A global military ranking institution, Global Fire Power (GFP), has rated Nigeria’s military as the 43rd best in the world.
In its 2018 survey, the institution, which ranks the military of different countries, placed Nigeria above 18 European countries namely: Denmark, Belgium, Portugal, Bulgaria, Austria, Ireland, Macedonia, Finland, Hungary, Croatia, Slovakia, Serbia, Albania, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In Africa, Nigeria was placed in number 4th position as Egypt leads African military power followed closely by Algeria, South Africa.
United States retained its prime position as the country with the greatest military firepower beating Russia and China in the latest military firepower ranking for 2018.
The ranking is based on population of the country, manpower/personnel strength, financial strength and military arsenal.
The United States has a total military personnel strength of 2,830,100 with available manpower of 145 million from a total population of 326 million.
The country is also credited with 13, 362 total aircraft strength comprising attack, fighter, transport and trainer aircraft and 20 aircraft carriers in addition to 38, 888 armoured fighting vehicles in addition to 5,888 combat tanks, 1,197 rocket projectors among others.
Nigeria is credited with 181,000 total military personnel, 172, 400,000 available manpower, those fit for service stood at 40, 710,000, citizens reaching military age stands at 3, 456,000.
Out of the total military personnel, 124, 000 are active while 57,000 are reserved.
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