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2023 South Sudan Military Strength



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For 2023, South Sudan is ranked 116 of 145 out of the countries considered for the annual GFP review. The nation holds a PwrIndx* score of 2.5261 (a score of 0.0000 is considered 'perfect'). This entry last reviewed on 01/01/2023.

*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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Breakdown



South Sudan is ranked 116 of 145 out of the countries considered for the annual Global Firepower review. The nation holds a Power Index score of 2.5261 with a score of 0.0000 being considered exceptional in the GFP assessment.
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This country is an Active Member of the African Union alliance.
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Bordered by land on all sides without direct access to the sea, this country is landlocked.

Population
78/ 145
Avail.Manpwr
74/ 145
Fit-for-Serv
80/ 145
Mil.Age.Annu
67/ 145
Active Persn
27/ 145
Rez.Persn
145/ 145
Paramil.Persn
145/ 145
Aircraft
101/ 145
Fighters
145/ 145
Attack Types
145/ 145
Transports
50/ 145
Trainers
145/ 145
Spl.Mission
145/ 145
Tankers
145/ 145
Helicopters
74/ 145
Attack Helos
40/ 145
Tanks
76/ 145
Vehicles
116/ 145
Artillery (SP)
61/ 145
Art.(Towed)
145/ 145
MLRS
70/ 145
Oil Prod
38/ 145
Oil Consump
10/ 145
Oil Rez.Proven
26/ 145
Nat.Gas Prod
145/ 145
NatGas Cons
1/ 145
NatGas Rez
145/ 145
Coal Prod
145/ 145
Coal Consump
1/ 145
Coal Rez.Prvn
145/ 145
Labor Force
130/ 145
Merch.Marines
145/ 145
Major Ports
145/ 145
Roadways
56/ 145
Railways
121/ 145
Airports
57/ 145
Def.Budget
118/ 145
Ext.Debt
11/ 145
Foreign Rez
142/ 145
Purch.Power
133/ 145
Sq.Land Area
41/ 145
Shared Border
112/ 145
Waterways
145/ 145


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GENERAL CAPABILITIES
Theoretical, automatically generated based on supplied values.

National Defense
Armored Warfare
Internal Security
Land Convoy Protection
Indirect Fire Support
Long-Term Sustainment
Goods/Supplies Transportation
Natural Geographic Defense



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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133/145
Purchasing Power Parity:
$20,000,000,000 USD
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142/145
Foreign Exchange/Gold:
$73,000,000 USD
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118/145
Defense Budget:
$276,000,000 USD
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11/145
External Debt:
$2,250,000,000 USD
All monetary values presented in United States Dollar (USD$).


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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78/145
Total Population:
11,544,905
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74/145
Available Manpower
5,772,453 (50.0%)
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80/145
Fit-for-Service
3,694,370 (32.0%)
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67/145
Reaching Mil Age Annually
300,168 (2.6%)
Tot Mil. Personnel (est.)
175,000 (1.5%)
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27/145
Active Personnel
175,000 (1.5%)
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145/145
Reserve Personnel
0 (0.0%)
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145/145
Paramilitary
0 (0.0%)
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71/145
Air Force Personnel*
350
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32/145
Army Personnel*
65,000
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72/145
Navy Personnel*
550


*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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101/145
Aircraft Total:
Stock: 18
Readiness: 7*
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145/145
Fighters:
Stock: 0 (0.0%)
Readiness: 0*
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145/145
Attack Types:
Stock: 0 (0.0%)
Readiness: 0*
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50/145
Transports (Fixed-Wing):
Stock: 2 (11.1%)
Readiness: 1*
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145/145
Trainers:
Stock: 0 (0.0%)
Readiness: 0*
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145/145
Special-Mission:
Stock: 0 (0.0%)
Readiness: 0*
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145/145
Tanker Fleet:
Stock: 0 (0.0%)
Readiness: 0*
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74/145
Helicopters:
Stock: 16 (88.9%)
Readiness: 6*
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40/145
Attack Helicopters:
Stock: 6 (33.3%)
Readiness: 2*


*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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76/145
Tanks:
Stock: 120
Readiness: 60*
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116/145
Vehicles:
Stock: 1,920
Readiness: 960*
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61/145
Self-Propelled Artillery:
Stock: 24
Readiness: 12*
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145/145
Towed Artillery:
Stock: 0
Readiness: 0*
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70/145
MLRS (Rocket Artillery):
Stock: 15
Readiness: 8*


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




End-use products reflect a given nation's ability to produce products through manufacturing, industry, and / or agriculture.
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BEEF
Icon image of a collection of cassava root bulbs
CASSAVA
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MILK
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SHEEP
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VEGTBLES



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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38/145
Oil Production:
160,000 bbl
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10/145
Oil Consumption:
13,000 bbl
Oil Deficit:
+147,000 bbl
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26/145
Oil Proven Reserves:
3,750,000,000 bbl

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145/145
Natural Gas Production:
0 cu.m
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1/145
Natural Gas Consumption:
0 cu.m
Natural Gas Deficit:
0 cu.m
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145/145
Nat.Gas Proven Rez:
0 cu.m

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145/145
Coal Production:
0 mt
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1/145
Coal Consumption:
0 mt
Coal Deficit:
0 mt
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145/145
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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130/145
Labor Force:
750,000
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145/145
Merchant Marine Fleet:
0
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145/145
Ports / Trade Terminals:
0
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57/145
Airports:
89
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56/145
Roadway Coverage:
90,200 km
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121/145
Railway Coverage:
248 km
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145/145
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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