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Military power of France and United Kingdom

Country: France United Kingdom
Capital: Paris London
Population: 67 013 000 65 110 000
Area: 640 679 km2 242 495 km2
Nuclear weapons: 300 warheads 215 warheads
More: France military forces description United Kingdom military forces description

Military expenditures

Military budget: 55,7 billion $ 58,6 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2,3% 2%
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Manpower

Active personnel: 215 019 156 940
Reserve personnel: 27 680 75 110
Available for military: 14 563 662 14 856 917

Land Forces

Tanks: 406 407×See current equipment
Armoured fighting vehicles: 6 352 4 673
Total artillery: 448 532
Self-propelled artillery: 330 117
Rocket artillery: 13 50

Air Forces

Total aircraft: 1 036 886
Fighter aircraft: 35 141
Multirole aircraf: 150 89
Attack aircraft: 84 0
Helicopters: 480 386

Navy

Total naval: 110 76
Aircraftcarriers: 4 1
Destroyers: 11 6
Frigates: 11 13
Corvettes: 0 0
Submarines: 10 11

Military service

France

18-25 years of age for male and female voluntary military service; no conscription; 1-year service obligation; women serve in noncombat post.

United Kingdom

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.