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Iran is a country located in Middle East with an area of 1,648,195 km2 (land boundries: 5,894 km and costline 2,440 km - note: Iran also borders the Caspian Sea (740 km)). The capital of Iran is Tehran. The number of inhabitants is 83,183,741.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was formed in May 1979. The IRGC was a highly institutionalized and parallel military force to Iran’s regular armed forces. The Iranian military's inventory includes a mix of domestically-produced and mostly older foreign equipment largely of Chinese, Russian, Soviet, and US origin. Iran has a defense industry with the capacity to develop, produce, support, and sustain air, land, missile, and naval weapons programs.

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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (North Atlantic Alliance) is an intergovernmental military alliance which was signed in Washington on 4 April 1949. NATO is a system of collective security: its independent member states agree to defend each other against attacks by others countries. NATO's main headquarters are located in Brussels. The following twelve states signed the treaty and became the founding members: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, United Kingdom and United States. The following states joined the treaty after 1949: Greece, Germany, Turkey and Spain. Members who joined after the dissolution of the Soviet Union: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Albania, Croatia, Montenegro and North Macedonia.

Before and during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, several NATO countries sent army to reinforce the alliance's eastern flank. Alliance had deployed 40,000 troops along its 2,500 kilometres long Eastern flank to deter possible Russian aggression. On 5 July the North Atlantic Alliance members signed off on the accession protocols for Sweden and Finland and formally approved the decisions of the NATO summit.

Finland joined the alliance on 4 April 2023.

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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 10 billion $ 1157.71 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2.1% 0%

Military budget

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Highest value in the world: 916 billion $ (USA)
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Manpower

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Active personnel: 587,000 3,142,889
Reserve personnel: 200,000 2,748,132
Available for military: 23,619,215 206,903,543

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Highest value in the world: 2,035,000 (China)
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Land Forces

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Tanks: 2,842 14,125
Armoured fighting vehicles: 3,555 86,709
Total artillery: 4,873 12,997
Self-propelled artillery: 1,030 4,359
Rocket artillery: 1,755 2,485

Tanks

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Highest value in the world: 12,267 (Russia)
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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 973 21,104
Fighter aircraft: 112 1,104
Multirole aircraft: 75 3,586
Attack aircraft: 23 728
Helicopters: 519 8,293
UCAV (combat drone): 83 556

Total aircraft

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Highest value in the world: 12,930 (USA)
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Navy

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Total naval: 272 1,916
Aircraftcarriers: 0 28
Destroyers: 0 119
Frigates: 6 113
Corvettes: 3 54
Submarines: 19 144

Total naval

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Highest value in the world: 967 (North Korea)
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Nuclear weapons

Iran

Does not have nuclear weapons.

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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.

NATO

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