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Russia is a country located in North Asia bordering the Arctic Ocean with an area of 17,098,242 km2 (land boundries: 22,407 km and costline 37,653 km). The capital of Russia is Moscow. The number of inhabitants is 146,171,015.

On 24 February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine with an estimated 150 k troops. Russia is the leading member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. The Russian Federation's military is equipped with domestically-produced weapons systems. Russia is the world's second largest exporter of military hardware and has the world's largest stockpile of nuclear weapons.

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Brazil is a country located in Eastern South America with an area of 8,515,767 km2 (land boundries: 16,145 km and costline 7,491 km). The capital of Brazil is Brasília. The number of inhabitants is 210,147,125.

Brazil has Major Non-NATO Ally (MNNA) status with the United States. MNNA status provides military and economic privileges, but it does not entail any security obligations. The Brazilian military's inventory consists of a mix of domestically-produced and imported weapons, largely from Europe and the US. Brazil's defense industry is capable of designing and manufacturing equipment for all three military services

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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 61.7 billion $ 26.9 billion $
Percent of GDP: 4.3% 1.5%

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: 1,154,000 334,500
Reserve personnel: 2,000,000 1,340,000
Available for military: 34,765,736 53,350,703

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

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Tanks: 12,270 469
Armoured fighting vehicles: 26,831 1,769
Total artillery: 18,497 956
Self-propelled artillery: 6,532 212
Rocket artillery: 4,359 198

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Highest value in the world: 12,270 (Russia)
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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 5,552 749
Fighter aircraft: 792 47
Multirole aircraf: 832 0
Attack aircraft: 880 78
Helicopters: 1,724 249
UCAV (combat drone): 30 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: 662 108
Aircraftcarriers: 1 1
Destroyers: 16 0
Frigates: 11 8
Corvettes: 83 3
Submarines: 59 5

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Highest value in the world: 742 (China)
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Nuclear weapons

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.

Brazil

Does not have nuclear weapons.

Military 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.

Brazil

18-45 years of age for compulsory military service; conscript service obligation is 10-12 months; 17-45 years of age for voluntary service; an increasing percentage of the ranks are "long-service" volunteer professionals; women were allowed to serve in the armed forces beginning in early 1980s when the Brazilian Army became the first army in South America to accept women into career ranks; women serve in Navy and Air Force only in Women's Reserve Corps.