A Latin proverb says that arms keep peace and rightfully so. When there is mutual concern about each other’s military capabilities, countries tend to resort to diplomatic measures more often. Some countries however, as we are about to find out, spend an awful amount of money on their military, be it on maintaining their current arsenal or developing new technologies.
Among them, ten countries stand out from the rest as having impressive armies, not necessarily due to their sheer size, but due to their force-projection capacity as well. Let us then take a look at the ten most powerful armies in the world today.
South Korea’s military budget stands at $34 billion. The constant threat from North Korea and China is undoubtedly a cause for alarm, which is why there are talks of increasing the military spending over the next few years. The army has 640,000 active personnel and 2,900,000 in the reserves. At the moment, South Korea has 2346 tanks and 1393 aircraft. The military is well trained and participates in military exercise with the United States on a regular basis, their air force being the sixth largest worldwide.