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Military power of South Korea & France

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South Korea vs France

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Country: South Korea (KR) France (FR)
Capital: Seoul Paris
Population: 51 446 201 67 013 000
Area: 100 210 km2 640 679 km2
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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 36,8 billion $ 55,7 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2,7% 2,3%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 625 000 203 000
Reserve personnel: 3 100 000 68 000
Available for military: 13 185 794 14 563 662

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 2 446 406
Armoured fighting vehicles: 3 290 6 352
Total artillery: 5 958 448
Self-propelled artillery: 1 890 330
Rocket artillery: 214 13

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 1 526 1 076
Fighter aircraft: 151 38
Multirole aircraf: 265 150
Attack aircraft: 0 89
Helicopters: 786 512

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Navy

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Total naval: 151 109
Aircraftcarriers: 1 4
Destroyers: 12 10
Frigates: 13 11
Corvettes: 16 0
Submarines: 15 10

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Nuclear weapons

South Korea

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

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.

France

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