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Military power of France & Norway

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France vs Norway

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Country: France (FR) Norway (NO)
Capital: Paris Oslo
Population: 67,413,000 5,391,369
Area: 640,679 km2 323,802 km2
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Economy Comparison:

Military expenditures

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Military budget: 52.7 billion $ 7.2 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2.1% 2%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 270,000 25,000
Reserve personnel: 35,000 46,000
Available for military: 14,563,662 1,078,181

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 406 52
Armoured fighting vehicles: 6,463 514
Total artillery: 134 38
Self-propelled artillery: 109 26
Rocket artillery: 13 12

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 1,253 143
Fighter aircraft: 56 0
Multirole aircraf: 146 71
Attack aircraft: 86 0
Helicopters: 540 34
UCAV (combat drone): 12 0

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Navy

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Total naval: 111 45
Aircraftcarriers: 4 0
Destroyers: 11 0
Frigates: 11 5
Corvettes: 0 0
Submarines: 10 6

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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.

Norway

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.

Norway

18-44 years of age for male compulsory military service (55 years of age if you are an officer); 16 years of age in wartime; 17 years of age for male volunteers; 18 years of age for women. 19-month service with 12-month service obligation. Around 50% of conscripts are enrolled in the Home Guard, for a 7-month period (spread out over many years).