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Military power of Italy & United Kingdom

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Italy vs United Kingdom

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Country: Italy (IT) United Kingdom (GB)
Capital: Rome London
Population: 60 795 612 65 110 000
Area: 301 338 km2 242 495 km2
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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 37,7 billion $ 58,6 billion $
Percent of GDP: 1,27% 2%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 177 000 156 940
Reserve personnel: 41 867 75 110
Available for military: 13 865 688 14 856 917

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 200 407
Armoured fighting vehicles: 2 795 4 673
Total artillery: 275 532
Self-propelled artillery: 164 117
Rocket artillery: 21 50

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 811 888
Fighter aircraft: 80 141
Multirole aircraf: 88 91
Attack aircraft: 48 0
Helicopters: 365 386

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Navy

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Total naval: 142 76
Aircraftcarriers: 2 1
Destroyers: 4 6
Frigates: 12 13
Corvettes: 1 0
Submarines: 8 11

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Nuclear weapons

Italy

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

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

Italy

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

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.