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Military power of Saudi Arabia & France

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Saudi Arabia vs France

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Country: Saudi Arabia (SA) France (FR)
Capital: Riyadh Paris
Population: 34 218 169 67 413 000
Area: 2 149 690 km2 640 679 km2
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Economy Comparison:

Military expenditures

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Military budget: 57,5 billion $ 52,7 billion $
Percent of GDP: 8,4% 2,1%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 505 000 270 000
Reserve personnel: 325 000 35 000
Available for military: 8 240 714 14 563 662

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 1 142 406
Armoured fighting vehicles: 9 096 6 352
Total artillery: 757 448
Self-propelled artillery: 474 330
Rocket artillery: 122 13

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 855 1 088
Fighter aircraft: 62 38
Multirole aircraf: 54 150
Attack aircraft: 168 89
Helicopters: 341 512
UCAV (combat drone): 0 12

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Navy

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Total naval: 27 109
Aircraftcarriers: 0 4
Destroyers: 0 10
Frigates: 7 11
Corvettes: 4 0
Submarines: 0 10

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Nuclear weapons

Saudi Arabia

Does not have nuclear weapons.

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

Saudi Arabia

17 is the legal minimum age for voluntary military service; no conscription.

France

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