The great Indian Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw had once asked Indira Gandhi to mind her own business & not get into the internal matters of the Indian army. We’ve heard & read about a myriad of instances when the soldier has always put the country first. The courage of conviction shown by the Indian army is unparalleled. The soldiers have been guarding our borders in extreme temperatures & are always prepared. The most impressive factor that defines the army is ‘responsibility. ‘
The responsibility to guard the borders, responsibility to protect the country from terrorists, responsibility to prevent militants from infiltrating across the border & show them their actual place. In the present context, the question that has been often asked is- how prepared are we?
Do we have the defense preparedness to take on our opponents? Defense of a country is a comprehensive subject & I’m no war veteran to comment on that. But, as a keen observer I can proudly say that the Narendra Modi Government is working to give the Indian army its due without trying to market themselves above the army, which the Congress led UPA governments always failed to do.
What has changed since 2014? Manohar Parrikar took over as the Defense Minister of India on November 9, 2014. A lot has changed since then. Better facilities for our soldiers, efficient war equipment, the implementation of OROP & most importantly- no scams. There are still a few grievances which have been addressed such as the shortage of bullet proof jackets & so on. However the recent developments include the sanctions of lighter helmets for the soldiers which will help them to move faster in tricky conditions.
Better known for their dribbling skills on the soccer field, this South-American nation stands tenth on the list. They’ve always been famous for coffee, fun & recreation. But when it comes to defense, they’re one of the best. With a power index of 0.6912, defense budget of $31,576,000,000 & active military personnel of around 371,199. A total labor force of 104,700,000, 822 aircrafts & a naval strength of 106, they’re equipped to compete with the best.
This European country better known for their sartorial sense of fashion & popular for giving the world pizzas & pastas have more to offer. With a power index of 0.6838, Defense budget of $31,946,000,000 and active military personnel of around 293,202, Italy is ranked 9th amongst the most powerful defense forces. They also have an active labor force of 25,080,000. 770 aircrafts & a total naval strength of 179 give them the edge over many of their European counterparts.
- South Korea
This Asian country epitomizes the principle of self-belief. Famous for being tech savvy, thanks to Samsung & a host of others, they’re one of the economic power-horses in Asia. Ranked 8th in the world with a power index of 0.6547, they’re much more than the ‘Gangnam style.’ A defense budget of $28,280,000,000, active military personnel of around of 653,000 and a labor force of 25,100,100 add to their ability to take on mighty opponents. They have 871 aircrafts and a total naval strength of 190.
Ranked 7th in the world, Germany has a power index of 0.6491 & a defense budget of $43,478,000,000. They have Active Military personnel of around 148,996 & labor force of 43,620,000. 925 aircrafts & a total naval strength of 67 give this European nation the wings to scale the echelons of global military strength.
France is another European country on the list. Ranked 6th in the world with a power index of 0.6163 & a Defense Budget of $58,244,000,000, they are not only amongst the finest in Europe but also the world. They also have an active military personnel of 362,485, Labor force of 29,610,000, 544 total aircrafts & Total naval strength of 180, they’re certain to give some of their contemporaries a run for their money.
- United Kingdom
The United Kingdom is ranked 5th in the world with a power index of 0.5185 and a defense budget of $57,875,170,000. They have active military personnel of around 224,500& a labor force of 31,720,000. 1412 aircrafts & a total naval strength of 77 give them the power to fight with the best, when needed.
On 29 September 2016 India conducted “surgical strikes” against militant launch pads across the Line of Control in POK and inflicted significant casualties. The message was loud & clear- The Indian army had just given a warning to terror exporting nations to not mess with us. With a power index of 0.4346 and a Defense Budget of $44,282,000,000, India is ranked 4th in the world. We have Active Military Personnel of around 13, 25,000 & Labor force of 487,600,000. 1962 aircrafts & a total naval strength of 170 ensure that we’re not too far from the countries that have been placed above us.
China has more to do than shielding Pakistani terrorists. They’ve always considered themselves to be in race for the global super power. With a power index of 0.3351 and a defense budget of $129,272,000,000, china is ranked 3rd in the world. They have active military personnel of 22, 85,000 & labor force of 795,500,000. 5048 aircrafts & a total naval strength of 972 give them the edge over their Asian counterparts.
Even after the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia holds the second spot. With a power index of 0.2618 & a defense budget of $64,000,000,000, Russia reaffirms its pole position in Europe. They have active military personnel of 1,200,000 & labor force of 75,330,000. Total aircrafts are 4498 in number & total naval strength is 224.
- United States of America
Better known as the ‘Global super power’, the United States stands first in the world. They have a power index of 0.2475 & a defense budget of $689,591,000,000. Their defense budget alone is a fine indicator of their supremacy. They have active military personnel of around 1,477,896 & labor force of 153,600,000. 15.293 aircrafts and a total naval strength of 290 sum up their domination.
(Note: Nuclear capabilities have not been taken into consideration. Rankings are based on every Nation’s potential war making capabilities across land, sea and air)