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Ukraine vs Iran

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Ukraine is a country located in Eastern Europe with an area of 603,500 km2 (land boundries: 5,581 km and costline 2,782 km). The capital of Ukraine is Kiev. The number of inhabitants is 41,487,960.

During the 2008 Bucharest summit, NATO declared that Ukraine would eventually become a member of NATO when it meets the criteria for accession. In February 2022, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The Ukrainian military is equipped mostly with older Russian and Soviet-era weapons systems. Ukraine has a broad defense industry capable of building Soviet-era land systems and maintaining and upgrading Soviet-era combat aircraft, as well as missile and air defense systems.

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Iran is a country located in Middle East with an area of 1,648,195 km2 (land boundries: 5,894 km and costline 2,440 km - note: Iran also borders the Caspian Sea (740 km)). The capital of Iran is Tehran. The number of inhabitants is 83,183,741.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was formed in May 1979. The IRGC was a highly institutionalized and parallel military force to Iran’s regular armed forces. The Iranian military's inventory includes a mix of domestically-produced and mostly older foreign equipment largely of Chinese, Russian, Soviet, and US origin. Iran has a defense industry with the capacity to develop, produce, support, and sustain air, land, missile, and naval weapons programs.

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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 5.4 billion $ 17.4 billion $
Percent of GDP: 3% 3.8%

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: 255,000 610,000
Reserve personnel: 1,000,000 350,000
Available for military: 11,149,646 23,619,215

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

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Tanks: 2,105 2,842
Armoured fighting vehicles: 6,990 3,555
Total artillery: 3,721 4,873
Self-propelled artillery: 1,047 1,030
Rocket artillery: 630 1,755

Tanks

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Highest value in the world: 12,270 (Russia)
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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 326 973
Fighter aircraft: 70 112
Multirole aircraf: 0 75
Attack aircraft: 29 23
Helicopters: 129 519
UCAV (combat drone): 12 83

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Highest value in the world: 12,930 (USA)
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Navy

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Total naval: 63 272
Aircraftcarriers: 0 0
Destroyers: 0 0
Frigates: 1 6
Corvettes: 0 3
Submarines: 0 19

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Highest value in the world: 742 (China)
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Nuclear weapons

Ukraine

Although Ukraine has never produced its own nuclear weapon to this day, we should bear in mind that back in the days, Ukraine possessed approximately 5,000 nuclear weapons. This is all due to the fact that before 1991, Ukraine was a part of the Soviet Union. However, as a consequence of its dissolution, all the countries that were satellites or were forcefully attached to Soviet Union, received number of warheads. They were once the property of the Soviet Union. Nevertheless, after Ukraine became independent, they received everything that was the part of the USSR, even nuclear warheads. As a result of that, Ukraine became the third largest holder of nuclear weapons in the world.

Ukraine decided to get rid of these weapons quite quickly. Three years later, in 1994 that is, they joined Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. In 1996, all the warheads were moved and disassembled in Russia.

Iran

Does not have nuclear weapons.

Military service

Ukraine

18-27 years of age for compulsory military service; conscript service obligation is 18 months

Iran

18 years of age for compulsory military service; 16 years of age for volunteers; 17 years of age for Law Enforcement Forces; 15 years of age for Basij Forces (Popular Mobilization Army); conscript military service obligation is 18 months; women exempt from military service.