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Taiwan vs United Kingdom

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Country: Taiwan (TW) United Kingdom (GB)
Capital: Taipei London
Population: 23 519 518 65 110 000
Area: 36 193 km2 242 495 km2
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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 10,5 billion $ 58,6 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2,5% 2%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 290 000 156 940
Reserve personnel: 2 800 000 75 110
Available for military: 5 883 828 14 856 917

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 1 280 407
Armoured fighting vehicles: 2 050 4 673
Total artillery: 1 785 532
Self-propelled artillery: 510 117
Rocket artillery: 115 50

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 787 888
Fighter aircraft: 125 141
Multirole aircraf: 190 91
Attack aircraft: 0 0
Helicopters: 250 386

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Navy

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Total naval: 67 76
Aircraftcarriers: 0 1
Destroyers: 4 6
Frigates: 20 13
Corvettes: 0 0
Submarines: 4 11

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Nuclear weapons

Taiwan

Does not have nuclear weapons.

United Kingdom

Third out of fifth nuclear-weapon states that are under the NPT, the treaty of the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The first successful test in the nuclear history of Great Britain occurred in October 1952, three years after Russia’s first successful attempt. “Hurricane”, which was the codename for the test assumed the use of 3 megaton bomb, which was dropped in Australia. The UK itself did not have many tests after that. Comparing to a thousand and hundreds of tests by Americans and Russians, the Brits made only 45 tests of nuclear arsenal.

We should remember about the fact that United Kingdom was in a strict cooperation with United States at the very beginning. It means that we cannot forget about the tremendous help the Americans received from the British government and men of science while developing their first nuclear bomb. Unfortunately, all the data that USA could not be sent back to the UK, since the cooperation has ended prematurely. This was one of the reasons why UK developed their first nuclear weapon so late. At this moment, they possess 215 warheads in total, out of which 120 is deployed and completely operational.

Military service

Taiwan

Males 18-36 years of age may volunteer for military service or must complete 4 months of compulsory military training (or substitute civil service in some cases); women may enlist; women in Air Force service are restricted to noncombat roles; for men born before December 1993, compulsory service (military or civil) is 1 year; for 8 years after discharge, men are subject to training recall four times for periods not to exceed 20 days.

United Kingdom

16-33 years of age (officers 17-28) for voluntary military service (with parental consent under 18); no conscription; women serve in military services, but are excluded from ground combat positions and some naval postings; must be citizen of the UK, Commonwealth, or Republic of Ireland; reservists serve a minimum of 3 years, to age 45 or 55; 17 years 6 months of age for voluntary military service by Nepalese citizens in the Brigade of Gurkhas; 16-34 years of age for voluntary military service by Papua New Guinean citizens.