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Pak Army 11th strongest, India stands on 5th: Credit Suisse Report


According to the recent report of Credit Suisse titled ‘The End of Globalization or a more Multipolar World’ Pakistan Army ranked at number 11th position in term of Military Strength Indicator.


United States Armed Forces are still the unchallenged armed forces of the world. U.S overall ranking is number 1 followed by Russia, China, Japan, and India. The others in the list of top 20 strongest military in the world are France (6), South Korea (7), Italy (8), UK (9), Turkey (10), Pakistan (11), Egypt (12), Taiwan (13), Israel (14), Australia (15), Thailand (16), Poland (17), Germany (18), Indonesia (19) and Canada (20).

Pakistan is at number 11 having final military strength score 0.41 that is 0.28 lower than 0.69 of India. Pakistan is only superior than India in attack helicopters having 0.48 as compare to the 0.19 of India. Total active army of Pakistan is 710,000.

Active personal score: India 0.90, Pakistan 0.71

Tanks score: India 0.81, Pakistan 0.62

Aircraft score: India 0.81, Pakistan 0.48

Attack Helicopters score: India 0.19, Pakistan 0.48

Aircraft carriers score: India 0.76, Pakistan 0.05

Submarines score: India 0.76, Pakistan 0.52

Final military strength score: India 0.69, Pakistan 0.41

Military strength indicator


Source: SIPRI, Global Firepower, Credit Suisse

In an obvious reference to India, the Pakistani Army chief, General Raheel Sharif, recently said the force is “fully capable” of dealing with any kind of threat” and that any “misadventure” would come at an “unbearable cost”.


“(The) armed forces of Pakistan are fully capable of dealing with all types of internal and external threats, may it be conventional or sub-conventional; whether it is cold start or hot start. We are ready,” Gen Sharif said at the Defence Day ceremony at the General Headquarters here to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1965 war with India.

According to Credit Suisse:

Determining the strength of modern militaries is no mean feat, especially when one considers the myriad capabilities under consideration. To give a sense of how major military powers relate to each other, we have created a weighted military strength index which identifies six key elements of modern warfare (only conventional war capabilities considered) for top-20 nations. Our analysis reveals the military superiority of the United States in conventional war capabilities compared to its close rivals. Its fleet of 13,900 aircraft, 920 attack helicopters, 20 aircraft carriers and 72 submarines far outweighs the military might of any of its close rivals and so does its defense spending worth USD 610 bn in 2014, which is far more than the combined military expenditures of the next nine countries in our index. In reality, in today’s nuclear era, conventional forces are not the only indicator of military strength. Russia and the United States account for more than 90% of global inventories of nuclear weapons according to data provided by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s (SIPRI) Yearbook 2015.

There are some data issues here that we should flag. We have only considered data for these 20 countries and this index highlights these countries’ relative military strength to each other. The absence of time series data prevents us from making historical and cross-country comparisons of the military capabilities of these nations. Also, Germany ranks considerably lower than might otherwise be expected by conventional wisdom due to its relatively smaller fleet of aircraft carriers and submarines – capabilities which command higher weights in our index.

Yellow bubbles indicate hurdles to globalization in the form of localized armed conflicts, growing debt (as a % of GDP) and/or marginal increases in trade barriers. Orange stands for more intense conflicts, heavy debt burden and/or constraining trade barriers. Red stands for major threat to globalization from severe military expansion, unsustainable debt positions and/or barriers to trade.

Source: Freedom House, Credit Suisse

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