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South Korea Military Strength

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

With one eye on China, South Korea maintains a commitment to containing North Korean aggression through local and foreign procurement projects.

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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.

South Korea
PwrIndx: 0.5536
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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: 48,955,203
 Available Manpower: 25,609,290
 Fit for Service: 21,033,275
 Reaching Military Age Annually: 686,985]
 Active Frontline Personnel: 640,000
 Active Reserve Personnel: 2,900,000


 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: 2,346
 Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs): 2,880
 Self-Propelled Guns (SPGs): 2,258
 Towed-Artillery: 5,424
 Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs): 250


 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: 1,393
 Fighters/Interceptors: 409
 Fixed-Wing Attack Aircraft: 269
 Transport Aircraft: 322
 Trainer Aircraft: 250
 Helicopters: 909
 Attack Helicopters: 77


 NAVAL POWER
Aircraft Carrier value does not include dedicated "helicopter carrier" vessels. Total naval strength includes all known auxiliaries as well.


 Total Naval Strength: 166
 Aircraft Carriers: 0
 Frigates: 10
 Destroyers: 12
 Corvettes: 21
 Submarines: 14
 Coastal Defense Craft: 84
 Mine Warfare: 10


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


 Oil Production: 48,200 bbl/day
 Oil Consumption: 2,200,000 bbl/day]
 Proven Oil Reserves: 6,000,000 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: 25,500,000
 Merchant Marine Strength: 786]
 Major Ports and Terminals: 8
 Roadway Coverage: 103,029
 Railway Coverage: 3,381
 Serviceable Airports: 111


 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: $33,700,000,000
 External Debt: $0
 Reserves of Foreign Exchange and Gold: $327,000,000,000
 Purchasing Power Parity: $1,598,000,000,000


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


 Square Land Area: 99,720 km
 Coastline: 2,413 km
 Shared Border: 238 km
 Waterways: 1,600 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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