MANPOWER: 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.
AVAILABLE MANPOWER: 26,250,220
REACHING MILITARY AGE ANNUALLY: 963,908
TOTAL MILITARY PERSONNEL:81,300(est.)
ACTIVE PERSONNEL: 66,300
RESERVE PERSONNEL: 15,000
AIRPOWER: 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. Transports value includes only fixed-wing aircraft (as of 2019). EXTERNAL LINK: Aircraft throughout the military history of South Africa
TOTAL AIRCRAFT STRENGTH:206(ranked 46 of 137)
FIGHTERS: 17 (ranked 54 of 137)
ATTACK: 17 (ranked 59 of 137)
TRANSPORTS: 23 (ranked 32 of 137)
TRAINERS: 67 (ranked 41 of 137)
TOTAL HELICOPTER STRENGTH:92(ranked 42 of 137)
ATTACK HELICOPTERS: 12 (ranked 32 of 137)
LAND STRENGTH: 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. EXTERNAL LINK: Armor and Artillery throughout the military history of South Africa
COMBAT TANKS:195(ranked 62 of 137)
ARMORED FIGHTING VEHICLES: 2,500 (ranked 29 of 137)
SELF-PROPELLED ARTILLERY: 43 (ranked 51 of 137)
TOWED ARTILLERY: 100 (ranked 72 of 137)
ROCKET PROJECTORS: 50 (ranked 45 of 137)
NAVAL STRENGTH: Aircraft Carrier value includes traditional carriers as well as Helicopter Carriers. Submarine value includes diesel-electric and nuclear-powered types, no distinction being made between conventional- and nuclear-attack forms. Total Naval Assets (*) value includes all possible / available vessels including auxiliaries, which are not showcased individually below. EXTERNAL LINK: Warships and Submarines throughout the military history of South Africa
TOTAL NAVAL ASSETS:30*
AIRCRAFT CARRIERS: 0
PATROL VESSELS: 31
MINE WARFARE: 2
NATURAL RESOURCES (PETROLEUM): 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 PRODUCTION: 2,000 bbl/dy
OIL CONSUMPTION:605,000 bbl/dy
PROVEN RESERVES:15,000,000 bbl
LOGISTICS: For the GFP ranking, Logistics values include personnel, industry, and services related to war production.
LABOR FORCE: 22,190,000
MERCHANT MARINE STRENGTH: 82
MAJOR PORTS, HUBS & TERMINALS: 5
ROADWAY COVERAGE: 362,099 km
RAILWAY COVERAGE: 20,192 km
SERVICABLE AIRPORTS: 566
FINANCE: The GFP ranking takes into account a nation's financial health on the world stage. All values presented in USD ($).
RESERVES OF FOREIGN EXCHANGE & GOLD: $50,720,000,000
PURCHASING POWER PARITY: $774,350,000,000
GEOGRAPHY: Geography values factor into both offensive and defensive wars.