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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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Spain is a country located in Southwestern Europe with an area of 505,990 km2 (land boundries: 1,952.7 km and costline 4,964 km). The capital of Spain is Madrid. The number of inhabitants is 47,450,795.

Spain joined NATO in 1982. The inventory of the Spanish military is comprised of domestically-produced and imported Western weapons systems. Spain's defense industry manufactures land, air, and sea weapons systems and is integrated within the European defense-industrial sector.

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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 13 billion $ 17.2 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2.1% 1.2%

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: 140,000 133,282
Reserve personnel: 515,000 15,150
Available for military: 10,500,000 11,759,557

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

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Tanks: 627 327
Armoured fighting vehicles: 2,662 2,361
Total artillery: 751 242
Self-propelled artillery: 577 102
Rocket artillery: 174 0

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: 456 570
Fighter aircraft: 23 68
Multirole aircraft: 48 84
Attack aircraft: 18 13
Helicopters: 212 152
UCAV (combat drone): 1 4

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 60
Aircraftcarriers: 0 1
Destroyers: 0 0
Frigates: 2 11
Corvettes: 2 0
Submarines: 1 2

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.

Spain

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.

Spain

18-26 years of age for voluntary military service by a Spanish citizen or legal immigrant, 2-3 year obligation; women allowed to serve in all SAF branches, including combat units; no conscription, but Spanish Government retains right to mobilize citizens 19-25 years of age in a national emergency; mandatory retirement of non-NCO enlisted personnel at age 45 or 58, depending on service length.