North Korea Military Strength
Thawing relations with the South have not put an end to North Korean nuclear aspirations - its conventional fighting forces also remain a threat.
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/unattainable. Otherwise official/semi-official values are used whenever possible. Content ©2006- www.GlobalFirepower.com.
Values related to a nation's complete population and as it relates to theoretical available fighting strength. Wars, particularly those with high attrition, traditionally favor higher manpower.
Total Population: 25,381,085
Available Manpower: 13,045,878
Reaching Military Age Annually: 415,068
Total Military Personnel: 7,580,000 (est.)
Active Personnel: 1,280,000
Reserve Personnel: 6,300,000
Total Aircraft Strength value includes both fixed- and rotary-wing systems from all branches of service (UAVs are not included in this total). Attack values cover both multirole and purpose-built light-attack types (and so some fighters also fall into the Attack total). Transports value includes only fixed-wing tactical/strategic aircraft. UAVs are currently being excluded from the total. For an in-depth look into the numbers available to any one air force of the world, consider www.WDMMA.org (external link) - the "World Directory of Modern Military Aircraft". Also consider Aircraft throughout the military history of North Korea (external link).
Total Aircraft Strength: 949 (ranked 11 of 137)
(ranked 5 of 137)
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(ranked 17 of 137)
Total Helicopter Strength: 204
(ranked 23 of 137)
Attack Helicopters: 20
(ranked 25 of 137)
Combat Tank value includes Main Battle Tanks (MBTs), light tanks, and tank destroyers (no distinction is made between tracked and wheeled types). Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFV) value includes APCs, IFVs, MRAPs, and Armored Cars. Rocket Projectors only include self-propelled forms. Also consider Armor and Artillery throughout the military history of North Korea (external link).
Combat Tanks: 6,075 (ranked 4 of 137)
Armored Fighting Vehicles: 10,000 (ranked 6 of 137)
Self-Propelled Artillery: 2,250 (ranked 3 of 137)
Towed Artillery: 4,300 (ranked 3 of 137)
Rocket Projectors: 5,000 (ranked 1 of 137)
Petroleum remains the lifeblood of war. As such it is weighed into the GFP ranking through the figures below. Values are shown as BBL/DY (Barrels Per Day).
Oil Consumption: 15,000 bbl/dy
Proven Oil Reserves: 0 bbl
For the GFP ranking, Logistics values include personnel, industry, and services related to war production.
Merchant Marine Strength: 248
Major Ports / Hubs / Terminals: 7
Roadway Coverage: 25,554 km
Railway Coverage: 5,242 km
The GFP ranking takes into account a nation's financial health on the world stage. All values presented in USD ($).
Defense Budget: $7,500,000,000
External Debt: $5,000,000,000
Reservses of Foreign Exchange / Gold: $5,000,000,000
Purchasing Power Parity (PPP): $40,000,000,000
Geography considerations can factor decisively into both offensive- and defensive-mind campaigns.
Square Land Area: 120,538 km
Coastline Coverage: 2,495 km
Usable Waterways: 2,250 km