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Military power of Iran & Pakistan

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Iran vs Pakistan

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Country: Iran (IR) Pakistan (PK)
Capital: Tehran Islamabad
Population: 83,183,741 225,199,937
Area: 1,648,195 km2 796,095 km2
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Economy Comparison:

Military expenditures

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Military budget: 17.4 billion $ 10.3 billion $
Percent of GDP: 3.8% 4%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 610,000 653,000
Reserve personnel: 350,000 513,000
Available for military: 23,619,215 48,453,305

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 2,531 2,735
Armoured fighting vehicles: 1,625 3,066
Total artillery: 4,096 3,745
Self-propelled artillery: 570 325
Rocket artillery: 1,438 134

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 886 1,241
Fighter aircraft: 130 186
Multirole aircraf: 73 225
Attack aircraft: 52 90
Helicopters: 324 323
UCAV (combat drone): 36 98

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Navy

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Total naval: 406 231
Aircraftcarriers: 0 0
Destroyers: 0 0
Frigates: 6 9
Corvettes: 3 0
Submarines: 40 5

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Nuclear weapons

Iran

Does not have nuclear weapons.

Pakistan

Pakistan is one of several nations that are not the part of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Yet, the Pakistani government managed to acquire nuclear warheads, or at least it is believed so. The entire pursuit for nuclear power began at the beginning of 1970s. It was back then, when Western Powers heard about Pakistan efforts of developing nuclear weapons. At the beginning the government established first nuclear power plant. It was located near Karachi. Noteworthy is the fact that it was possible due to the help of Western nations, which provided Pakistan with necessary equipment and materials. Later on, the president of Pakistan said that the main goal of Pakistan is to construct nuclear weapons. It was a response to India’s claim that they are capable of building nuclear weapons.

Although throughout the 1970s and at the beginning of 1980s there were little facts regarding Pakistan’ nuclear capabilities, there were rumours that from the mid-1980s, Pakistan already had a few warheads. However, it was only in 1998 that Pakistan decided to conduct their first nuclear tests. There were 6 tests and they were the response to 5 tests that India conducted several weeks before Pakistan.

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.

Pakistan

16-23 years of age for voluntary military service; soldiers cannot be deployed for combat until age 18; the Pakistani Air Force and Pakistani Navy have inducted their first female pilots and sailors; the Pakistan Air Force recruits aviation technicians at age 15; service obligation (Navy) 10-18 years; retirement required after 18-30 years service or age 40-52.