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Belgium Military Strength

Like its neighbors, Belgium finds itself increasingly in the crosshairs of internal terrorist attacks directed by outside forces.

Belgium Military Strength

Like its neighbors, Belgium finds itself increasingly in the crosshairs of internal terrorist attacks directed by outside forces.

OVERVIEW
MANPOWER
AIRPOWER
LAND STRENGTH
NAVAL STRENGTH
MISCELLANEOUS
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OVERVIEW: Belgium (BEL)



Belgium is ranked 68 (of 136) out of the countries currently considered for the annual GFP review. It holds a PwrIndx rating of 1.0885 (0.0000 being perfect).
Each nation detailed on GlobalFirepower.com is assessed on individual and collective values. These values are processed through an in-house formula to generate the PwrIndx (PowerIndex) score which is used to establish the finalized GFP rankings for the current year. Keep in mind that some values are estimated when official numbers are not readily available. Otherwise official / semi-official values are used when possible. All content is ©2006- www.GlobalFirepower.com. Reproduction of this content is prohibited.
MANPOWER: Going beyond military equipment totals and perceived fighting strength is the actual manpower that makes up a given military force. Wars, particularly those with high attrition, traditionally favor those with more manpower.
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TOTAL POPULATION: 11,491,346
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AVAILABLE MANPOWER: 4,800,000
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FIT-FOR-SERVICE: 3,815,000
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REACHING MILITARY AGE ANNUALLY: 117,015
TOTAL MILITARY PERSONNEL: 38,800
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ACTIVE PERSONNEL: 32,300
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RESERVE PERSONNEL: 6,500
AIRPOWER: Values include both fixed- and rotary-wing systems from all branches of service. Attack Aircraft are defined as those capable of attacking ground / surface targets (Some BEING purpose-built while others are modifications of existing products). Attack Helicopters are defined as those multi-engine, rotary-wing systems developed specifically to attack ground targets. Transports value includes both fixed- and rotary-wing products. At this time, UAV values are not considered. EXTERNAL LINK: Aircraft throughout the military history of Belgium
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TOTAL AIRCRAFT STRENGTH: 164
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FIGHTERS: 45
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ATTACK: 45
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TRANSPORTS: 49
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TRAINERS: 70
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TOTAL HELICOPTER STRENGTH: 33
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ATTACK HELICOPTERS: 0


LAND STRENGTH: Combat Tank value includes Main Battle Tanks (MBTs), light tanks, and tank destroyers. No distinction is made between tracked and wheeled designs. Armored Fighting Vehicle (AFV) value includes Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) as well as Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs). Rocket Projectors primary include self-propelled forms. EXTERNAL LINK: Armor and Artillery throughout the military history of Belgium
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COMBAT TANKS: 0
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ARMORED FIGHTING VEHICLES: 545
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SELF-PROPELLED ARTILLERY: 0
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TOWED ARTILLERY: 0
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ROCKET PROJECTORS: 0
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TOTAL NAVAL ASSETS: 17*
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AIRCRAFT CARRIERS: 0
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FRIGATES: 2
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DESTROYERS: 0
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CORVETTES: 0
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SUBMARINES: 0
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PATROL VESSELS: 2
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MINE WARFARE: 6




NATURAL RESOURCES (PETROLEUM): Petroleum remains the lifeblood of any war. As such it is weighed into the GFP ranking through the figures below. Values are shown as BBL/DY (Barrels Per Day).
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OIL PRODUCTION: 0 bbl/dy
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OIL CONSUMPTION: 615,000 bbl/dy
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PROVEN RESERVES: 0 bbl


LOGISTICS: Logistics works its way into any formula regarding war. For the GFP ranking, values include personnel, industry, and services related to war production.
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LABOR FORCE: 5,324,000
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MERCHANT MARINE STRENGTH: 185
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MAJOR PORTS, HUBS & TERMINALS: 8
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ROADWAY COVERAGE: 153,595 km
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RAILWAY COVERAGE: 3,233 km
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SERVICABLE AIRPORTS: 41


FINANCE: The GFP ranking takes into account a nation's financial health on the world stage. All values presented in USD ($).
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DEFENSE BUDGET: $5,085,000,000
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EXTERNAL DEBT: $1,281,000,000,000
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RESERVES OF FOREIGN EXCHANGE & GOLD: $23,570,000,000
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PURCHASING POWER PARITY: $526,400,000,000


GEOGRAPHY: Geography values factor into both offensive and defensive wars.
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SQUARE LAND AREA: 30,528 km
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COASTLINE: 67 km
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SHARED BORDER: 1,297 km
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WATERWAYS: 2,043 km