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Military power of North Korea & Russia

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North Korea vs Russia

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Country: North Korea (KP) Russia (RU)
Capital: Pyongyang Moscow
Population: 25,549,604 146,171,015
Area: 120,540 km2 17,098,242 km2
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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 1.3 billion $ 61.7 billion $
Percent of GDP: 4.9% 4.3%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 1,280,000 1,154,000
Reserve personnel: 600,000 2,000,000
Available for military: 6,515,279 34,765,736

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 6,000 12,270
Armoured fighting vehicles: 4,000 26,831
Total artillery: 13,000 18,497
Self-propelled artillery: 4,500 6,532
Rocket artillery: 5,000 4,359

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 906 5,552
Fighter aircraft: 349 792
Multirole aircraf: 35 832
Attack aircraft: 154 880
Helicopters: 202 1,724
UCAV (combat drone): 0 30

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Navy

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Total naval: 525 664
Aircraftcarriers: 0 1
Destroyers: 0 18
Frigates: 6 11
Corvettes: 6 83
Submarines: 75 59

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Nuclear weapons

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.

Russia

The second most important state when it comes to researching, developing, and then storing nuclear weapon. Although the Russians managed to catch up with Americans later on, it was only in 1949 that the first nuclear test conducted by then the Soviet Union occurred. It was still quite a surprise for the Western Powers, who believed that Russia won’t be capable of producing nuclear warheads until 1953-1954. After the first test, the nation in question started to rapidly increase the amount of warheads they possessed. In the end of 1980s, they were the leading power when it comes to total number of warheads stored. It was approximately 40,000 warheads.

Nowadays, similarly to United States, the Russians store a total number of 6490 warheads, what is scarcely more than USA. When it comes to the number of deployed warheads, the amount is the same as in case of Americans, namely 1600 deployed warheads. We should also remember about the fact that Russia conducted over 700 tests, what makes them the second most important nation when it comes to developing nuclear weapons. However, it was the Soviet Union that managed to create the biggest bomb in the world. Known as Tsar Bomba, it had blast yield of 50 megatons of TNT.

Military service

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.

Russia

18-27 years of age for compulsory or voluntary military service; males are registered for the draft at 17 years of age; 1-year service obligation (conscripts can only be sent to combat zones after 6 months of training); reserve obligation for non-officers to age 50; enrollment in military schools from the age of 16, cadets classified as members of the armed forces.