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Military power of United Kingdom and Australia

Country: United Kingdom Australia
Capital: London Canberra
Population: 65 110 000 24 399 300
Area: 242 495 km2 7 692 024 km2
Nuclear weapons: 215 warheads 0 warheads
More: United Kingdom military forces description Australia military forces description

Military expenditures

Military budget: 58,6 billion $ 25 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2% 1,88%
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Manpower

Active personnel: 156 940 58 061
Reserve personnel: 75 110 19 338
Available for military: 14 856 917 5 316 464

Land Forces

Tanks: 407 59×See current equipment
Armoured fighting vehicles: 4 673 2 580
Total artillery: 532 235
Self-propelled artillery: 117 0
Rocket artillery: 50 0

Air Forces

Total aircraft: 886 450
Fighter aircraft: 141 0
Multirole aircraf: 89 97
Attack aircraft: 0 0
Helicopters: 386 187

Navy

Total naval: 76 49
Aircraftcarriers: 1 2
Destroyers: 6 0
Frigates: 13 11
Corvettes: 0 0
Submarines: 11 6

Military service

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.

Australia

17 years of age for voluntary military service (with parental consent); no conscription; women allowed to serve in most combat roles, except the Army special forces.