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2023 Qatar Military Strength

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For 2023, Qatar is ranked 65 of 145 out of the countries considered for the annual GFP review. The nation holds a PwrIndx* score of 1.1296 (a score of 0.0000 is considered 'perfect'). This entry last reviewed on 12/31/2022.

*PwrIndx: Each nation is assessed on individual and collective values processed through an in-house formula to generate its 'PwrIndx' (Power Index) score. Some values are estimated when official numbers are not available. View the NOTES tab below for a detailed breakdown of other assessments.
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The polar area chart above is intended to show relative inherent strengths and weakness at-a-glance; balance is prefered though not always achievable.
1) Manpower encompasses Active, Reserve, and any official Paramilitary forces identified for the nation; personnel from each branch of service is included.
2) Airpower includes war-making aerial systems, excluding trainers and drones.
3) Land Power includes motorized / mechanized vehicular elements as well as towed artillery and mechanized / towed MLRS systems.
4) Naval Power includes commissioned hulls ranging from Blue Water warships and submarines to Brown Water patrol assets (excluded for land-locked powers).
5) Financials average current financial health on the world stage.
6) Scores are an average of related categories in the GFP annual ranking.

Qatar is ranked 65 of 145 out of the countries considered for the annual Global Firepower review. The nation holds a Power Index score of 1.1296 with a score of 0.0000 being considered exceptional in the GFP assessment.
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This country is a Top 10 global producer of Natural Gas, a critical natural resource.

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137/ 145
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Active Persn
112/ 145
44/ 145
54/ 145
45/ 145
33/ 145
Attack Types
42/ 145
40/ 145
45/ 145
145/ 145
145/ 145
48/ 145
Attack Helos
25/ 145
72/ 145
65/ 145
Artillery (SP)
54/ 145
90/ 145
69/ 145
34/ 145
AC Carriers
145/ 145
145/ 145
145/ 145
145/ 145
11/ 145
145/ 145
37/ 145
Mine Warfare
145/ 145
Oil Prod
14/ 145
Oil Consump
73/ 145
Oil Rez.Proven
14/ 145
Nat.Gas Prod
6/ 145
NatGas Cons
82/ 145
NatGas Rez
3/ 145
Coal Prod
145/ 145
Coal Consump
1/ 145
Coal Rez.Prvn
145/ 145
Labor Force
113/ 145
59/ 145
Major Ports
18/ 145
136/ 145
145/ 145
109/ 145
38/ 145
79/ 145
Foreign Rez
66/ 145
61/ 145
Sq.Land Area
140/ 145
32/ 145
Shared Border
2/ 145
145/ 145


Theoretical, automatically generated based on supplied values.

National Defense
Guerilla/Asymmetric Warfare
Airspace Defense
Tactical Reach
Battlefield Support
Armored Warfare
Internal Security
Land Convoy Protection
Indirect Fire Support
Naval Warfare
Naval Convoy Protection
Waterway Denial
Submarine Hunting
Long-Term Sustainment
Global Trade

The act of waging (and sustaining) a prolonged conflict requires a massive financial commitment from all parties involved. As such, GFP focuses on a select group of financially-related categories showcased below.

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Purchasing Power Parity:
$245,660,000,000 USD
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Foreign Exchange/Gold:
$15,010,000,000 USD
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Defense Budget:
$5,856,000,000 USD
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External Debt:
$170,000,000,000 USD
All monetary values presented in United States Dollar (USD$).

Manpower is one of the few categories that every nation satisfies in the GFP index to one extent or another. These categories detail the maximum and realistic number of souls a given nation can commit to a war effort, be it offensive or defensive in nature.

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Total Population:
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Available Manpower
627,046 (25.0%)
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481,571 (19.2%)
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Reaching Mil Age Annually
12,541 (0.5%)
Tot Mil. Personnel (est.)
86,550 (3.5%)
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Active Personnel
66,550 (2.7%)
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Reserve Personnel
15,000 (0.6%)
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5,000 (0.2%)
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Air Force Personnel*
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Army Personnel*
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Navy Personnel*

*These values may be estimated.
Manpower Composition:
Hover over the various color-coded sections in the bar below for details on each category.

GFP tracks specific categories related to aerial warfare capabilities of a given power. READINESS values are based against the U.S. Air Force's 75% average across all categories to account for availability of individual over-battlefield assets due to general maintenance, modernization, refurbishment and the like. Percent values are % of total inventory stock available.

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Aircraft Total:
Stock: 198
Readiness: 129*
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Stock: 68 (34.3%)
Readiness: 44*
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Attack Types:
Stock: 6 (3.0%)
Readiness: 4*
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Transports (Fixed-Wing):
Stock: 12 (6.1%)
Readiness: 8*
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Stock: 52 (26.3%)
Readiness: 34*
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Stock: 0 (0.0%)
Readiness: 0*
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Tanker Fleet:
Stock: 0 (0.0%)
Readiness: 0*
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Stock: 60 (30.3%)
Readiness: 39*
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Attack Helicopters:
Stock: 24 (12.1%)
Readiness: 16*

*Values are estimated.
Inventory Composition:
Hover over pie slices in the chart below for category information. Pecentages below are not part of overall strength above but rather relative to each category presented below.

For an in-depth overview of current leading air powers of the world, including active inventories and strengths, consult the World Directory of Modern Military Aircraft (www.WDMMA.org).

GFP tracks specific categories related to land warfare capabilities of a given power. READINESS values are based against the U.S. Army's 80% average across all categories to account for availability of individual battlefield assets due to general maintenance, modernization, refurbishment and the like.

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Stock: 138
Readiness: 104*
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Stock: 8,208
Readiness: 6,156*
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Self-Propelled Artillery:
Stock: 46
Readiness: 35*
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Towed Artillery:
Stock: 12
Readiness: 9*
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MLRS (Rocket Artillery):
Stock: 16
Readiness: 12*

*Values are estimated.
Inventory Composition:
Hover over pie slices in the chart below for category information.

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Total Assets:
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Aircraft Carriers:
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Helicopter Carriers:
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Patrol Vessels:
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Mine Warfare:
Inventory Composition:
Hover over the pie slices in the chart below for more details.

For an in-depth overview of current leading naval powers of the world, including active inventories and strengths, consult the World Directory of Modern Military Warships (www.WDMMW.org).
GFP Hull Classifications:
GlobalFirepower.com (GFP) takes a rather conventional approach to hull classifications regarding per-country naval assets. Below are descriptions of each type considered:

Aircraft Carriers
These are either conventional- or nuclear-powered forms showcasing an expansive flight deck with hangar elevators for access. This surface is used for the launching and retrieval of fixed-wing aircraft (as a primary function) and rotorcraft (as a secondary function). In modern navies, Aircraft Carriers represent the flagship of the fleet, making them vital assets. Only a few select nations maintain an aircraft carrier as part of their surface fleet.
Helicopter Carriers
The Helicopter Carrier primarily supports rotorcraft and may offer facilities for the operation of Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) fixed-wing aircraft such as the F-35 and AV-8B 'jump jets'. These vessels are typically dimensionally smaller when compared to their Aircraft Carrier brethren. Provision for operating UAVs may also be seen in these vessel types.
Destroyers are the largest named, non-carrier ship type in modern fleets (not including Cruisers which are used by only a few powers). They are powerful, multi-mission oriented hulls with a broad array of sensors, processing systems, and weaponry and can support one or more rotorcraft from their included flight deck. Some forms are mission-specific, focusing on airspace deterrence or submarine hunting as primary roles.
Frigates are the economical answer to the Destroyer, given roughly the same Blue Water / deep water capabilities and broad weapons / mission set. Similarly, they can support rotorcraft and operate independently or as part of the main fighting fleet. Their hull design bridges the gap between the dimensionally larger Destroyer and the smaller Corvette.
Corvettes typically represent the 'smallest' named vessels of the fleet. These are relatively compact hulls capable of operating in Blue Water environments as well as close-to-shore depending on draught depth. Corvettes can prove to be an economical measure for specific powers finding Frigate types out-of-scope and can also serve well those nations showcasing long-running coastlines.
Conventionally- (diesel-electric) and nuclear-powered submersible hull designs are grouped together in the GFP analysis. Additionally, there is no distinction made between dedicated-attack, ballistic missile, and nuclear-attack types. Compact 'midget' submarines are also included as they still form portions of some fleets (as is the case for North Korea and Iran).
Patrol Vessels
The Patrol Vessel category is purposely broad and includes Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) types as well as gunboats, missile boats, fast-attack craft, and - in some cases - riverine assets. These boats are given shallow draughts for their specific operating environments and will typically serve as deterrent and enforcement assets in the grand scheme of the surface fleet.
Mine Warfare
Mine Warfare and Mine / Countermine assets are a generally overlooked portion of any surface fleet but prove just as critical as other designs particularly in times of war where their capabilities allow for denial of strategic waterways or participation in 'siege tactics' against harbors and ports. The GFP analysis reflects their importance in modern naval warfare.

End-use products reflect a given nation's ability to produce products through manufacturing, industry, and / or agriculture.
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The GFP index tracks crude Oil (petroleum) and (new as of 2023) Natural Gas and Coal usage / reserves / stock for each country. Natural resources are critical to a nation in both war and peace time, in some cases forming the lifeblood of a given world power. 2022 showed just how natural resources can be 'weaponized' by one party over another.

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Oil Production:
1,815,100 bbl
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Oil Consumption:
295,000 bbl
Oil Deficit:
+1,520,100 bbl
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Oil Proven Reserves:
25,245,000,000 bbl

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Natural Gas Production:
167,460,966,000 cu.m
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Natural Gas Consumption:
37,701,809,000 cu.m
Natural Gas Deficit:
+129,759,157,000 cu.m
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Nat.Gas Proven Rez:
23,860,500,000,000 cu.m

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Coal Production:
0 mt
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Coal Consumption:
0 mt
Coal Deficit:
0 mt
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Coal Proven Reserves:
0 mt
Oil bbl represented as unit 'barrel of oil'. Natural Gas represented in 'cubic meters'. Coal represented in 'metric tons'.

The GFP formula tracks various factors related to logistics which prove critical to any one global power in both war and peace time. These factor into a nation's ability to move man, machine, and supplies from one point to another - a particularly important quality when considering mass-mobilization.

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Labor Force:
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Merchant Marine Fleet:
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Ports / Trade Terminals:
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Roadway Coverage:
7,039 km
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Railway Coverage:
0 km
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Waterways (usable):
0 km

FINANCIALS - Values partly derived from the CIA World Factbook and presented in USD ($). Estimates made when needed.

GEOGRAPHY - Values derived from the CIA World Factbook. As geography can play a role in both offensive and defensive wars, the GFP formula takes geographic qualities into account (border coverage, coastline coverage).

CAPITAL - Basic details covering the name, population, temperature, and precipitation values of a given capital city.

MANPOWER - Values partly derived from the CIA World Factbook. Some values may be estimated.

AIRPOWER - Values derived from multiple sources. Estimates made when required. Total Aircraft Strength value includes both fixed-wing and rotorcraft platforms from all branches of service (at this time UAVs are not included). 'Attack' value constitutes purpose-built, fixed-wing dedicated attack types. 'Transports' value includes only fixed-wing aircraft while all rotorcraft are represented under the 'Helicopters' value. For an in-depth look into the current air powers of the world, consider "the World Directory of Modern Military Aircraft" [www.WDMMA.org - external link].

LAND FORCES - Values derived from multiple sources. Estimates made when required. 'Tanks' value includes Main Battle Tanks (MBTs), medium tanks, and light tanks. 'Vehicles' value includes APCs, IFVs, MRAPs, Armored Cars, and support / logistical / engineering types. 'Rocket Projectors' (MLRSs) include self-propelled and towed forms.

NAVAL FORCES - Values derived from multiple sources. Estimates made when required. 'Total Assets' value includes all possible / available vessels including auxiliaries. 'Aircraft Carriers' value includes only traditional through-deck carriers (both conventionally- and nuclear-powered); Helicopter Carriers are considered in their own separate listing. 'Submarines' value includes both diesel-electric and nuclear-powered types. Landlocked nations are not penalized for the lack of a standing navy. For an in-depth look into the current naval powers of the world, consider "the World Directory of Modern Military Warships" [www.WDMMW.org - external link].

END-USE PRODUCTS - Graphics intended to showcase manufacturing, industrial, and agricultural prowess of a global power. Not all products may be accounted for in the showcase.

NATURAL RESOURCES - Values derived from the CIA World Factbook or estimated in some cases. Values presented as BBL (Barrel unit), cu.m (Cubic Meters), and mt (Metric Tons).

LOGISTICS - Values derived from the CIA World Factbook. Ports & Terminals may reside outside of a nations own borders if arrangements with an ally have been made. Landlocked nations are penalized for the lack of a standing Merchant Marine force.

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