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Military power of Italy & France

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Italy vs France

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Country: Italy (IT) France (FR)
Capital: Rome Paris
Population: 60 795 612 67 013 000
Area: 301 338 km2 640 679 km2
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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 37,7 billion $ 55,7 billion $
Percent of GDP: 1,27% 2,3%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 177 000 203 000
Reserve personnel: 41 867 68 000
Available for military: 13 865 688 14 563 662

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 200 406
Armoured fighting vehicles: 2 795 6 352
Total artillery: 275 448
Self-propelled artillery: 164 330
Rocket artillery: 21 13

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 811 1 076
Fighter aircraft: 80 38
Multirole aircraf: 88 150
Attack aircraft: 48 89
Helicopters: 365 512

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Navy

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Total naval: 142 109
Aircraftcarriers: 2 4
Destroyers: 4 10
Frigates: 12 11
Corvettes: 1 0
Submarines: 8 10

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Nuclear weapons

Italy

Italy participates in the NATO nuclear weapons sharing arrangements and trains for delivering United States nuclear warheads.

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

Italy

18-25 years of age for voluntary military service; women may serve in any military branch; Italian citizenship required; 1-year service obligation.

France

18-25 years of age for male and female voluntary military service; no conscription; 1-year service obligation; women serve in noncombat post.