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Country: France (FR) Syria (SY)
Capital: Paris Damascus
Population: 67 013 000 17 064 854
Area: 640 679 km2 185 180 km2
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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 55,7 billion $ 3,3 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2,3% 5%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 203 000 150 000
Reserve personnel: 68 000 0
Available for military: 14 563 662 11 550 000

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 406 4 156
Armoured fighting vehicles: 6 352 3 810
Total artillery: 448 3 156
Self-propelled artillery: 330 424
Rocket artillery: 13 582

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 1 076 518
Fighter aircraft: 38 110
Multirole aircraf: 150 40
Attack aircraft: 89 96
Helicopters: 512 167

Total aircraft

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Navy

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Total naval: 109 37
Aircraftcarriers: 4 0
Destroyers: 10 0
Frigates: 11 0
Corvettes: 0 0
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.

Syria

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.

Syria

18 years of age for compulsory and voluntary military service; conscript service obligation is 18 months; women are not conscripted but may volunteer to serve; re-enlistment obligation 5 years, with retirement after 15 years or age 40 or 20 years or age 45.