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Russia Military Strength - Score: (0.1865)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 11/13/2015

A massive modernization and procurement program, as well as military action against neighboring Ukraine, has reinstalled Russian prominence in the region.


The values showcased below are all considered for the final GFP ranking recognized as the "Power Index" (abbrv: "PwrIndx"). PwrIndx scores are judged against a perfect value of "0.0000" which is realistically unattainable due to the number of factors considered per country. Balance is the key - a large, strong fighting force across land, sea and air backed by a resilient economy and defensible territory along with an efficient infrastructure - such qualities are those used to round out a particular nation's total fighting strength on paper; it is not enough to field 10 million men or 20,000 tanks or lead the world in oil production.

Each nation's final ranking also carries with it bonuses and penalties as needed while landlocked countries (ex: Austria) are not penalized for lack of a standing navy - though they do suffer a penalty for not maintaining a viable merchant marine force.

It bears repeating that nuclear weapons are NOT taken into account for this listing. Powers are based on conventional weaponry in inventory as well as other factors such as economic strength, border size, self-sustainability (in regards to wartime resources such as oil), water access etc...

A total of 126 countries currently make up the GFP ranked list.

PwrIndx: 0.1865

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: 142,470,272
 Available Manpower: 69,117,271
 Fit for Service: 46,812,553
 Reaching Military Age Annually: 1,354,202
 Active Frontline Personnel: 766,055
 Active Reserve Personnel: 2,485,000

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: 15,398
 Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs): 31,298
 Self-Propelled Guns (SPGs): 5,972
 Towed-Artillery: 4,625
 Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs): 3,793

Includes both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft from all branches of service.

 Total Aircraft: 3,429
 Fighters/Interceptors: 769
 Fixed-Wing Attack Aircraft: 1,305
 Transport Aircraft: 1,083
 Trainer Aircraft: 346
 Helicopters: 1,120
 Attack Helicopters: 462

Aircraft Carrier value includes dedicated "helicopter carrier" vessels. Total naval strength includes all known auxiliaries as well.

 Total Naval Strength: 352
 Aircraft Carriers: 1
 Frigates: 4
 Destroyers: 12
 Corvettes: 74
 Submarines: 55
 Coastal Defense Craft: 65
 Mine Warfare: 34

Despite the advances made in battlefield technology, oil remains the lifeblood of any fighting force as well as local economy.

 Oil Production: 10,580,000 bbl/day
 Oil Consumption: 3,200,000 bbl/day]
 Proven Oil Reserves: 80,000,000,000 bbl/day

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: 75,290,000
 Merchant Marine Strength: 1,143]
 Major Ports and Terminals: 7
 Roadway Coverage: 982,000
 Railway Coverage: 87,157
 Serviceable Airports: 1,218

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

 Defense Budget: $60,400,000,000
 External Debt: $714,200,000,000
 Reserves of Foreign Exchange and Gold: $515,600,000,000
 Purchasing Power Parity: $2,553,000,000,000

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

 Square Land Area: 17,098,242 km
 Coastline: 37,653 km
 Shared Border: 22,407 km
 Waterways: 102,000 km

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

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