These are the Strongest Military Power in the World

If an all-out battle might be the only way to truly determine which country has the strongest armed forces, I hope we never have to find out. Battle aside, how does one determine who has the most powerful armed forces in the world? Is it the number of soldiers in a country’s militia? Or the types of technology a country has built to defend itself? Or maybe your military budget? Considering the factors mentioned above, resources such as Global Fire Power, The Credit Suisse Report and Nation Master, allowed us to rank the world’s military powers with a good level of certainty.

Read on to see which countries made the list of the most powerful in the world, leading the strongest. Some of them will definitely surprise you. See which small island country has more than 1.6 million troops in reserve.


For a country of just 30 million people, the armed forces in Peru are quite sizable, with 100,000 active personnel and 268,000 reservists waiting to serve at any given time.

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Peru has an active air force that includes combat aircraft, as well as attack helicopters, attack aircraft and air support. The country’s ground support provides 300 combat tanks, armored fighting vehicles and towed and self-propelled artillery support, as well as rocket projectors. The country also offers a small naval fleet made up of frigates, patrol craft, corvettes and six submarines. The military’s budget is just north of $820 million a year.