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Military power of France & Turkey

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Country: France (FR) Turkey (TR)
Capital: Paris Ankara
Population: 67,413,000 83,614,362
Area: 640,679 km2 783,562 km2
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Economy Comparison:

Military expenditures

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Military budget: 52.7 billion $ 21.9 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2.1% 2.9%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 270,000 355,200
Reserve personnel: 35,000 378,700
Available for military: 14,563,662 21,079,077

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 406 2,435
Armoured fighting vehicles: 6,463 7,947
Total artillery: 134 2,546
Self-propelled artillery: 109 1,087
Rocket artillery: 13 462

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 1,253 1,547
Fighter aircraft: 56 49
Multirole aircraf: 146 245
Attack aircraft: 86 0
Helicopters: 540 606
UCAV (combat drone): 12 186

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Navy

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Total naval: 111 145
Aircraftcarriers: 4 0
Destroyers: 11 0
Frigates: 11 16
Corvettes: 0 9
Submarines: 10 12

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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.

Turkey

Turkey participates in the NATO nuclear weapons sharing arrangements and trains for delivering United States nuclear warheads.

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.

Turkey

21-41 years of age for male compulsory military service; 18 years of age for voluntary service; 12 months conscript obligation for non-university graduates, 6-12 months for university graduates (graduates of higher education may perform 6 months of military service as short-term privates, or 12 months as reserve officers); conscripts are called to register at age 20, for service at 21; women serve in the Turkish Armed Forces only as officers; reserve obligation to age 41; Turkish citizens with a residence or work permit who have worked abroad for at least 3 years (1095 days) can be exempt from military service in exchange for 6,000 EUR or its equivalent in foreign currencies; a law passed in December 2014 introduced a one-time payment scheme which exempted Turkish citizens 27 and older from conscription in exchange for a payment of $8,150.