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Country: United Kingdom (GB) Turkey (TR)
Capital: London Ankara
Population: 65 110 000 79 814 871
Area: 242 495 km2 783 562 km2
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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 58,6 billion $ 18,2 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2% 2,2%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 156 940 685 862
Reserve personnel: 75 110 407 122
Available for military: 14 856 917 21 079 077

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 407 2 435
Armoured fighting vehicles: 4 673 7 947
Total artillery: 532 2 546
Self-propelled artillery: 117 1 087
Rocket artillery: 50 462

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 888 1 351
Fighter aircraft: 141 49
Multirole aircraf: 91 245
Attack aircraft: 0 0
Helicopters: 386 606

Total aircraft

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Navy

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Total naval: 76 145
Aircraftcarriers: 1 0
Destroyers: 6 0
Frigates: 13 16
Corvettes: 0 9
Submarines: 11 12

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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.

Turkey

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

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.

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.