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Military power of United Kingdom and France

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

Military expenditures

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

Active personnel: 156 940 203 000
Reserve personnel: 75 110 68 000
Available for military: 14 856 917 14 563 662

Land Forces

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

Air Forces

Total aircraft: 886 1 076
Fighter aircraft: 141 38
Multirole aircraf: 89 150
Attack aircraft: 0 89
Helicopters: 386 512

Navy

Total naval: 76 109
Aircraftcarriers: 1 4
Destroyers: 6 10
Frigates: 13 11
Corvettes: 0 0
Submarines: 11 10

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.

France

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