Israeli Armed forces

Israel
Population
9 353 610
Military budget
21,7 billion $
Active personnel
169 500
Nuclear weapons
200 warheads
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Basic informations

Capital: Jerusalem (internationally unrecognized)
Area: 20 770 km2
Population: 9 353 610
Etnic groups: Jewish 75% (of which Israel-born 74.4%, Europe/America/Oceania-born 17.4%, Africa-born 5.1%, Asia-born 3.1%), non-Jewish 25% (mostly Arab)
Religions: Jewish 75%, Muslim 17.5%, Christian 2%, Druze 1.6%, other 3.9%

Military branches

(Israel Defense Forces (IDF) - צְבָא הַהֲגָנָה לְיִשְׂרָאֵל) , Army Headquarters, Israel Naval Force (IN), Israel Air Force (IAF).

Military service

18 years of age for compulsory (Jews, Druzes) military service; 17 years of age for voluntary (Christians, Muslims, Circassians) military service; both sexes are obligated to military service; conscript service obligation - 36 months for enlisted men, 21 months for enlisted women, 48 months for officers; pilots commit to 9 years service; reserve obligation to age 41-51 (men), 24 (women).

Military expenditures

Military budget
21,7 billion $

(USA)

Percent of GDP
5,6

Manpower

Active personnel
169 500

(China)

Reserve
465 000

(China)

Available
1 797 960

(China)

Land Forces

Tanks
2 200

(Russia)

AFV
6 766

(USA)

Artillery
1 522

(Russia)

Self-propelled guns
614

(Russia)

Rocket artillery
48
Armoured fighting vehicles includes infantry fighting vehicles, tank destroyers, armoured personnel carriers, mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles(MRAP), amphibious and reconnaissance vehicles.
Total artillery includes towed, self-propelled gun(SPG) and rocket artillery.

Tanks

TypeNameNumber
-Merkava Mark II400
-Merkava Mark I180

AFVs

TypeNameNumber
-Nagmachon-
-IDF Achzarit215
-Wolf300
-Nakpadon-

Self-propelled artillery

TypeNameNumber
-Soltam M-6850

Rocket artillery

TypeNameNumber
-Pereh-
-LAR-160-
-LORA (Ballistic Missile)-

Air Forces

Total aircraft
787

(USA)

Fighters
52

(China)

Multirole
352

(USA)

Attack
25

(Russia)

Helicopters
177

(USA)

UCAV (combat drone)
15

(USA)

Total aircraft - number of all military aircraft and helicopters in country. Includes training and cargo aircraft. Does not include drones.
Attack includes ground-attack and strategic bomber aircraft.

Fighter aircraft

TypeNameNumber

Multirole aircraft

Attack and bomber aircraft

TypeNameNumber
-F-15E Strike Eagle25

Helicopters

TypeNameNumber
-CH-53 Sea Stallion37
-Bell 2065

UCAV (combat drone)

TypeNameNumber
-Elbit Hermes 450-

Navy

Total naval
74

(China)

Aircraftcarriers
0

(USA)

Destroyers
0

(USA)

Frigates
0

(China)

Corvettes
3

(Russia)

Submarines
5

(China)

Total naval - number of all military ships in country. Includes auxiliaries.
Aircraft carriers includes helicopter carriers. Destroyers includes Battlecruisers and Cruisers.

Aircraftcarriers

TypeNameNumber
--

Destroyers

TypeNameNumber
--

Frigates

TypeNameNumber
--

Corvettes

TypeNameNumber
-Sa'ar 5-class3

Submarines

TypeNameNumber
-Dolphin class3
-AIP Dolphin 2 Class2

Nuclear weapons

Although not certain, there is a rumour that Israel was the sixth country in the world that managed to research and develop their own nuclear arsenal. However, they did not confirm that fact. Still, a lot of sources claim that they managed to prepare fully working nuclear warheads in 1966. In spite of such early dates, Israel has not joined the NPT. Up to this day, they do not confirm nor deny the possibility of having nuclear arsenal. As a result of that, Israel is said to apply quite effective, yet affordable deterring policy.

According to many organizations, the estimated numbers of nuclear weapons that Israel possesses varies from 80 up to even 200 ready to be launched nuclear weapons. What is more, there are also rumours that Israel managed to prepare special missiles that can be operational from submarines.