In modern history, the most powerful countries rarely have talked so much about peace while they are spending so much money in war equipment. Year by year, and now more than ever before, world powers buy the most sophisticated military devices for their armies. And not only because it is one of the most profitable businesses in the world, with figures of hundreds of billions, but also because geopolitical interests have reached a very dangerous point. It's a conflict that threatens to become one armed at every moment. The big players in this deaf confrontation are the US, Russia and China.
Russia has 766,000 soldiers and 2.485.000 million reservists
The second country in the world after the United States in terms of military capability is old and current rival of the Americans: Russia.
After years of confusion and after the collapse of the communist camp, Russia began slowly to regain power. The Kremlin leader announces investment of almost 700 billion dollars for military modernization by 2020. With this new investment package, Moscow aims to modernize its military forces by 70 percent by the end of this decade. In addition, throughout this period, the Russian army would be equipped with 800 new planes, 1,200 helicopters, 40 submarines, 60 frigates and corvettes, at least 20 destroyers and, not least, six aircraft carriers.
US military budget is around 600 billion dollars.
United States have by far the most military power in the world. It is on the first place in almost every chapter of budget, equipment, experience, spread in the world. US defense budget is approximately 600 billion dollars per year, of which almost 100 billion are allocated to external operations. .
Moreover, the United States military presence is in approximately 150 countries. America has nearly 14,000 aircraft. The US Navy has about 500 ships, including 20 aircraft carriers, 60 destroyers, 10 frigates, and at least 70 submarines. United States can count on about 1.4 million active troops and reservists. United States holds more than 2,000 active nuclear warheads and almost 5,000 other reserves.
China wants to exceed the United States in 20 years
Relative to its population size, China has the largest army in the world, with 2.3 million active troops and as many as troops in reserve. And, despite the fact that the army is mandatory for the Chinese, the state was not forced to impose the rule due to the large number of volunteers.
With nearly 9,000 tanks and nearly 5,000 thousand armored vehicles, China is one of the best equipped ground armies in the world . Furthermore, China is the fourth nuclear power of the world after Russia, the US and France. According to the latest data it holds about 260 nuclear warheads. According to a study by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, at the current pace of its military development, China would overtake the US military capability over the next 15-20 years.