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Military power of Australia & France

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Australia vs France

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Country: Australia (AU) France (FR)
Capital: Canberra Paris
Population: 24 399 300 67 013 000
Area: 7 692 024 km2 640 679 km2
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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 25 billion $ 55,7 billion $
Percent of GDP: 1,88% 2,3%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 58 061 203 000
Reserve personnel: 19 338 68 000
Available for military: 5 316 464 14 563 662

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 59 406
Armoured fighting vehicles: 2 580 6 352
Total artillery: 235 448
Self-propelled artillery: 0 330
Rocket artillery: 0 13

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 450 1 076
Fighter aircraft: 0 38
Multirole aircraf: 97 150
Attack aircraft: 0 89
Helicopters: 187 512

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Navy

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Total naval: 49 109
Aircraftcarriers: 2 4
Destroyers: 0 10
Frigates: 11 11
Corvettes: 0 0
Submarines: 6 10

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Nuclear weapons

Australia

Does not have nuclear weapons.

France

France managed to research and develop its own nuclear weapon in 1960. The test, known as, Gerboise Bleue, was the result of mostly French research. One of the main figures that played crucial role in the entire process of developing the bomb was General Pierre Marie Gallois. He was concerned that the Suez Crisis, which started in 1956, would show the world how insignificant France became, since out of all Great Powers in the world, they were the only one without possessing its own nuclear arsenal. The tests were conducted on the terrains of Sahara Desert.

At this moment France owns 300 nuclear warheads, out of which almost all are deployed. What is more, compared to Great Britain, they made more tests, approximately 210. Noteworthy is the fact that the development of the first nuclear bomb in France as well as its tests were a bit controversial. It was due to the fact that France allowed Israeli observers to attend the tests, providing them with almost unrestricted access to all the data. It was quite important, since Israel, together with United Kingdom and France, were trying to invade Egypt.

Military service

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.

France

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