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

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

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Manpower

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

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Land Forces

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

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Air Forces

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

Total aircraft

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Navy

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

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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.

Brazil

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.

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.