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Military power of France & Austria

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Country: France (FR) Austria (AT)
Capital: Paris Vienna
Population: 67 013 000 8 725 931
Area: 640 679 km2 83 879 km2
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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 55,7 billion $ 2,8 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2,3% 0,74%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 203 000 22 400
Reserve personnel: 68 000 150 000
Available for military: 14 563 662 1 941 110

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 406 56
Armoured fighting vehicles: 6 352 215
Total artillery: 448 83
Self-propelled artillery: 330 83
Rocket artillery: 13 0

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 1 076 133
Fighter aircraft: 38 15
Multirole aircraf: 150 0
Attack aircraft: 89 0
Helicopters: 512 67

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Navy

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

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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.

Austria

Does not have nuclear weapons.

Military service

France

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

Austria

Registration requirement at age 17, the legal minimum age for voluntary military service; 18 is the legal minimum age for compulsory military service (6 months), or optionally, alternative civil/community service (9 months); males 18 to 50 years old in the militia or inactive reserve are subject to compulsory service; in a January 2012 referendum, a majority of Austrians voted in favor of retaining the system of compulsory military service (with the option of alternative/non-military service) instead of switching to a professional army system.