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Global Military Strength: Top 20 Strongest Militaries in Africa, 2019

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Below, you can see the Africa’s top 20 strongest militaries in 2019, as ranked by Global Firepower Index.

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

Egypt has the strongest military in Africa continent, this is according to Global Firepower’s 2019 Military Strength Ranking.

Global Firepower makes use of over 50 factors to determine a given Nation’s Power Index score.

The ranking assesses the diversity of each country’s weapons and pays particular attention to their available manpower, geography, logistical capacity, available natural resources.

Ethiopia slipped from the 3rd position in 2018 ranking to 5th while South Africa moved two places up from 5th and 3rd position on the 2019 list. While Nigeria retained their 4th position from last year.

The top power index score is 0.0000, which, according to Global Firepower, is “realistically unattainable.” The closer they are to this number, the more powerful their military is.

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 20 Strongest militaries in Africa 2019.

1. Egypt

With a Pwrindx score of 0.2283, Egypt has the most powerful military in Africa and 12th most powerful military in the world.

2. Algeria

With a Pwrindx score of 0.4551, Algeria has the second most powerful military in Africa and the 27th most powerful military in the world.

3. South Africa

With a Pwrindx score of 0.5405, SA’s military is Number three in Africa and 32nd most powerful military in the world.

4. Nigeria

With a Pwrindx score of 0.7007, Nigeria has the 4th strongest military in Africa and 44th most powerful military in the world.

Most powerful militaries in Africa 2018

5. Ethiopia

With a Pwrindx score of 0.6361, Ethiopia is Number five in Africa and 47th in the world.

6. Angola

With a Pwrindx score of 0.8154, Angola is Number 5 in Africa and the 58th most powerful military in the world.

7. Morrocco

With a Pwrindx score of 0.8244, Morocco is Number seven in Africa and 61 most powerful military in the world.

8. Sudan

With a Pwrindx score of 1.0051, Sudan is Number eight in Africa and 69th most powerful military in the world.

Top 20 Strongest Militaries in Africa, 2019

9. D. Rep. Congo

With a Pwrindx score of 1.0631, DR Congo is Number 10 in Africa and 72nd most powerful military in the world.

10. Libya

With a Pwrindx score of 1.2349, Libya is Number nine in Africa and 77th most powerful military in the world.

11. Zambia

With a Pwrindx score of 1.3035, Zambia’s military is 13th in Africa and 78th in the world.

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12. Tunisia

With a Pwrindx score of 1.3322, Tunisia’s military is 11th in Africa and 80th most powerful military in the world.

Top 20 Strongest Militaries in Africa, 2019

13. Zimbabwe

With a Pwrindx score of 1.3906, Zimbabwe is 12th in Africa and 83rd in the world.

14. Kenya

With a Pwrindx score of 1.4177, Kenya’s military is ranked 14th in Africa and 86th most powerful military in the world.

15. Uganda

With a Pwrindx score of 1.5802, Uganda’s military is 93rd strongest in Africa and 93rd in the world.

16. Chad

With a Pwrindx score of 1.6041, Tunisia’s military is 11th in Africa and 95th most powerful military in the world.

17. Tanzania

With a Pwrindx score of 1.7109, Zimbabwe is 12th in Africa and 97th in the world.

Top 20 Strongest Militaries in Africa, 2019

18. Mali

With a Pwrindx score of 1.7172, Kenya’s military is ranked 14th in Africa and 99th most powerful military in the world.

19. Botswana

With a Pwrindx score of 1.7786, Uganda’s military is 15th strongest in Africa and 100th in the world.

20. Cameroon

With a Pwrindx score of 1.8242, Uganda’s military is 15th strongest in Africa and 102nd 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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