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Military power of Spain and United Kingdom

Country: Spain United Kingdom
Capital: Madrid London
Population: 46 439 864 65 110 000
Area: 505 990 km2 242 495 km2
Nuclear weapons: 0 warheads 215 warheads
More: Spain military forces description United Kingdom military forces description

Military expenditures

Military budget: 7,6 billion $ 58,6 billion $
Percent of GDP: 0,6% 2%
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Manpower

Active personnel: 204 692 156 940
Reserve personnel: 16 200 75 110
Available for military: 11 759 557 14 856 917

Land Forces

Tanks: 327 407×See current equipment
Armoured fighting vehicles: 2 530 4 673
Total artillery: 239 532
Self-propelled artillery: 96 117
Rocket artillery: 0 50

Air Forces

Total aircraft: 533 886
Fighter aircraft: 48 141
Multirole aircraf: 86 89
Attack aircraft: 0 0
Helicopters: 179 386

Navy

Total naval: 54 76
Aircraftcarriers: 1 1
Destroyers: 0 6
Frigates: 11 13
Corvettes: 0 0
Submarines: 3 11

Military service

Spain

18-26 years of age for voluntary military service by a Spanish citizen or legal immigrant, 2-3 year obligation; women allowed to serve in all SAF branches, including combat units; no conscription, but Spanish Government retains right to mobilize citizens 19-25 years of age in a national emergency; mandatory retirement of non-NCO enlisted personnel at age 45 or 58, depending on service length.

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.