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Turkey vs United Kingdom

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Country: Turkey (TR) United Kingdom (GB)
Capital: Ankara London
Population: 83,614,362 67,886,004
Area: 783,562 km2 242,495 km2
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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 21.9 billion $ 59.2 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2.9% 2.2%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 355,200 196,140
Reserve personnel: 378,700 45,000
Available for military: 21,079,077 14,856,917

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 2,435 286
Armoured fighting vehicles: 7,947 4,644
Total artillery: 2,546 259
Self-propelled artillery: 1,087 89
Rocket artillery: 462 44

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 1,547 996
Fighter aircraft: 49 157
Multirole aircraf: 245 21
Attack aircraft: 0 0
Helicopters: 606 359
UCAV (combat drone): 186 9

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Navy

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Total naval: 145 74
Aircraftcarriers: 0 1
Destroyers: 0 6
Frigates: 16 12
Corvettes: 9 0
Submarines: 12 10

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Nuclear weapons

Turkey

Turkey participates in the NATO nuclear weapons sharing arrangements and trains for delivering United States nuclear warheads.

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

Turkey

21-41 years of age for male compulsory military service; 18 years of age for voluntary service; 12 months conscript obligation for non-university graduates, 6-12 months for university graduates (graduates of higher education may perform 6 months of military service as short-term privates, or 12 months as reserve officers); conscripts are called to register at age 20, for service at 21; women serve in the Turkish Armed Forces only as officers; reserve obligation to age 41; Turkish citizens with a residence or work permit who have worked abroad for at least 3 years (1095 days) can be exempt from military service in exchange for 6,000 EUR or its equivalent in foreign currencies; a law passed in December 2014 introduced a one-time payment scheme which exempted Turkish citizens 27 and older from conscription in exchange for a payment of $8,150.

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.