Top 10 Most Powerful Militaries In Africa (Updated)

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As ranked by Global Fire Power, Below are the 10 most powerful millitaries in Africa.

***Each country was Ranked by Their Current military capabilities and available firepower

GFP Power Index rating (0.0000 being perfect)

Top 10 Most Powerful Militaries In Africa (updated)

1. Egypt (Power Index Rating: 0.3056)

Egypt has the most powerful millitary in Africa and 12th in the world.
Manpower
Active Personnel: 470,000
Active Reserve Personnel: 800,000
Available firepower
Tanks: 4624
Armored Fighting Vehicles: 13,949
Self-Propelled Guns: 889
Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems: 1,481.

The country also has a total of 1,100 aircraft, a naval strength of 319,
And a Defense Budget of $4,400,000,000.

2. Algeria (Power Index Rating 0.4514)

Ranked number 2 in the most powerful millitaries in Africa, and 26th most powerful millitary in the world.
Manpower
Active Personnel: 512,000
Active Reserve Personnel: 400,000
Firepower
Tanks: 975
Armored Fighting Vehicles: 1,898
Self-Propelled Guns: 250
Towed-Artillery: 350
Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems: 148.

There’s also a total of 451 aircraft owned by the millitary, a total naval strength of 69 and a defence budget $10.57 billion.

Most Powerful Militaries In Africa

3. Ethiopia (Power Index Rating 0.7619)

The country’s millitary is the 3rd most powerful millitary in Africa and the 42nd in the world.
Manpower
Active Personnel: 185,500
Active reserve personnel: 0
Firepower
Tanks: 2,300
Armored Fighting Vehicles: 800
Self-Propelled Guns: 85
Towed-Artillery: 700
Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems: 183

The country also has a total of 80 aircrafts, and a Defense Budget of $340,000,000.

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4. Nigeria (Power Index Rating 0.7856)

Ranked 44th in the world
Manpower
Active Personnel: 130,000
Active Reserve Personnel: 32,000
Firepower
Tanks: 148
Armored Fighting Vehicles: 1,420
Self-Propelled Guns: 25
Towed-Artillery: 339
Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems: 30

Nigeria’s millitary also has a total of 105 aircrafts, total naval strength of 75 and a Defense Budget of $2,330,000,000.

List of Most powerful militaries in africa

5. South africa GFP (Power Index rating: 0.8252)

Ranked 46th in the most powerful millitaries in the world.

Manpower
Active Personnel: 89,000
Active Reserve Personnel: 17,100
Firepower
Tanks: 195
Armored Fighting Vehicles: 2,265
Self-Propelled Guns: 43
Towed-Artillery: 97
Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems: 50

Other info
Total Naval Strength: 30
Total Aircraft: 212
Defense Budget: $4,610,000,000.

6. Angola (Power Index rating: 0.8878)

Angola’s millitary Rests at the 54th position in the world.

Manpower
Active Personnel: 90,000
Active Reserve Personnel: 30,000
Firepower
Tanks: 244
Armored Fighting Vehicles: 538
Self-Propelled Guns: 28
Towed-Artillery: 332
Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems: 115..

The country also has a total aircraft of about 273, total naval strength of 57 and a Defense Budget of $4,150,000,000.

7. Morrocco (Power Index rating: 0.9011)

Ranked 56th in the world.
Manpower
Active Personnel: 200,000
Active Reserve Personnel: 150,000
Firepower
Tanks: 1,215
Armored Fighting Vehicles: 2,348
Self-Propelled Guns: 448
Towed-Artillery: 192
Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems: 72

Other info
Naval strength 121
Total Aircraft: 282
Defense Budget: $3,400,000,000.

8. Sudan (Power Index Rating: 1.2356)

The country’s millitary also occupies the 71 position in the most powerful millitaries in the world.

Manpower
Active Personnel: 110,000
Active Reserve Personnel: 102,500
Firepower
Tanks: 330
Armored Fighting Vehicles: 415
Self-Propelled Guns: 16
Towed-Artillery: 750
Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems: 25

Sudan’s millitary also possess a Total of 178 aircrafts, a total naval strength of 18, and a Defense Budget of $2,470,000,000.

9. Libya (Power Index rating: 1.3169)

72th in the world
Manpower
Active Personnel: 35,000
Active Reserve Personnel: 81,000
Firepower
Tanks: 340
Armored Fighting Vehicles: 699
Self-Propelled Guns: 50
Towed-Artillery: 150
Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems: 100

Other info
Total Aircrafts: 57
Total Naval Strength: 5
Defense Budget: $3,000,000,000.

10. Kenya (Power Index rating: 1.3731)

75th in the world
Manpower
Active Personnel: 24,150
Active Reserve Personnel: 5,000
Firepower
Tanks: 76
Armored Fighting Vehicles: 591
Self-Propelled Guns: 30
Towed-Artillery: 25
Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems: 0

Other info
Total Naval Strength: 19
Total Aircraft: 132
Defense Budget: $595,000,000



Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

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