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Top 20 Most Powerful Militaries In Africa

4) South Africa (PwrIndx: 1.3467)

Active Personnel: 62,082

South Africa covers 1,219,090 sq km and has a coastline of 2,798 km. Defense budget of South Africa is $4.61 billion. The nation has 191 tanks, 213 aircraft, and its total naval strength is 30. South Africa is one of the richest countries in Africa.

South Africa Military

3) Ethiopia (PwrIndx: 1.3229)

Active Personnel: 138,000

The population of Ethiopia is 93,877,025. It has 182,500 active frontline personnel. The nation covers 1,104,300 sq km. Ethiopia’s defense budget is $340 million. It has 560 tanks and 81 aircraft.

Ethiopia Military

2) Algeria (PwrIndx: 1.1698)

Active Personnel: 130,000

Algeria covers an area of 2,381,741 sq km and has a coastline of 998 km. The nation’s defense budget is $10.57 billion. Algeria is the largest country in Africa by size.


1) Egypt (PwrIndx: 0.6122)

Active Personnel: 438,500

Egypt is the most powerful nation in Africa. It has 4,767 tanks and 1,100 aircraft. Its total naval strength is 237. As of 2011 the Egyptian Armed forces have more than 438,500 active personnel, in addition to 800,000 personnel available in reserve and over 400,000 paramilitary personnel making it one of the largest armies in the world. At $7.85 billion, it also has the largest defense budgets in the world.

Egyptian Military

It would be wonderful if these nations use their military power to spread peace and goodwill among its citizens.

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    Who says Africa is poor African leaders have to realise that until they stop wasting money buying arms instead of investing in education,health, science and technology the situation will never change. Libya is an example it took a couple of month take Gaddafi out all his weapons he had at his disposal. His air crafts and the navy was made redundant. as for Nigeria am not sure they would in that position while boko haram is terrorising them on a daily basis

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    So silly. Anyone who would believe this is either dumb or ignorant. i.e: I dont see how would Ethiopia’s $340mil budget make it more powerful than South Africa’s $3,4Bil budget. The overall arrangement is quiet silly.

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      @Sciber, dont see 34 bill budget ; its nothing related to with
      powerfulness; the only thing is how to manage the money nd how could use
      the money effectively ; most of Africa country r corrupted ; example;
      Nigeria bought 6 billion locomotion train from china but Ethiopia bought
      475 million best train not locomotion u see the difference ? my friend ,
      dont be foolish ; be smart ; money doesn’t make u strong, but ur
      skill or experienced make u strong .

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      True .
      Angola too , Ranked 9th with 6 billion budget and 13 billion expected to the next year’s ..

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      Military stregth is not only by budget but the fighting strength basic we have 3000 year military expirience so u r silly not the statistics.

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    All hail Algeria And Egypt.. the other African countries are very weak we can destroy them in seconds

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    this classification fails to consider aspects like discipline and courage.. Am seeing bunches of large but inefficient militaries.swelling the ranks with thousands of cowards is stupidity. can’t believe south Sudan and DRC etc are before Cameroon.

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      Am yet to see where cameroon has fought and won. South Sudan has been at war for decades, can t be equated to quiet cameroon. DRC has been going major restructuring too!

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    being powerful doesnt consider the strength of wealth,and riches you own but it depends on the tactical skills and the discipline with in the army forces thats why you see Egypt and Algeria overtaking southAfrica which is one of the richest nation in Africa

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      Very true, spoke like a true arms man,in the aim to second your comment.
      it is only on the rare chances that dialogues don`t work thus does war inevitable occur and no mater the number of troops, wealth or the kind of economy a state has without THE tactical advantage it just a matter of leading fellow arms men to their deaths,a sad act don`t you think?However from the claim from my respected fellow friends above as well as the admin to thi8s post, there is a claim that the people Africa people poor,well much of that is true but which state amongst other continents doesn`t have a poor citizen.
      This driven steriotype that Africa is a poor is just mere propaganda told to us so often that most of us have come to terms with,well i have not what i would call US is rather a young nation emerging to the world.
      The reason to whey we are as claimed is due to political corruption and failing justice systems and to amend that it will take time as well as patience.
      Fellow brothers the the real fight is not in Arms but in stabilizing and strenthening our currencies to help our own people for that is the true purpose for a leader,through education,improved heath care and embracing our cultural identity of who we are but not what they tell us to be.
      in conclusion,individually we write our own destines let not other people do it for [email protected] this page please do more research on the new changes of African because from the given statsts i differ from your [email protected] apologiez i had to hijack your post but you are the only person who seemed to know of what you talk about.

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    A mistake is to be corrected, you said that Egypt has the largest defense budget in the world. In Africa it is surpassed by Algeria with its $10 billion, while in the world, everyone is far from the US with its $200 billion a year or so.

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    Somalis has one of the bigest militeries in African and every one knows: all experts will tell you but failed by civil unrest of 90s.

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    How can you put NIGERIA in that position when it cant stop BOKO HARAM and its been years now but they are still failing to stop them

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    Boko Haram is a terror group. They fight and hide. Why hasn’t US wiped al-Qaeda if its military is the best?
    Nigeria should be right behind Egypt. They have been involved in most of the UN peace operations in Africa.

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    tactical methods and the spirit of endurance and perseverance is the major criteria to rank a nation in terms of military power. annual budget on defense is a poor compensation to military power

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