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British Armed forces

United Kingdom
Population
Military budget
Active personnel
Nuclear weapons
65 110 000
58,6 billion $
156 940
215 warheads
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Basic informations

Capital: London
Area: 242 495 km2
Population: 65 110 000
Etnic groups: white 87.2%, black/African/Caribbean/black British 3%, Asian/Asian British: Indian 2.3%, Asian/Asian British: Pakistani 1.9%, mixed 2%, other 3.7%
Religions: Christian (includes Anglican, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist) 59.5%, Muslim 4.4%, Hindu 1.3%, other 2%, unspecified 7.2%, none 25.7%

Military branches

(British Armed Forces)Army, Royal Navy (includes Royal Marines), Royal Air Force.

Military service

16-33 years of age (officers 17-28) for voluntary military service (with parental consent under 18); no conscription; women serve in military services, but are excluded from ground combat positions and some naval postings; must be citizen of the UK, Commonwealth, or Republic of Ireland; reservists serve a minimum of 3 years, to age 45 or 55; 17 years 6 months of age for voluntary military service by Nepalese citizens in the Brigade of Gurkhas; 16-34 years of age for voluntary military service by Papua New Guinean citizens.

Military expenditures

Military budget
58,6 billion $

% of the highest value in the world (USA)

Percent of GDP
2

% of the highest value in the world (North Korea)

Manpower

Active personnel
156 940

% of the highest value in the world (China)

Reserve
75 110

% of the highest value in the world (South Korea)

Available
14 856 917

% of the highest value in the world (China)

Land Forces

Tanks
407

% of the highest value in the world (Russia)

AFV
4 673

% of the highest value in the world (USA)

Artillery
532

% of the highest value in the world (Russia)

Self-propelled guns
117

% of the highest value in the world (Russia)

Rocket artillery
50

% of the highest value in the world (North Korea)

Armoured fighting vehicles includes infantry fighting vehicles, tank destroyers, armoured personnel carriers, mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles(MRAP), amphibious and reconnaissance vehicles.
Total artillery includes towed, self-propelled gun(SPG) and rocket artillery.

Tanks

TypeNameNumber

AFVs

TypeNameNumber
-FV103 Spartan276
-Foxhound398
-Jackal MWMIK502
-Panther401
-Warthog115
-Husky317

Self-propelled artillery

TypeNameNumber

Rocket artillery

TypeNameNumber

Air Forces

Total aircraft
888

% of the highest value in the world (USA)

Fighters
141

% of the highest value in the world (China)

Multirole
91

% of the highest value in the world (USA)

Attack
0

% of the highest value in the world (Russia)

Helicopters
386

% of the highest value in the world (USA)

Total aircraft - number of all military aircraft and helicopters in country. Includes training and cargo aircraft. Does not include drones.
Attack includes ground-attack and strategic bomber aircraft.

Fighter aircraft

TypeNameNumber

Multirole aircraft

Attack and bomber aircraft

TypeNameNumber
--

Helicopters

TypeNameNumber
-Westland Lynx 21
-Bell 212 HP5
-Eurocopter AS365N36
-Westland Gazelle AH137
-Westland Sea King12
-EH10155
-Agusta A1094
-Bell Griffin4
-Westland Puma23

Navy

Total naval
76

% of the highest value in the world (China)

Aircraftcarriers
1

% of the highest value in the world (USA)

Destroyers
6

% of the highest value in the world (USA)

Frigates
13

% of the highest value in the world (China)

Corvettes
0

% of the highest value in the world (Russia)

Submarines
11

% of the highest value in the world (North Korea)

Total naval - number of all military ships in country. Includes auxiliaries.
Aircraft carriers includes helicopter carriers. Destroyers includes Battlecruisers and Cruisers.

Aircraftcarriers

TypeNameNumber
-Queen Elizabeth class1

Destroyers

TypeNameNumber

Frigates

TypeNameNumber

Corvettes

TypeNameNumber
--

Submarines

TypeNameNumber
-Trafalgar-class4