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Country: Brazil (BR) France (FR)
Capital: Brasília Paris
Population: 204 451 000 67 013 000
Area: 8 515 767 km2 640 679 km2
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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 22,8 billion $ 55,7 billion $
Percent of GDP: 1,3% 2,3%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 318 480 203 000
Reserve personnel: 1 340 000 68 000
Available for military: 53 350 703 14 563 662

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 469 406
Armoured fighting vehicles: 1 769 6 352
Total artillery: 956 448
Self-propelled artillery: 212 330
Rocket artillery: 198 13

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 749 1 076
Fighter aircraft: 47 38
Multirole aircraf: 0 150
Attack aircraft: 78 89
Helicopters: 249 512

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Navy

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Total naval: 108 109
Aircraftcarriers: 1 4
Destroyers: 0 10
Frigates: 8 11
Corvettes: 3 0
Submarines: 5 10

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Nuclear weapons

Brazil

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

Brazil

18-45 years of age for compulsory military service; conscript service obligation is 10-12 months; 17-45 years of age for voluntary service; an increasing percentage of the ranks are "long-service" volunteer professionals; women were allowed to serve in the armed forces beginning in early 1980s when the Brazilian Army became the first army in South America to accept women into career ranks; women serve in Navy and Air Force only in Women's Reserve Corps.

France

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