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Kazakhstan's army ranks 80th in Global Firepower Index 23 января 2015, 20:36

Kazakhstan’s army has been ranked 80th in the updated Global Firepower Index.
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Soldiers of Kazakhstan's army. ©REUTERS Soldiers of Kazakhstan's army. ©REUTERS

Kazakhstan’s army has been ranked 80th in the updated Global Firepower IndexTengrinews reports. The ranking is available here.

Global Firepower Index evaluated the military strength of the world’s 106 nations utilizing around 50 various factors including the available manpower, land, naval and air power, economic resources that the country is ready to spend on development of its military capability.

However, the authors claim that nuclear power is not taken into account, because otherwhise, developing such ranking would be pointless.

In addition, reliance on natural resources mainly oil (the higher the production, the better and vice versa) and geographical location of countries is included in the calculation.

Overall, the ranking tries to present an unbiased perspective on conventional military power of each country in the list.

As for Kazakhstan, according to the ranking, Kazakhstan’s army has 300 tanks, 1,743 armored fighting vehicles (AFVs), 744 towed-artillery, 232 aircrafts, 15 ships and 393 multiple-lauch rocket systems (MLRSs).

With a population of over 17 million, more than 8 million of Kazakhstan’s citizens are ready to fight and defend its country.

In addition, Kazakhstan’s defense budget stands at $2.4 billion.

The leader of the rating is the United States, which spends $612.5 billion on defense. 

The US’s available manpower amounts to more than 145 million people. It also has 1,430,000 million of active frontline personnel and a reserve force of 850,880 personnel that are backed up by 8,325 tanks, 25, 782 AFVs, 1,791 towed-artillery, 1,330 MLRSs, and 13,683 aircrafts.

Apart from the US, the leading nations in the list are Russia, China, India, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Turkey, South Korea and Japan.

The countries with the least military strength are Laos, Lithuania, Mozambique, Madagascar and Tanzania.

By Assel Satubaldina

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