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Italy is a country located in Southern Europe with an area of 301,338 km2 (land boundries: 1,836.4 km and costline 7,600 km). The capital of Italy is Rome. The number of inhabitants is 60,317,116.

Italy is a member of NATO and was one of the original 12 countries to sign the North Atlantic Treaty. The Italian Armed Forces inventory includes a mix of domestically-produced, jointly-produced, and imported weapons systems, mostly from Europe and the United State. The Italian defense industry is capable of producing equipment across all the military domains with particular strengths in naval vessels and aircraft

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North Korea is a country located in Eastern Asia with an area of 120,540 km2 (land boundries: 1,607 km and costline 2,495 km). The capital of North Korea is Pyongyang. The number of inhabitants is 25,549,604.

The KPA is equipped with older weapon systems originally acquired from the former Soviet Union, Russia, and China, as well as some domestically-produced equipment. The North Korea produces a diverse array of military hardware like light armored vehicles, tanks, naval vessels and submarines, and advanced weapons systems, such as ballistic missiles. North Korea developing also nuclear weapons.

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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 32 billion $ 1.6 billion $
Percent of GDP: 1.5% 4.9%

Military budget

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Highest value in the world: 816 billion $ (USA)


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Active personnel: 165,500 1,280,000
Reserve personnel: 18,300 600,000
Available for military: 13,865,688 6,515,279


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

Land Forces

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Tanks: 200 6,000
Armoured fighting vehicles: 2,758 4,000
Total artillery: 197 13,000
Self-propelled artillery: 68 4,500
Rocket artillery: 21 4,000


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

Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 712 960
Fighter aircraft: 92 349
Multirole aircraft: 66 35
Attack aircraft: 45 188
Helicopters: 423 202
UCAV (combat drone): 12 0

Total aircraft

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


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Total naval: 200 967
Aircraftcarriers: 2 0
Destroyers: 4 0
Frigates: 15 2
Corvettes: 0 8
Submarines: 8 72

Total naval

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Highest value in the world: 967 (North Korea)

Nuclear weapons


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

North Korea

Although at the beginning North Korea joined the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, they withdrew from it on January 2003. It was a consequence of the United States accusation. The USA government claimed that North Korea was unofficially funding a program of uranium enrichment. Because of that, they cancelled the 1994 Agreed Framework treaty and cut off the energy assistance. Two years after withdrawing, the officials from North Korea claimed that they own operational nuclear arsenal. In spite of North Koreans assurances, the United States did not believe that North Korea really posses such weapons. As a result, the government of North Korea decided to conduct tests.

There were three tests that North Korea initially conducted. The first one, with the yield of less than a kiloton, took place in 2006. However, to show that this was in fact a nuclear detonation, North Koreans conducted second and third tests, respectable in 2009 and 2013. The maximum power of the blast of the aforementioned tests can be estimated to be up to 40 kilotons. However, a lot of sources claim that yield did not surpass 10-15 kilotons. Noteworthy is also the fact that in 2016, North Korea announced that they have conducted their first hydrogen-bomb test.

Military service


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

North Korea

18 is presumed to be the legal minimum age for compulsory military service; 16-17 is the presumed legal minimum age for voluntary service.