British Armed forces

United Kingdom
Population
67,886,004
Military budget
59.2 billion $
Active personnel
196,140
Nuclear weapons
215 warheads
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Basic informations

Capital: London
Area: 242,495 km2
Population: 67,886,004
Etnic groups: white 87.2%, black/African/Caribbean/black British 3%, Asian/Asian British: Indian 2.3%, Asian/Asian British: Pakistani 1.9%, mixed 2%, other 3.7%
Religions: Christian (includes Anglican, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist) 59.5%, Muslim 4.4%, Hindu 1.3%, other 2%, unspecified 7.2%, none 25.7%

Military branches

(British Armed Forces)Army, Royal Navy (includes Royal Marines), Royal Air Force.

Military service

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.

Military expenditures

Military budget
59.2 billion $

(USA)

Percent of GDP
2.2

Manpower

Active personnel
196,140

(China)

Reserve
45,000

(China)

Available
14,856,917

(China)

Land Forces

Tanks
286

(Russia)

AFV
4,644

(USA)

Artillery
259

(Russia)

Self-propelled guns
89

(Russia)

Rocket artillery
44
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

AFVs

TypeNameNumber
-Ajax14
-Coyote MWMIK71
-CVR(T)453
-Foxhound398
-Jackal MWMIK437
-Panther401
-Husky311

Self-propelled artillery

TypeNameNumber

Rocket artillery

TypeNameNumber

Air Forces

Total aircraft
996

(USA)

Fighters
157

(China)

Multirole
21

(USA)

Attack
0

(Russia)

Helicopters
359

(USA)

UCAV (combat drone)
9

(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
--

Helicopters

TypeNameNumber
-Bell 2125
-Westland Gazelle AH134
-Westland Sea King2
-Bell Griffin HAR23
-AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin HM244
-AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin Mk3i/428
-Boeing AH-64E Guardian6
-Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin II7
-Eurocopter AS350 Écureuil3
-Agusta AW1092
-Westland Puma24

UCAV (combat drone)

TypeNameNumber

Navy

Total naval
74

(China)

Aircraftcarriers
1

(USA)

Destroyers
6

(USA)

Frigates
12

(China)

Corvettes
0

(Russia)

Submarines
10

(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
--

Submarines

TypeNameNumber
-Trafalgar-class2

Nuclear weapons

Third out of fifth nuclear-weapon states that are under the NPT, the treaty of the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The first successful test in the nuclear history of Great Britain occurred in October 1952, three years after Russia’s first successful attempt. “Hurricane”, which was the codename for the test assumed the use of 3 megaton bomb, which was dropped in Australia. The UK itself did not have many tests after that. Comparing to a thousand and hundreds of tests by Americans and Russians, the Brits made only 45 tests of nuclear arsenal.

We should remember about the fact that United Kingdom was in a strict cooperation with United States at the very beginning. It means that we cannot forget about the tremendous help the Americans received from the British government and men of science while developing their first nuclear bomb. Unfortunately, all the data that USA could not be sent back to the UK, since the cooperation has ended prematurely. This was one of the reasons why UK developed their first nuclear weapon so late. At this moment, they possess 215 warheads in total, out of which 120 is deployed and completely operational.