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Country: France (FR) Iran (IR)
Capital: Paris Tehran
Population: 67 413 000 83 183 741
Area: 640 679 km2 1 648 195 km2
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Economy Comparison:

Military expenditures

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Military budget: 52,7 billion $ 17,4 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2,1% 3,8%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 270 000 610 000
Reserve personnel: 35 000 350 000
Available for military: 14 563 662 23 619 215

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 406 2 531
Armoured fighting vehicles: 6 352 1 625
Total artillery: 448 4 096
Self-propelled artillery: 330 570
Rocket artillery: 13 1 438

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 1 088 886
Fighter aircraft: 38 130
Multirole aircraf: 150 73
Attack aircraft: 89 52
Helicopters: 512 324
UCAV (combat drone): 12 36

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Navy

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Total naval: 109 406
Aircraftcarriers: 4 0
Destroyers: 10 0
Frigates: 11 6
Corvettes: 0 3
Submarines: 10 40

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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.

Iran

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.

Iran

18 years of age for compulsory military service; 16 years of age for volunteers; 17 years of age for Law Enforcement Forces; 15 years of age for Basij Forces (Popular Mobilization Army); conscript military service obligation is 18 months; women exempt from military service.