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Comparison of Saudi Arabia and Iran Military Strengths (2021)



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Side-by-side comparison showcasing the relative fighting strengths of Saudi Arabia and Iran for the year 2021.



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COUNTRIES
Saudi Arabia
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PwrIndx: 0.3231*
*PwrIndx score of 0.0000 being optimal.
Ranked 17 of 140
Iran
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PwrIndx: 0.2511*
*PwrIndx score of 0.0000 being optimal.
Ranked 14 of 140
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MANPOWER
Total Population (Rnk 41)
34,173,498
(Diff: -50,749,816)
Total Population (Rnk 17)
84,923,314
(Diff: 50,749,816)
Available Manpower (Rnk 35)
17,770,219
(Diff: -29,786,837)
Available Manpower (Rnk 14)
47,557,056
(Diff: 29,786,837)
Fit-for-Service (Rnk 30)
16,348,601
(Diff: -23,599,326)
Fit-for-Service (Rnk 13)
39,947,927
(Diff: 23,599,326)
Reaching Mil. Age Annually (Rnk 37)
588,550
(Diff: -809,627)
Reaching Mil. Age Annually (Rnk 16)
1,398,177
(Diff: 809,627)
Active Personnel (Rnk 10)
480,000
(Diff: -45,000)
Active Personnel (Rnk 8)
525,000
(Diff: 45,000)
Reserve Personnel (Rnk 139)
0
(Diff: -350,000)
Reserve Personnel (Rnk 17)
350,000
(Diff: 350,000)
Paramilitary Forces (Rnk 36)
25,000
(Diff: -1,025,000)
Paramilitary Forces (Rnk 7)
1,050,000
(Diff: 1,025,000)
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FINANCIALS
Defense Budget (Rnk 7)
$48,500,000,000
(Diff: $34,400,000,000)
Defense Budget (Rnk 20)
$14,100,000,000
(Diff: $-34,400,000,000)
External Debt (Rnk 34)
$205,100,000,000
(Diff: $197,105,000,000)
External Debt (Rnk 108)
$7,995,000,000
(Diff: $-197,105,000,000)
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)
$1,782,500,000,000
(Diff: $25,000,000,000)
Purchasing Power (Rnk 18)
$1,757,500,000,000
(Diff: $-25,000,000,000)
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AIRPOWER
Total Aircraft (Rnk 12)
889
(Diff: 373)
Total Aircraft (Rnk 24)
516
(Diff: -373)
Fighter Aircraft (Rnk 9)
279
(Diff: 118)
Fighter Aircraft (Rnk 17)
161
(Diff: -118)
Dedicated Attack (Rnk 9)
81
(Diff: 58)
Dedicated Attack (Rnk 19)
23
(Diff: -58)
Transports (Rnk 16)
50
(Diff: -35)
Transports (Rnk 7)
85
(Diff: 35)
Trainers (Rnk 15)
186
(Diff: 90)
Trainers (Rnk 29)
96
(Diff: -90)
Special-Mission (Rnk 19)
13
(Diff: 4)
Special-Mission (Rnk 22)
9
(Diff: -4)
Helicopters (Rnk 17)
258
(Diff: 159)
Helicopters (Rnk 37)
99
(Diff: -159)
Attack Helicopters (Rnk 19)
34
(Diff: 22)
Attack Helicopters (Rnk 35)
12
(Diff: -22)
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LAND POWER
Tank Strength (Rnk 21)
1,062
(Diff: -2,647)
Tank Strength (Rnk 7)
3,709
(Diff: 2,647)
Armored Vehicles (Rnk 5)
12,500
(Diff: 4,000)
Armored Vehicles (Rnk 12)
8,500
(Diff: -4,000)
Self-Propelled Artillery (Rnk 10)
705
(Diff: -65)
Self-Propelled Artillery (Rnk 9)
770
(Diff: 65)
Towed Artillery (Rnk 9)
1,800
(Diff: -308)
Towed Artillery (Rnk 6)
2,108
(Diff: 308)
Mobile Rocket Projectors (Rnk 16)
300
(Diff: -2,175)
Mobile Rocket Projectors (Rnk 2)
2,475
(Diff: 2,175)
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NAVAL POWER
Fleet Strength (Rnk 44)
55
(Diff: -343)
Fleet Strength (Rnk 6)
398
(Diff: 343)
Aircraft Carriers (Rnk 139)
0
(Diff: 0)
Aircraft Carriers (Rnk 139)
0
(Diff: 0)
Helo Carriers (Rnk 139)
0
(Diff: 0)
Helo Carriers (Rnk 139)
0
(Diff: 0)
Submarines (Rnk 139)
0
(Diff: -29)
Submarines (Rnk 5)
29
(Diff: 29)
Destroyers (Rnk 139)
0
(Diff: 0)
Destroyers (Rnk 139)
0
(Diff: 0)
Frigates (Rnk 11)
7
(Diff: 1)
Frigates (Rnk 12)
6
(Diff: -1)
Corvettes (Rnk 13)
4
(Diff: 1)
Corvettes (Rnk 14)
3
(Diff: -1)
Patrol Vessels (Rnk 48)
9
(Diff: -11)
Patrol Vessels (Rnk 37)
20
(Diff: 11)
Mine Warfare (Rnk 17)
3
(Diff: 3)
Mine Warfare (Rnk 139)
0
(Diff: -3)
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LOGISTICS
Airports (Rnk 25)
214
(Diff: -105)
Airports (Rnk 21)
319
(Diff: 105)
Merchant Marine (Rnk 37)
374
(Diff: -411)
Merchant Marine (Rnk 22)
785
(Diff: 411)
Ports & Terminals (Rnk 16)
5
(Diff: 1)
Ports & Terminals (Rnk 17)
4
(Diff: -1)
Labor Force (Rnk 39)
13,800,000
(Diff: -16,700,000)
Labor Force (Rnk 18)
30,500,000
(Diff: 16,700,000)
Roadways (Rnk 22)
221,372km
(Diff: 48,445km)
Roadways (Rnk 28)
172,927km
(Diff: -48,445km)
Roadways (Rnk 82)
1,378km
(Diff: -7,064km)
Roadways (Rnk 24)
8,442km
(Diff: 7,064km)
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RESOURCES (OIL)
Oil Production (Rnk 3)
10,425,000bbl
(Diff: 6,175,000bbl)
Oil Production (Rnk 6)
4,250,000bbl
(Diff: -6,175,000bbl)
Oil Consumption (Rnk 4)
4,000,000bbl
(Diff: 2,000,000bbl)
Oil Consumption (Rnk 9)
2,000,000bbl
(Diff: -2,000,000bbl)
Proven Reserves (Rnk 2)
266,200,000,000bbl
(Diff: 109,000,000,000bbl)
Proven Reserves (Rnk 4)
157,200,000,000bbl
(Diff: -109,000,000,000bbl)
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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 47)
4,272km
(Diff: -1,622km)
Shared Border (Rnk 27)
5,894km
(Diff: 1,622km)
Coastline (Rnk 36)
2,640km
(Diff: 200km)
Coastline (Rnk 41)
2,440km
(Diff: -200km)
Waterways (Rnk 139)
0km
(Diff: -850km)
Waterways (Rnk 65)
850km
(Diff: 850km)


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