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Poland vs Belarus

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Poland is a country located in Central Europe with an area of 312,679 km2 (land boundries: 2,865 km and costline 440 km). The capital of Poland is Warsaw. The number of inhabitants is 38,268,000.

Poland joined NATO in 1999 and hosts US-led multi-national NATO ground force battlegroup since 2007. The inventory of the Polish Armed Forces consists of a mix of Soviet-era and more modern Western weapons systems. Poland announced in March 2022 plans to increase the size of its armed forces to 300,000 personnel and to allocate at least 3% of GDP to defense. Modernization plan would include such items as 5th generation combat aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, rocket artillery, helicopters, submarines and frigates.

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Belarus is a country located in Eastern Europe with an area of 207,595 km2 (land boundries: 3,599 km and costline 0 km (landlocked)). The capital of Belarus is Minsk. The number of inhabitants is 9,349,645.

Belarus has close security ties with Russia. In 2022, Belarus allowed Russian military forces to stage on its territory during its invasion of Ukraine. Russia is the principal supplier of arms to Belarus, and Belarusian troops reportedly train on Russian equipment. The inventory of the Belarus Armed Forces is comprised mostly of Russian andSoviet-origin equipment, and since 2010 Russia is the leading provider of arms. Belarus's defense industry manufactures some equipment (mostly modernized Soviet designs).

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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 40 billion $ 0.9 billion $
Percent of GDP: 4.7% 1.2%

Military budget

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Highest value in the world: 916 billion $ (USA)
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Manpower

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Active personnel: 200,000 63,000
Reserve personnel: 150,000 344,750
Available for military: 10,500,000 2,500,000

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

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Tanks: 601 652
Armoured fighting vehicles: 2,417 1,871
Total artillery: 773 1,041
Self-propelled artillery: 585 440
Rocket artillery: 188 371

Tanks

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

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Total aircraft: 481 199
Fighter aircraft: 13 34
Multirole aircraft: 60 4
Attack aircraft: 18 67
Helicopters: 212 68
UCAV (combat drone): 24 0

Total aircraft

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

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Total naval: 66 0
Aircraftcarriers: 0 0
Destroyers: 0 0
Frigates: 2 0
Corvettes: 2 0
Submarines: 1 0

Total naval

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Highest value in the world: 967 (North Korea)
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Nuclear weapons

Poland

Does not have nuclear weapons.

Belarus

Does not have nuclear weapons.

Military service

Poland

18-28 years of age for male and female voluntary military service; conscription phased out in 2009-12; service obligation shortened from 12 to 9 months in 2005; women only allowed to serve as officers and noncommissioned officers.

Belarus

18-27 years of age for compulsory military or alternative service; conscript service obligation is 12-18 months, depending on academic qualifications, and 24-36 months for alternative service, depending on academic qualifications; 17 year olds are eligible to become cadets at military higher education institutes, where they are classified as military personnel.