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Military power of France & Taiwan

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Country: France (FR) Taiwan (TW)
Capital: Paris Taipei
Population: 67 013 000 23 519 518
Area: 640 679 km2 36 193 km2
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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 55,7 billion $ 10,5 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2,3% 2,5%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 203 000 290 000
Reserve personnel: 68 000 2 800 000
Available for military: 14 563 662 5 883 828

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 406 1 280
Armoured fighting vehicles: 6 352 2 050
Total artillery: 448 1 785
Self-propelled artillery: 330 510
Rocket artillery: 13 115

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 1 076 787
Fighter aircraft: 38 125
Multirole aircraf: 150 190
Attack aircraft: 89 0
Helicopters: 512 250

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Navy

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Total naval: 109 67
Aircraftcarriers: 4 0
Destroyers: 10 4
Frigates: 11 20
Corvettes: 0 0
Submarines: 10 4

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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.

Taiwan

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.

Taiwan

Males 18-36 years of age may volunteer for military service or must complete 4 months of compulsory military training (or substitute civil service in some cases); women may enlist; women in Air Force service are restricted to noncombat roles; for men born before December 1993, compulsory service (military or civil) is 1 year; for 8 years after discharge, men are subject to training recall four times for periods not to exceed 20 days.