: 0 km
 Shared Border: 5,529 km
 Waterways: 1,200 km

Partial Sources: CIA.gov, CIA World Factbook, wikipedia.com, public domain print and media sources and user contributions. Some values may be estimated when official sources are lacking.

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