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Global Military Strength: Top 15 Strongest Militaries in Africa, 2018

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Below, you can see the Africa’s top 15 militaries, as ranked by Global Firepower Index.

Global Military Strength: Top 15 Strongest Militaries in Africa, 2018

The ranking assesses the diversity of weapons held by each country and pays particular attention to the manpower available.

“Balance is the key — a large, strong fighting force across land, sea and air backed by a resilient economy and defensible territory along with an efficient infrastructure — such qualities are those used to round out a particular nation’s total fighting strength on paper,” the ranking states.

But a few defining aspects of those countries’ ability to muster military power are not directly related to their armed forces.

Geographical factors, logistical flexibility, natural resources, and local industry all influenced the final ranking, Global Firepower said.

The ranking defines military might in purely quantitative terms and does not account for the actual quality or quantity of the weapons a country has, also nuclear stockpiles are not taken into consideration. Available manpower is a key consideration also Financial stability.


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That said, below are the top 15 Strongest militaries in Africa 2018.

1. Egypt

With a Pwrindx score of 0.2751, Egypt is Number one in Africa and 12 most powerful military in the world.

2. Algeria

With a Pwrindx score of 0.4296, Algeria is Number two in Africa and the 26th most powerful military in the world.

3. South Africa

With a Pwrindx score of 0.6445, SA’s military is Number three in Africa and 33rd most powerful military in the world.

4. Nigeria

With a Pwrindx score of 0.7509, Nigeria has the 4th strongest military in Africa and 43rd most powerful military in the world.

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5. Angola

With a Pwrindx score of 0.8269, Angola is Number 5 in Africa and the 48th most powerful military in the world.

6. Ethiopia

With a Pwrindx score of 0.8771, Ethiopia is Number six in Africa and 51 most powerful military in the world.

7. Morrocco

With a Pwrindx score of 0.9125, Morocco is Number seven in Africa and 55 most powerful military in the world.

Most powerful militaries in Africa 2018

8. Sudan

With a Pwrindx score of 1.1592, Sudan is Number eight in Africa and 70 most powerful military in the world.

9. Libya

With a Pwrindx score of 1.2558, Libya is Number nine in Africa and 74 most powerful military in the world.

10. D. Rep. Congo

With a Pwrindx score of 1.3651, DR Congo is Number 10 in Africa and 75 most powerful military in the world.

11. Tunisia

With a Pwrindx score of 1.4581, Tunisia’s military is 11th in Africa and 77th most powerful military in the world.

12. Zimbabwe

With a Pwrindx score of 1.6201, Zimbabwe is 12th in Africa and 81st in the world.

13. Zambia

With a Pwrindx score of 1.6524, Zambia’s military is 13th in Africa and 83rd in the world.

14. Kenya

With a Pwrindx score of 1.6686, Kenya’s military is ranked 14th in Africa and 85th most powerful military in the world.

15. Uganda

With a Pwrindx score of 1.8853, Uganda’s military is 15th strongest in Africa and 93rd in the world.

Methodology

The finalized Global Firepower ranking relies on over 55 individual factors to determine a given nation’s PowerIndex (‘PwrIndx’) score. a unique formula allows for smaller, more technologically-advanced, nations to compete with larger, lesser-developed, ones. Some qualities to observe in regards to the finalized ranking.

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