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Military power of France & Spain

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France vs Spain

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Country: France (FR) Spain (ES)
Capital: Paris Madrid
Population: 67,413,000 47,450,795
Area: 640,679 km2 505,990 km2
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Economy Comparison:

Military expenditures

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Military budget: 52.7 billion $ 17.2 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2.1% 1.2%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 270,000 133,282
Reserve personnel: 35,000 15,150
Available for military: 14,563,662 11,759,557

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 406 327
Armoured fighting vehicles: 6,463 2,384
Total artillery: 134 245
Self-propelled artillery: 109 102
Rocket artillery: 13 0

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 1,253 532
Fighter aircraft: 56 52
Multirole aircraf: 146 86
Attack aircraft: 86 13
Helicopters: 540 157
UCAV (combat drone): 12 0

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Navy

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Total naval: 111 76
Aircraftcarriers: 4 1
Destroyers: 11 0
Frigates: 11 11
Corvettes: 0 0
Submarines: 10 3

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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.

Spain

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.

Spain

18-26 years of age for voluntary military service by a Spanish citizen or legal immigrant, 2-3 year obligation; women allowed to serve in all SAF branches, including combat units; no conscription, but Spanish Government retains right to mobilize citizens 19-25 years of age in a national emergency; mandatory retirement of non-NCO enlisted personnel at age 45 or 58, depending on service length.