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Military power of Switzerland and United Kingdom

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Country: Switzerland United Kingdom
Capital: Bern London
Population: 8 306 200 65 110 000
Area: 41 285 km2 242 495 km2
Nuclear weapons: 0 warheads 215 warheads
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Military expenditures

Military budget: 4,83 billion $ 58,6 billion $
Percent of GDP: 0,8% 2%

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Manpower

Active personnel: 140 000 156 940
Reserve personnel: 80 000 75 110
Available for military: 1 852 580 14 856 917

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Land Forces

Tanks: 224 407×See current equipment
Armoured fighting vehicles: 1 500 4 673
Total artillery: 224 532
Self-propelled artillery: 224 117
Rocket artillery: 0 50

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Air Forces

Total aircraft: 193 888
Fighter aircraft: 40 141
Multirole aircraf: 26 91
Attack aircraft: 0 0
Helicopters: 45 386

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Navy

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

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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.

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.