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Israel is a country located in Middle East with an area of 20,770 km2 (land boundries: 1,068 km and costline 273 km). The capital of Israel is Jerusalem but it is internationally unrecognized. The number of inhabitants is 9,353,610.

Israel has Major Non-NATO Ally (MNNA) status with the US. The majority of the IDF's inventory is comprised of weapons that are domestically-produced or imported from Europe and the United States. Israel has a broad defense industrial base that can develop, produce, support, and sustain a wide variety of weapons systems.

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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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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 21.7 billion $ 17.4 billion $
Percent of GDP: 5.6% 3.8%

Military budget

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Highest value in the world: 738 billion $ (USA)
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Manpower

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Active personnel: 169,500 610,000
Reserve personnel: 465,000 350,000
Available for military: 1,797,960 23,619,215

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Highest value in the world: 2,185,000 (China)
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Land Forces

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Tanks: 1,650 2,842
Armoured fighting vehicles: 6,135 3,555
Total artillery: 1,000 4,873
Self-propelled artillery: 650 1,030
Rocket artillery: 48 1,755

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: 618 973
Fighter aircraft: 41 112
Multirole aircraft: 230 75
Attack aircraft: 0 23
Helicopters: 128 519
UCAV (combat drone): 15 83

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: 74 272
Aircraftcarriers: 0 0
Destroyers: 0 0
Frigates: 0 6
Corvettes: 7 3
Submarines: 6 19

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

Israel

Although not certain, there is a rumour that Israel was the sixth country in the world that managed to research and develop their own nuclear arsenal. However, they did not confirm that fact. Still, a lot of sources claim that they managed to prepare fully working nuclear warheads in 1966. In spite of such early dates, Israel has not joined the NPT. Up to this day, they do not confirm nor deny the possibility of having nuclear arsenal. As a result of that, Israel is said to apply quite effective, yet affordable deterring policy.

According to many organizations, the estimated numbers of nuclear weapons that Israel possesses varies from 80 up to even 200 ready to be launched nuclear weapons. What is more, there are also rumours that Israel managed to prepare special missiles that can be operational from submarines.

Iran

Does not have nuclear weapons.

Military service

Israel

18 years of age for compulsory (Jews, Druzes) military service; 17 years of age for voluntary (Christians, Muslims, Circassians) military service; both sexes are obligated to military service; conscript service obligation - 36 months for enlisted men, 21 months for enlisted women, 48 months for officers; pilots commit to 9 years service; reserve obligation to age 41-51 (men), 24 (women).

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.