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Military power of Greece & France

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Greece vs France

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Country: Greece (GR) France (FR)
Capital: Athens Paris
Population: 10 846 979 67 013 000
Area: 131 990 km2 640 679 km2
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Military expenditures

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

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 143 000 203 000
Reserve personnel: 216 000 68 000
Available for military: 2 535 174 14 563 662

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 1 353 406
Armoured fighting vehicles: 3 400 6 352
Total artillery: 1 162 448
Self-propelled artillery: 547 330
Rocket artillery: 152 13

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 620 1 076
Fighter aircraft: 0 38
Multirole aircraf: 198 150
Attack aircraft: 0 89
Helicopters: 268 512

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Navy

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Total naval: 99 109
Aircraftcarriers: 0 4
Destroyers: 0 10
Frigates: 13 11
Corvettes: 0 0
Submarines: 11 10

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Nuclear weapons

Greece

Does not have 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.

Military service

Greece

19-45 years of age for compulsory military service; during wartime the law allows for recruitment beginning January of the year of inductee's 18th birthday, thus including 17 year olds; 18 years of age for volunteers; conscript service obligation is 1 year for the Army and 9 months for the Air Force and Navy; women are eligible for voluntary 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.