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Saudi Arabia is a country located in Middle East with an area of 2,149,690 km2 (land boundries: 4,272 km and costline 2,640 km). The capital of Saudi Arabia is Riyadh. The number of inhabitants is 34,218,169.

Saudi-led coalition of Arab states invaded Yemen in 2015. The inventory of the Saudi military forces, including the SANG, includes a mix of mostly modern weapons systems from the US and Europe. The United States is the leading supplier of armaments. In 2021 Saudi Arabia was the world's largest arms importer.

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Israel is a country located in Middle East with an area of 20,770 km2 (land boundries: 1,068 km and costline 273 km). The capital of Israel is Jerusalem but it is internationally unrecognized. The number of inhabitants is 9,353,610.

Israel has Major Non-NATO Ally (MNNA) status with the US. The majority of the IDF's inventory is comprised of weapons that are domestically-produced or imported from Europe and the United States. Israel has a broad defense industrial base that can develop, produce, support, and sustain a wide variety of weapons systems.

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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 75 billion $ 24 billion $
Percent of GDP: 7% 5.2%

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: 480,000 169,500
Reserve personnel: 325,000 465,000
Available for military: 8,240,714 1,797,960

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

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Tanks: 1,275 1,650
Armoured fighting vehicles: 6,347 6,135
Total artillery: 2,580 1,000
Self-propelled artillery: 510 650
Rocket artillery: 252 48

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: 1,407 618
Fighter aircraft: 141 41
Multirole aircraft: 72 230
Attack aircraft: 151 0
Helicopters: 491 128
UCAV (combat drone): 0 15

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: 34 74
Aircraftcarriers: 0 0
Destroyers: 0 0
Frigates: 11 0
Corvettes: 9 7
Submarines: 0 6

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

Saudi Arabia

Does not have nuclear weapons.

Israel

Although not certain, there is a rumour that Israel was the sixth country in the world that managed to research and develop their own nuclear arsenal. However, they did not confirm that fact. Still, a lot of sources claim that they managed to prepare fully working nuclear warheads in 1966. In spite of such early dates, Israel has not joined the NPT. Up to this day, they do not confirm nor deny the possibility of having nuclear arsenal. As a result of that, Israel is said to apply quite effective, yet affordable deterring policy.

According to many organizations, the estimated numbers of nuclear weapons that Israel possesses varies from 80 up to even 200 ready to be launched nuclear weapons. What is more, there are also rumours that Israel managed to prepare special missiles that can be operational from submarines.

Military service

Saudi Arabia

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

Israel

18 years of age for compulsory (Jews, Druzes) military service; 17 years of age for voluntary (Christians, Muslims, Circassians) military service; both sexes are obligated to military service; conscript service obligation - 36 months for enlisted men, 21 months for enlisted women, 48 months for officers; pilots commit to 9 years service; reserve obligation to age 41-51 (men), 24 (women).