These are the 7 most powerful and 5 weakest militaries in Africa right now

02/20/2020 | Pulse Nigeria | Inemesit Udodiong
Nigeria has one of the most powerful militaries in Africa right now [dailypost]

Every year, the Global Firepower list ranks countries all over the world based on the strength of their military.

The countries are given a Power Index ('PwrIndx') score based on the workforce, airpower, land forces, naval forces, natural resources, financials, logistical capability, and geography.

The smaller the PwrIndx score, the stronger a nation's technical fighting capability is. The perfect score is 0.0000, which, according to Global Firepower, is "realistically unattainable."

Here are the seven African countries with the most powerful militaries:

Power index - 0.1872

Total Population - 99,413,317

Total Military Personnel - 920,000 (est.) (0.9%)

Egypt military

Egypt was also ranked as the most powerful military in Africa in 2019.

Power index - 0.4659

Total Population - 41,657,488

Total Military Personnel - 280,000 (est.) (0.7%)

Soldiers arrive at the site of a military plane crash near the village of Ouled Gacem in eastern Algeria, about 500km (311 miles) from the capital Algiers February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Louafi Larbi

Power index - 0.4985

Total Population - 55,380,210

Total Military Personnel - 81,300 (est.) (0.1%)

Members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) return after taking part in a Capability Demonstration at the Roodewal Bombing Range in Makhado, in the northern province of Limpopo, May 9, 2013. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Power index - 0.6485

Total Population - 203,452,505

Total Military Personnel - 120,000 (est.) (0.1%)

Nigerian Army on patrol (Head Topics)

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Power index - 0.8379

Total Population - 30,355,880

Total Military Personnel - 107,000 (est.) (0.4%)

Angolan troops practice room-clearing maneuvers in Luanda as U.S. Marines observe. U.S. Marine Corps photo

Power index - 0.8408

Total Population - 34,314,130

Total Military Personnel - 510,000 (est.) (1.5%)


Power index - 0.8581

Total Population - 108,386,391

Total Military Personnel - 162,000 (est.) (0.1%)

Ethiopia army (Mail & Guardian)

Weakest militaries in Africa

On the lower end of the list we have these five:

Power index - 5.5737

Total Population - 4,809,768

Total Military Personnel - 2,100 (est.) (0.0%)

Losseni Fofana of the Ivory Coast Republican forces (FRCI) and commander of the military operation in the Tai area, stands with his men during a patrol on the road to Para village, in the western Tai area near Ivory Coast's border with Liberia, June 17, 2012. REUTERS/Luc Gnago

Power index - 4.6404

Total Population - 11,259,029

Total Military Personnel - 20,000 (est.) (0.2%)

Somalia's military are reportedly under-funded

Power index - 4.2063

Total Population - 6,312,212

Total Military Personnel - 8,500 (est.) (0.1%)

Sierra Leone court acquits 13 soldiers accused of mutiny

Power index - 3.3736

Total Population - 2,119,036

Total Military Personnel - 5,000 (est.) (0.2%)

President Ali Bongo is paraded before the military in Gabon in 2017.

Power index - 3.2889

Total Population - 5,745,062

Total Military Personnel - 7,150 (est.) (0.1%)

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