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Spain Military Strength - Score: (1.0646)

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

Despite its economic woes, the Spanish government has managed to keep its military a sizeable, modern fighting force.


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: 1.0646

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: 47,737,941
 Available Manpower: 22,964,245
 Fit for Service: 18,720,867
 Reaching Military Age Annually: 422,522
 Active Frontline Personnel: 123,300
 Active Reserve Personnel: 16,200

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: 327
 Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs): 2,493
 Self-Propelled Guns (SPGs): 96
 Towed-Artillery: 143
 Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs): 0

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

 Total Aircraft: 531
 Fighters/Interceptors: 108
 Fixed-Wing Attack Aircraft: 108
 Transport Aircraft: 169
 Trainer Aircraft: 172
 Helicopters: 148
 Attack Helicopters: 6

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

 Total Naval Strength: 46
 Aircraft Carriers: 1
 Frigates: 11
 Destroyers: 0
 Corvettes: 0
 Submarines: 3
 Coastal Defense Craft: 23
 Mine Warfare: 7

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

 Oil Production: 27,250 bbl/day
 Oil Consumption: 1,445,000 bbl/day]
 Proven Oil Reserves: 150,000,000 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: 23,200,000
 Merchant Marine Strength: 132]
 Major Ports and Terminals: 9
 Roadway Coverage: 681,298
 Railway Coverage: 15,293
 Serviceable Airports: 150

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

 Defense Budget: $11,600,000,000
 External Debt: $2,278,000,000,000
 Reserves of Foreign Exchange and Gold: $50,590,000,000
 Purchasing Power Parity: $1,389,000,000,000

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

 Square Land Area: 505,370 km
 Coastline: 4,964 km
 Shared Border: 1,953 km
 Waterways: 1,000 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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