Compare armed forces

Military power of United Kingdom & Poland

United Kingdom flag svg Poland flag svg

United Kingdom vs Poland

Show map
United Kingdom Poland
Map of the world.
Country: United Kingdom (GB) Poland (PL)
Capital: London Warsaw
Population: 67,886,004 38,268,000
Area: 242,495 km2 312,679 km2
More: United Kingdom military forces description Poland military forces description
Economy Comparison:

Military expenditures

small flag GB GB small flag PL PL
Military budget: 59.2 billion $ 13 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2.2% 2.1%

Military budget

small flag GB

(USA)

small flag PL

(USA)

More

Manpower

small flag GB GB small flag PL PL
Active personnel: 196,140 140,000
Reserve personnel: 45,000 515,000
Available for military: 14,856,917 10,500,000

Active

small flag GB

(China)

small flag PL

(China)

More

Land Forces

small flag GB GB small flag PL PL
Tanks: 286 1,009
Armoured fighting vehicles: 4,644 2,573
Total artillery: 259 729
Self-propelled artillery: 89 477
Rocket artillery: 44 180

Tanks

tank svg
More

Air Forces

small flag GB GB small flag PL PL
Total aircraft: 996 416
Fighter aircraft: 157 30
Multirole aircraf: 21 48
Attack aircraft: 0 32
Helicopters: 359 182
UCAV (combat drone): 9 0

Total aircraft

airplane svg
small flag

(USA)

small flag

(USA)

More

Navy

small flag GB GB small flag PL PL
Total naval: 74 46
Aircraftcarriers: 1 0
Destroyers: 6 0
Frigates: 12 2
Corvettes: 0 1
Submarines: 10 3

Total naval

ship svg
small flag

(China)

small flag

(China)

More

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.

Poland

Does not have nuclear weapons.

Military service

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.

Poland

18-28 years of age for male and female voluntary military service; conscription phased out in 2009-12; service obligation shortened from 12 to 9 months in 2005; women only allowed to serve as officers and noncommissioned officers.