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Australia vs United Kingdom

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Country: Australia (AU) United Kingdom (GB)
Capital: Canberra London
Population: 25,807,800 67,886,004
Area: 7,692,024 km2 242,495 km2
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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 34 billion $ 59.2 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2% 2.2%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 59,095 196,140
Reserve personnel: 28,878 45,000
Available for military: 5,316,464 14,856,917

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 59 286
Armoured fighting vehicles: 1,796 4,644
Total artillery: 235 259
Self-propelled artillery: 0 89
Rocket artillery: 0 44

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 433 996
Fighter aircraft: 0 157
Multirole aircraf: 133 21
Attack aircraft: 0 0
Helicopters: 130 359
UCAV (combat drone): 0 9

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Navy

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Total naval: 45 74
Aircraftcarriers: 2 1
Destroyers: 3 6
Frigates: 8 12
Corvettes: 0 0
Submarines: 6 10

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Nuclear weapons

Australia

Does not have nuclear weapons.

United Kingdom

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.

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.

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.