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Comparison of Saudi Arabia and Iran Military Strengths (2023)



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Side-by-side comparison showcasing the relative conventional fighting strengths of Saudi Arabia and Iran for the year 2023.



The selected countries for comparison, Saudi Arabia and Iran, are displayed below in side-by-side format. The Primary selection is displayed in Blue while the Secondary selection is displayed in Red. Go back to compare two other military powers.

The side-by-side comparison provides a theoretical look at war footing between two potential (or active) military rivals.
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COUNTRIES
Saudi Arabia
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PwrIndx: 0.3626
Score of 0.0000 being optimal.
(Rnk 22 of 145)
Iran
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PwrIndx: 0.2712
Score of 0.0000 being optimal.
(Rnk 17 of 145)


COMPARISON BRIEF
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Saudi Arabia national flag image Airpower Iran national flag image
Saudi Arabia national flag image Land Power Iran national flag image
Saudi Arabia national flag image Naval Power Iran national flag image
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MANPOWER
Total Population (Rnk 41)
35,354,380
(Diff: -51,403,924)
Total Population (Rnk 17)
86,758,304
(Diff: 51,403,924)
Available Manpower (Rnk 35)
18,384,278
(Diff: -30,200,372)
Available Manpower (Rnk 15)
48,584,650
(Diff: 30,200,372)
Fit-for-Service (Rnk 30)
16,899,394
(Diff: -23,877,009)
Fit-for-Service (Rnk 13)
40,776,403
(Diff: 23,877,009)
Reaching Mil. Age Annually (Rnk 38)
601,024
(Diff: -787,109)
Reaching Mil. Age Annually (Rnk 16)
1,388,133
(Diff: 787,109)
Active Personnel (Rnk 20)
225,000
(Diff: -350,000)
Active Personnel (Rnk 7)
575,000
(Diff: 350,000)
Reserve Personnel (Rnk 145)
0
(Diff: -350,000)
Reserve Personnel (Rnk 14)
350,000
(Diff: 350,000)
Paramilitary Forces (Rnk 18)
125,000
(Diff: 35,000)
Paramilitary Forces (Rnk 22)
90,000
(Diff: -35,000)
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FINANCIALS
Defense Budget (Rnk 8)
$46,000,000,000
(Diff: $40,450,000,000)
Defense Budget (Rnk 40)
$5,550,000,000
(Diff: $-40,450,000,000)
External Debt (Rnk 85)
$205,100,000,000
(Diff: $197,100,000,000)
External Debt (Rnk 30)
$8,000,000,000
(Diff: $-197,100,000,000)
Foreign Reserve (Rnk 4)
$496,400,000,000
(Diff: $375,800,000,000)
Foreign Reserve (Rnk 20)
$120,600,000,000
(Diff: $-375,800,000,000)
Purchasing Power (Rnk 17)
$1,543,240,000,000
(Diff: $498,930,000,000)
Purchasing Power (Rnk 23)
$1,044,310,000,000
(Diff: $-498,930,000,000)


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AIRPOWER
Total Aircraft (Rnk 12)
897
(Diff: 356)
Total Aircraft (Rnk 21)
541
(Diff: -356)
Fighter Aircraft (Rnk 9)
283
(Diff: 87)
Fighter Aircraft (Rnk 16)
196
(Diff: -87)
Dedicated Attack (Rnk 10)
81
(Diff: 58)
Dedicated Attack (Rnk 26)
23
(Diff: -58)
Transports (Rnk 16)
49
(Diff: -37)
Transports (Rnk 7)
86
(Diff: 37)
Trainers (Rnk 15)
190
(Diff: 96)
Trainers (Rnk 29)
94
(Diff: -96)
Special-Mission (Rnk 20)
14
(Diff: 5)
Special-Mission (Rnk 24)
9
(Diff: -5)
Aerial Tankers (Rnk 2)
22
(Diff: 15)
Aerial Tankers (Rnk 7)
7
(Diff: -15)
Helicopters (Rnk 15)
258
(Diff: 132)
Helicopters (Rnk 29)
126
(Diff: -132)
Attack Helicopters (Rnk 18)
34
(Diff: 22)
Attack Helicopters (Rnk 34)
12
(Diff: -22)


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LAND POWER
Tank Strength (Rnk 20)
1,273
(Diff: -2,798)
Tank Strength (Rnk 7)
4,071
(Diff: 2,798)
Armored Vehicles (Rnk 8)
85,140
(Diff: 15,455)
Armored Vehicles (Rnk 13)
69,685
(Diff: -15,455)
Self-Propelled Artillery (Rnk 19)
333
(Diff: -247)
Self-Propelled Artillery (Rnk 13)
580
(Diff: 247)
Towed Artillery (Rnk 33)
332
(Diff: -1,718)
Towed Artillery (Rnk 9)
2,050
(Diff: 1,718)
Mobile Rocket Projectors (Rnk 26)
186
(Diff: -899)
Mobile Rocket Projectors (Rnk 8)
1,085
(Diff: 899)


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NAVAL POWER
Fleet Strength (Rnk 44)
57
(Diff: -44)
Fleet Strength (Rnk 32)
101
(Diff: 44)
Aircraft Carriers (Rnk 145)
0
(Diff: 0)
Aircraft Carriers (Rnk 145)
0
(Diff: 0)
Helo Carriers (Rnk 145)
0
(Diff: 0)
Helo Carriers (Rnk 145)
0
(Diff: 0)
Submarines (Rnk 145)
0
(Diff: -19)
Submarines (Rnk 7)
19
(Diff: 19)
Destroyers (Rnk 145)
0
(Diff: 0)
Destroyers (Rnk 145)
0
(Diff: 0)
Frigates (Rnk 11)
7
(Diff: 0)
Frigates (Rnk 11)
7
(Diff: 0)
Corvettes (Rnk 11)
4
(Diff: 1)
Corvettes (Rnk 12)
3
(Diff: -1)
Patrol Vessels (Rnk 21)
39
(Diff: 18)
Patrol Vessels (Rnk 36)
21
(Diff: -18)
Mine Warfare (Rnk 19)
3
(Diff: 2)
Mine Warfare (Rnk 21)
1
(Diff: -2)


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LOGISTICS
Airports (Rnk 25)
214
(Diff: -105)
Airports (Rnk 21)
319
(Diff: 105)
Merchant Marine (Rnk 40)
392
(Diff: -501)
Merchant Marine (Rnk 20)
893
(Diff: 501)
Ports & Terminals (Rnk 16)
5
(Diff: 1)
Ports & Terminals (Rnk 17)
4
(Diff: -1)
Labor Force (Rnk 39)
14,000,000
(Diff: -16,500,000)
Labor Force (Rnk 18)
30,500,000
(Diff: 16,500,000)
Roadways (Rnk 24)
221,372km
(Diff: -2,113km)
Roadways (Rnk 23)
223,485km
(Diff: 2,113km)
Roadways (Rnk 35)
5,410km
(Diff: -3,074km)
Roadways (Rnk 24)
8,484km
(Diff: 3,074km)


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NATURAL RESOURCES
Oil Production (Rnk 2)
10,815,700bbl
(Diff: 7,365,700bbl)
Oil Production (Rnk 9)
3,450,000bbl
(Diff: -7,365,700bbl)
Oil Consumption (Rnk 109)
3,185,000bbl
(Diff: 1,250,000bbl)
Oil Consumption (Rnk 102)
1,935,000bbl
(Diff: -1,250,000bbl)
Proven Oil Reserves (Rnk 2)
260,000,000,000bbl
(Diff: 50,000,000,000bbl)
Proven Oil Reserves (Rnk 3)
210,000,000,000bbl
(Diff: -50,000,000,000bbl)
Natural Gas Production (Rnk 8)
113,776,648,000bbl
(Diff: -123,784,767,000bbl)
Natural Gas Production (Rnk 3)
237,561,415,000bbl
(Diff: 123,784,767,000bbl)
Natural Gas Consumption (Rnk 103)
113,776,648,000bbl
(Diff: -106,927,634,000bbl)
Natural Gas Consumption (Rnk 105)
220,704,282,000bbl
(Diff: 106,927,634,000bbl)
Proven Nat.Gas Reserves (Rnk 6)
9,422,812,000,000bbl
(Diff: -24,564,484,000,000bbl)
Proven Nat.Gas Reserves (Rnk 2)
33,987,296,000,000bbl
(Diff: 24,564,484,000,000bbl)
Coal Production (Rnk 145)
0bbl
(Diff: -2,783,000bbl)
Coal Production (Rnk 43)
2,783,000bbl
(Diff: 2,783,000bbl)
Coal Consumption (Rnk 18)
73,000bbl
(Diff: -2,721,000bbl)
Coal Consumption (Rnk 60)
2,794,000bbl
(Diff: 2,721,000bbl)
Proven Coal Reserves (Rnk 145)
0bbl
(Diff: -1,203,000,000bbl)
Proven Coal Reserves (Rnk 31)
1,203,000,000bbl
(Diff: 1,203,000,000bbl)


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GEOGRAPHY
Square Land Area (Rnk 12)
2,149,690km
(Diff: 501,495km)
Square Land Area (Rnk 17)
1,648,195km
(Diff: -501,495km)
Shared Border (Rnk 88)
4,272km
(Diff: -1,622km)
Shared Border (Rnk 108)
5,894km
(Diff: 1,622km)
Coastline (Rnk 71)
2,640km
(Diff: 200km)
Coastline (Rnk 66)
2,440km
(Diff: -200km)
Waterways (Rnk 145)
0km
(Diff: -850km)
Waterways (Rnk 64)
850km
(Diff: 850km)




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