Kazakhstan not among 35 most powerful militaries01 august 2014, 14:24
Kazakhstan is in the 80th place in the ranking by conventional military strength according to the Global Firepower Index, Tengrinews reports citing Business Insider.
The Global Firepower Index includes 109 countries. More than 50 factors are taken into account in the ranking, including the available manpower and equipment, total military budget and access to resources. Oil reserves, logistics, foreign exchange and gold reserves, and land area and population.
Notably, Kazakhstan’s rating does not suffer from the country being landlocked. Nor does it suffer because the country willingly gave up its nuclear weapons after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. This is because the rating does not downgrade land-locked countries for not having a standing navy and, more interestingly, the rating altogether excludes the number of nuclear warheads.
According to the rating, Kazakhstan is behind the post-Soviet countries like Russia (2), Ukraine (21), Uzbekistan (48), Azerbaijan (50), Belarus (52) and Georgia (64).
The United States of America are the leader of the ranking. The country spends $612.5 billion on its military a year and is an absolute leader in terms of the number of aircraft carriers with 10 of them gliding the oceans.
Russia, which is in the 2nd place, has only 1 aircraft carrier, but 15,000 tanks.
China closes the top three most powerful militaries with 750 million of available manpower – an absolute leader in this respect.
Here is the list of 35 most powerful armies in the world prepared by Business Insider. The magazine added nuclear capability for comparison, though it is not incorporated into the actual Index calculation.
By Dinara Urazova