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The European Union (EU) is a political and economic union countries that are located in Europe with an area of 4,233,255 km2 The capital of Ukraine is Brussels. The number of inhabitants estimated is about 447 million. Members of EU: Germany, Latvia, France, Lithuania, Estonia, Portugal, Belgium, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Sweden, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Hungary, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.

The European Union were not devised as a military alliance because most of the members are in the North Atlantic Alliance. Since the withdrawal of the UK, France is the only member recognised as a nuclear weapon state. Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium participate in NATO nuclear sharing.

Israel is a country located in Middle East with an area of 20,770 km2 (land boundries: 1,068 km and costline 273 km). The capital of Israel is Jerusalem but it is internationally unrecognized. The number of inhabitants is 9,353,610.

Israel has Major Non-NATO Ally (MNNA) status with the US. The majority of the IDF's inventory is comprised of weapons that are domestically-produced or imported from Europe and the United States. Israel has a broad defense industrial base that can develop, produce, support, and sustain a wide variety of weapons systems.

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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 245.11 billion $ 24 billion $
Percent of GDP: 0% 5.2%

Military budget

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Highest value in the world: 916 billion $ (USA)


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Active personnel: 1,166,519 169,500
Reserve personnel: 1,801,532 465,000
Available for military: 92,594,951 1,797,960


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Highest value in the world: 2,035,000 (China)

Land Forces

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Tanks: 4,253 1,650
Armoured fighting vehicles: 29,418 6,135
Total artillery: 6,065 1,000
Self-propelled artillery: 1,872 650
Rocket artillery: 667 48


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Highest value in the world: 12,267 (Russia)

Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 5,420 618
Fighter aircraft: 453 41
Multirole aircraft: 874 230
Attack aircraft: 162 0
Helicopters: 2,454 128
UCAV (combat drone): 41 15

Total aircraft

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Highest value in the world: 12,930 (USA)


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Total naval: 1,306 74
Aircraftcarriers: 7 0
Destroyers: 19 0
Frigates: 69 0
Corvettes: 23 7
Submarines: 48 6

Total naval

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Highest value in the world: 967 (North Korea)

Nuclear weapons

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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.

Military service

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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).