Power Index

Global Firepower 2014

Full Ranked List of Global Firepower 2014

Global Firepower 2014

NASA Blue Marble of Western Hemisphere

Global Firepower has finally created the “Power Index” which supplies a nation respective position in the rankings of relative military strenghts.

“War does not determine who is right – only who is left.” Bertrand Russell

Using datas from publicly-available sources such CIA.gov, CIA World Factbook and wikipedia (good source?), The Global Firepower provides an outstanding analytical data regarding 106 military powers. This ranking allow the comparison concerning relative military capabilities. Nuclear capabilities of each nation are not taken into account, the ranking is based on each nation’s conventional war-making capabilities across air, sea and land.

Countries Ranked By Military Strength 2014

A M1A1 tank firing its main gun

  1. United States of America
  2. Russia
  3. China
  4. India
  5. United Kingdom
  6. France
  7. Germany
  8. Turkey
  9. South Korea
  10. Japan
  11. Israel
  12. Italy
  13. Brazil

    Indian Navy’s aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya

  14. Pakistan
  15. Canada
  16. Taiwan
  17. Poland
  18. Indonesia
  19. Australia
  20. Ukraine
  21. Iran
  22. Vietnam
  23. Thailand

    PLAAF airmen on parade during a full honors arrival ceremony in 2000. ©Linda D. Kozaryn

  24. Saudi Arabia
  25. Syria
  26. Switzerland
  27. Spain
  28. Sweden
  29. Czech Republic
  30. Algeria
  31. Netherlands
  32. Mexico
  33. Belgium
  34. North Korea
  35. Austria
  36. Philippines
  37. Malasya
  38. Norway
  39. Ethiopia
  40. South Africa

    A New Zealand Army NZLAV at Tekapo Military Camp

  41. United Arab Emirates
  42. Denmark
  43. Singapore
  44. Yemen
  45. Croatia
  46. Nigeria
  47. Uzbekistan
  48. Finland
  49. Azerbaijan
  50. Romania

    IAR 330 Puma Naval ©Codrut Burdujan

  51. Belarus
  52. Portugal
  53. Colombia
  54. Argentina
  55. Bangladesh
  56. Greece
  57. Chile
  58. Peru
  59. Serbia
  60. Hungary
  61. Venezuela

    Coat of Arms Bolivarian Venezuelan Military Aviation ©Kwasura

  62. Kenya
  63. Georgia
  64. Morocco
  65. Tunisia
  66. Jordan
  67. Iraq
  68. Oman
  69. Bulgaria
  70. Slovakia
  71. Mongolia
  72. Angola
  73. Kuwait
  74. Ecuador
  75. Afghanistan
  76. Nepal
  77. Libya
  78. Sudan
  79. Kazakhstan
  80. Bahrain
  81. Qatar

    A pilot with the air force of Qatar performs a preflight check on his Mirage F1 aircraft prior to taking off on a mission during Operation Desert Storm.

  82. Lebanon
  83. Cambodia
  84. New Zeland
  85. Sri Lanka
  86. Democratic Republic of the Congo
  87. Uganda
  88. Paraguay
  89. South Sudan
  90. Bolivia
  91. Nicaragua
  92. Ghana
  93. Slovenia
  94. Zimbabwe
  95. Estonia
  96. Cameroon
  97. Panama
  98. Zambia
  99. Somalia
  100. Uruguay
  101. Laos
  102. Lithuania
  103. Mozambique
  104. Madagascar
  105. Tanzania


The formula behind the Global Firepower utilizes over fifty different factors and compares each nation.

Manpower: total populations, available manpower, fit for service, reaching military age annually, active military manpower, active reserve military manpower.

Land Systems: Tanks (MBT/light), armored fighting vehicles, self-propelled guns, towed artillery pieces, rocket projectors (MLRS).

Air Power: Total aircraft, fighters / interceptors, attack aircraft, trainer aircraft, helicopters, attack helicopters, serviceable airports.

Naval Power: Total strenght, aircraft carriers, frigates, destroyers, corvettes, submarines, patrol craft, mine warfare.

Resources: Oil production, oil consumption, proven oil reserves.

Logistical: Labor force, merchant marine strength, major ports and terminals, roadway coverage, railway coverage.

Financial: annual defense budget, external debt, reserves of foreign exchange and gold, purchasing power parity.

Geographic: Square land area, coastline, shared borders, waterway coverage.

Powers by Region: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, North America, South AMerica, Scandinavia.

Miscellaneous: Compare countries, GFP Ranking.