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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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Iran is a country located in Middle East with an area of 1,648,195 km2 (land boundries: 5,894 km and costline 2,440 km - note: Iran also borders the Caspian Sea (740 km)). The capital of Iran is Tehran. The number of inhabitants is 83,183,741.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was formed in May 1979. The IRGC was a highly institutionalized and parallel military force to Iran’s regular armed forces. The Iranian military's inventory includes a mix of domestically-produced and mostly older foreign equipment largely of Chinese, Russian, Soviet, and US origin. Iran has a defense industry with the capacity to develop, produce, support, and sustain air, land, missile, and naval weapons programs.

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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 13 billion $ 17.4 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2.1% 3.8%

Military budget

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Highest value in the world: 738 billion $ (USA)
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Manpower

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Active personnel: 140,000 610,000
Reserve personnel: 515,000 350,000
Available for military: 10,500,000 23,619,215

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Highest value in the world: 2,185,000 (China)
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Land Forces

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Tanks: 627 2,842
Armoured fighting vehicles: 2,662 3,555
Total artillery: 751 4,873
Self-propelled artillery: 577 1,030
Rocket artillery: 174 1,755

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: 456 973
Fighter aircraft: 23 112
Multirole aircraft: 48 75
Attack aircraft: 18 23
Helicopters: 212 519
UCAV (combat drone): 1 83

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: 66 272
Aircraftcarriers: 0 0
Destroyers: 0 0
Frigates: 2 6
Corvettes: 2 3
Submarines: 1 19

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

Poland

Does not have nuclear weapons.

Iran

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.

Iran

18 years of age for compulsory military service; 16 years of age for volunteers; 17 years of age for Law Enforcement Forces; 15 years of age for Basij Forces (Popular Mobilization Army); conscript military service obligation is 18 months; women exempt from military service.