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Ghana ranked 107th in World military strength; USA tops the world

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Ghana has come out in the 107th position in the World military strength analysis.

Some Ghanaian soldiers play

Some Ghanaian soldiers

Ghana has emerged the 107th based on military strength for the year 2018.

This follows a detailed report from Global FirePower (GFP) which ranked of various countries in the world and their military strength.

The report titled, Global Firepower's 2018 Military Strength Ranking used more than 55 factors to determine the position of every nation.

According to data from Global FirePower (GFP), Ghana's total population of 27,499,924 has 13,500 active personnel and a total aircraft strength of 24 (comprising 14 helicopters) and it operates a defence budget of $120 million.

In July 2018, the GFP similarly ranked Ghana108th among 136 countries.

This therefore implies that the country has pushed a step ahead of its previous rank in military strength.

Criteria for the ranking

The ranking focuses on the diversity of weapons in a country's arsenal rather than the total number of weapons available.

The ranking also takes into account available manpower, geography, logistical capacity, available natural resources, and the status of local industry.

It did not penalise landlocked nations for lacking a standing navy; however, naval powers were penalised for a lack of diversity in available assets.

The ranking also considered a nation's financial stability/health while NATO allies received bonus points for the sharing of war-making resources.

Current political/military leadership was not taken into account.

African ranking

Egypt -12th

Algeria - 23rd

South Africa - 33rd

Nigeria - 43rd

Angola - 48th

Ethiopia - 51st

 Morocco - 55th

 Sudan - 70th

Libya - 74th

Tunisia - 77th

Zimbabwe - 81st

 Zambia - 83rd

 Kenya - 85th

Uganda - 93rd

Tanzania – 98th

South Sudan – 99th

Botswana -103rd

Ghana – 107th

Niger – 109th

Mozambique – 111th

Mali – 114th

Ivory Coast – 119th

Republic of Congo -120th

Madagascar – 123rd

Gabon – 126th

Namibia – 127th

Mauritania – 129th

Central African Republic – 130th

Somalia -132nd

Sierra Leone – 133rd

Liberia – 135th

World Ranking

The GFP ranked the United States as the strongest army in the world, followed by Russia, China, India and France respectively.

1. United States

Power Index rating: 0.0818 (NATO member)

Total population: 326,625,791

Total military personnel: 2,083,100

Total aircraft: 13,362

Fighter aircraft: 1,962

Combat tanks: 5,884

Total naval assets: 415 (20 aircraft carriers)

Defense budget: $647 billion

2. Russia

Power Index rating: 0.0841

Total population: 142,257,519

Total military personnel: 3,586,128

Total aircraft strength: 3,914

Fighter aircraft: 818

Combat tanks: 20,300ghsn

Total naval assets: 352 (one aircraft carrier out of service indefinitely)

Defense budget: $47 billion

3. China

Power Index rating: 0.0852

Total population: 1,379,302,771

Total military personnel: 2,693,000

Total aircraft strength: 3,035

Fighter aircraft: 1,125

Combat tanks: 7,716

Total naval assets: 714 (one aircraft carrier)

Defense budget: $151 billion

4. India

Power Index rating: 0.1417

Total population: 1,281,935,911

Total military personnel: 4,207,250

Total aircraft strength: 2,185

Fighter aircraft: 590

Combat tanks: 4,426

Total naval assets: 295 (one aircraft carrier)

Defense budget: $47 billion

5. France

Power Index rating: 0.1869 (NATO member)

Total population: 67,106,161

Total military personnel: 388,635

Total aircraft strength: 1,262

Fighter aircraft 299

Combat tanks: 406

Total naval assets: 118 (four aircraft carriers)

Defense budget: $40 billion

The top ten nations was completed by the United Kingdom (6th), South Korea (7th), Japan (8th), Turkey (9th) and Germany (10th).

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