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South Korea vs European Union EU

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South Korea is a country located in Eastern Asia with an area of 100,210 km2 (land boundries: 237 km and costline 2,413 km). The capital of South Korea is Seoul. The number of inhabitants is 51,709,098.

US-South Korea Mutual Defense Treaty is a cornerstone of South Korea’s security. The Treaty gave the US permission to station land, air, and sea forces in the territory of South Korea. The USA maintained approximately 28,000 military personnel in the country. South Korea has been engaged with NATO through dialogue and security cooperation since 2005 and is considered by NATO to be a global partner. The South Korean military is equipped with a mix of domestically-produced and imported weapons systems. The top foreign weapons supplier is the United States and some domestically-produced systems are built under US license.

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The European Union (EU) is a political and economic union countries that are located in Europe with an area of 4,233,255 km2 The capital of Ukraine is Brussels. The number of inhabitants estimated is about 447 million. Members of EU: Germany, Latvia, France, Lithuania, Estonia, Portugal, Belgium, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Sweden, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Hungary, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.

The European Union were not devised as a military alliance because most of the members are in the North Atlantic Alliance. Since the withdrawal of the UK, France is the only member recognised as a nuclear weapon state. Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium participate in NATO nuclear sharing.

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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 45.5 billion $ 212.2 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2.7% 0%

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: 555,000 1,204,489
Reserve personnel: 2,750,000 1,997,100
Available for military: 13,185,794 92,594,951

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

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Tanks: 2,606 4,303
Armoured fighting vehicles: 4,380 29,738
Total artillery: 7,468 6,041
Self-propelled artillery: 3,040 1,848
Rocket artillery: 574 667

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: 1,585 5,415
Fighter aircraft: 156 453
Multirole aircraft: 371 874
Attack aircraft: 0 162
Helicopters: 757 2,454
UCAV (combat drone): 0 36

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: 195 1,306
Aircraftcarriers: 2 7
Destroyers: 12 19
Frigates: 18 69
Corvettes: 11 23
Submarines: 22 48

Total naval

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

South Korea

Does not have nuclear weapons.

European Union EU

Data not available

Military service

South Korea

20-30 years of age for compulsory military service, with middle school education required; minimum conscript service obligation - 21 months (Army, Marines), 23 months (Navy), 24 months (Air Force); 18-26 years of age for voluntary military service; women, in service since 1950, admitted to 7 service branches, including infantry, but excluded from artillery, armor, anti-air, and chaplaincy corps; HIV-positive individuals are exempt from military service.

European Union EU

Data not available