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Country: United Kingdom (GB) Saudi Arabia (SA)
Capital: London Riyadh
Population: 67,886,004 34,218,169
Area: 242,495 km2 2,149,690 km2
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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 59.2 billion $ 57.5 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2.2% 8.4%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 196,140 505,000
Reserve personnel: 45,000 325,000
Available for military: 14,856,917 8,240,714

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 286 1,142
Armoured fighting vehicles: 4,644 9,096
Total artillery: 259 757
Self-propelled artillery: 89 474
Rocket artillery: 44 122

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 996 855
Fighter aircraft: 157 62
Multirole aircraf: 21 54
Attack aircraft: 0 168
Helicopters: 359 341
UCAV (combat drone): 9 0

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Navy

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Total naval: 74 27
Aircraftcarriers: 1 0
Destroyers: 6 0
Frigates: 12 7
Corvettes: 0 4
Submarines: 10 0

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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.

Saudi Arabia

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.

Saudi Arabia

17 is the legal minimum age for voluntary military service; no conscription.