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Military power of Iran & France

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Iran vs France

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Country: Iran (IR) France (FR)
Capital: Tehran Paris
Population: 83,183,741 67,413,000
Area: 1,648,195 km2 640,679 km2
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Economy Comparison:

Military expenditures

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Military budget: 17.4 billion $ 52.7 billion $
Percent of GDP: 3.8% 2.1%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 610,000 270,000
Reserve personnel: 350,000 35,000
Available for military: 23,619,215 14,563,662

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 2,842 406
Armoured fighting vehicles: 3,555 6,463
Total artillery: 4,873 134
Self-propelled artillery: 1,030 109
Rocket artillery: 1,755 13

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 973 1,253
Fighter aircraft: 112 56
Multirole aircraf: 75 146
Attack aircraft: 23 86
Helicopters: 519 540
UCAV (combat drone): 83 12

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Navy

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Total naval: 272 111
Aircraftcarriers: 0 4
Destroyers: 0 11
Frigates: 6 11
Corvettes: 3 0
Submarines: 19 10

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Nuclear weapons

Iran

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

Iran

18 years of age for compulsory military service; 16 years of age for volunteers; 17 years of age for Law Enforcement Forces; 15 years of age for Basij Forces (Popular Mobilization Army); conscript military service obligation is 18 months; women exempt from 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.