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Country: France (FR) Philippines (PH)
Capital: Paris Manila
Population: 67 013 000 102 984 100
Area: 640 679 km2 300 000 km2
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Military expenditures

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

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 203 000 125 000
Reserve personnel: 68 000 180 000
Available for military: 14 563 662 25 614 135

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 406 0
Armoured fighting vehicles: 6 352 672
Total artillery: 448 323
Self-propelled artillery: 330 0
Rocket artillery: 13 0

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 1 076 219
Fighter aircraft: 38 12
Multirole aircraf: 150 0
Attack aircraft: 89 8
Helicopters: 512 127

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Navy

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Total naval: 109 129
Aircraftcarriers: 4 0
Destroyers: 10 0
Frigates: 11 3
Corvettes: 0 10
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.

Philippines

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.

Philippines

17-23 years of age (officers 20-24) for voluntary military service; no conscription; applicants must be single male or female Philippine citizens with either 72 college credit hours (enlisted) or a baccalaureate degree (officers).