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Country: Israel (IL) United Kingdom (GB)
Capital: Jerusalem (internationally unrecognized) London
Population: 9,353,610 67,886,004
Area: 20,770 km2 242,495 km2
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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 21.7 billion $ 59.2 billion $
Percent of GDP: 5.6% 2.2%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 169,500 196,140
Reserve personnel: 465,000 45,000
Available for military: 1,797,960 14,856,917

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 2,200 286
Armoured fighting vehicles: 6,766 4,644
Total artillery: 1,522 259
Self-propelled artillery: 614 89
Rocket artillery: 48 44

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 805 996
Fighter aircraft: 52 157
Multirole aircraf: 370 21
Attack aircraft: 25 0
Helicopters: 177 359
UCAV (combat drone): 15 9

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Navy

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Total naval: 74 74
Aircraftcarriers: 0 1
Destroyers: 0 6
Frigates: 0 12
Corvettes: 3 0
Submarines: 5 10

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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.

United Kingdom

Third out of fifth nuclear-weapon states that are under the NPT, the treaty of the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The first successful test in the nuclear history of Great Britain occurred in October 1952, three years after Russia’s first successful attempt. “Hurricane”, which was the codename for the test assumed the use of 3 megaton bomb, which was dropped in Australia. The UK itself did not have many tests after that. Comparing to a thousand and hundreds of tests by Americans and Russians, the Brits made only 45 tests of nuclear arsenal.

We should remember about the fact that United Kingdom was in a strict cooperation with United States at the very beginning. It means that we cannot forget about the tremendous help the Americans received from the British government and men of science while developing their first nuclear bomb. Unfortunately, all the data that USA could not be sent back to the UK, since the cooperation has ended prematurely. This was one of the reasons why UK developed their first nuclear weapon so late. At this moment, they possess 215 warheads in total, out of which 120 is deployed and completely operational.

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).

United Kingdom

16-33 years of age (officers 17-28) for voluntary military service (with parental consent under 18); no conscription; women serve in military services, but are excluded from ground combat positions and some naval postings; must be citizen of the UK, Commonwealth, or Republic of Ireland; reservists serve a minimum of 3 years, to age 45 or 55; 17 years 6 months of age for voluntary military service by Nepalese citizens in the Brigade of Gurkhas; 16-34 years of age for voluntary military service by Papua New Guinean citizens.