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Military power of Switzerland and Austria

Country: Switzerland Austria
Capital: Bern Vienna
Population: 8 306 200 8 725 931
Area: 41 285 km2 83 879 km2
Nuclear weapons: 0 warheads 0 warheads
More: Switzerland military forces description Austria military forces description

Military expenditures

Military budget: 4,83 billion $ 2,8 billion $
Percent of GDP: 0,8% 0,74%
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Manpower

Active personnel: 140 000 55 000
Reserve personnel: 80 000 35 000
Available for military: 1 852 580 1 941 110

Land Forces

Tanks: 224 56×See current equipment
Armoured fighting vehicles: 1 500 284
Total artillery: 224 83
Self-propelled artillery: 224 83
Rocket artillery: 0 0

Air Forces

Total aircraft: 193 136
Fighter aircraft: 40 15
Multirole aircraf: 26 0
Attack aircraft: 0 0
Helicopters: 45 70

Navy

Total naval: 0 0
Aircraftcarriers: 0 0
Destroyers: 0 0
Frigates: 0 0
Corvettes: 0 0
Submarines: 0 0

Military service

Switzerland

19-26 years of age for male compulsory military service; 18 years of age for voluntary male and female military service; every Swiss male has to serve at least 260 days in the armed forces; conscripts receive 18 weeks of mandatory training, followed by seven 3-week intermittent recalls for training during the next 10 years.

Austria

Registration requirement at age 17, the legal minimum age for voluntary military service; 18 is the legal minimum age for compulsory military service (6 months), or optionally, alternative civil/community service (9 months); males 18 to 50 years old in the militia or inactive reserve are subject to compulsory service; in a January 2012 referendum, a majority of Austrians voted in favor of retaining the system of compulsory military service (with the option of alternative/non-military service) instead of switching to a professional army system.