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Country: Pakistan (PK) France (FR)
Capital: Islamabad Paris
Population: 199 085 847 67 013 000
Area: 796 095 km2 640 679 km2
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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 10,8 billion $ 55,7 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2,9% 2,3%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 653 800 203 000
Reserve personnel: 513 000 68 000
Available for military: 48 453 305 14 563 662

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 2 735 406
Armoured fighting vehicles: 3 066 6 352
Total artillery: 3 745 448
Self-propelled artillery: 325 330
Rocket artillery: 134 13

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 1 143 1 076
Fighter aircraft: 186 38
Multirole aircraf: 225 150
Attack aircraft: 90 89
Helicopters: 323 512

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Navy

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Total naval: 231 109
Aircraftcarriers: 0 4
Destroyers: 0 10
Frigates: 9 11
Corvettes: 0 0
Submarines: 5 10

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Nuclear weapons

Pakistan

Pakistan is one of several nations that are not the part of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Yet, the Pakistani government managed to acquire nuclear warheads, or at least it is believed so. The entire pursuit for nuclear power began at the beginning of 1970s. It was back then, when Western Powers heard about Pakistan efforts of developing nuclear weapons. At the beginning the government established first nuclear power plant. It was located near Karachi. Noteworthy is the fact that it was possible due to the help of Western nations, which provided Pakistan with necessary equipment and materials. Later on, the president of Pakistan said that the main goal of Pakistan is to construct nuclear weapons. It was a response to India’s claim that they are capable of building nuclear weapons.

Although throughout the 1970s and at the beginning of 1980s there were little facts regarding Pakistan’ nuclear capabilities, there were rumours that from the mid-1980s, Pakistan already had a few warheads. However, it was only in 1998 that Pakistan decided to conduct their first nuclear tests. There were 6 tests and they were the response to 5 tests that India conducted several weeks before Pakistan.

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

Pakistan

16-23 years of age for voluntary military service; soldiers cannot be deployed for combat until age 18; the Pakistani Air Force and Pakistani Navy have inducted their first female pilots and sailors; the Pakistan Air Force recruits aviation technicians at age 15; service obligation (Navy) 10-18 years; retirement required after 18-30 years service or age 40-52.

France

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