Ghana has emerged the 107th based on military strength for the year 2018.
This follows a detailed report from Global FirePower (GFP) which ranked of various countries in the world and their military strength.
The report titled, Global Firepower’s 2018 Military Strength Ranking used more than 55 factors to determine the position of every nation.
According to data from Global FirePower (GFP), Ghana’s total population of 27,499,924 has 13,500 active personnel and a total aircraft strength of 24 (comprising 14 helicopters) and it operates a defence budget of $120 million.
In July 2018, the GFP similarly ranked Ghana108th among 136 countries.
This therefore implies that the country has pushed a step ahead of its previous rank in military strength.
Criteria for the ranking
The ranking focuses on the diversity of weapons in a country’s arsenal rather than the total number of weapons available.
The ranking also takes into account available manpower, geography, logistical capacity, available natural resources, and the status of local industry.
It did not penalise landlocked nations for lacking a standing navy; however, naval powers were penalised for a lack of diversity in available assets.
The ranking also considered a nation’s financial stability/health while NATO allies received bonus points for the sharing of war-making resources.
Current political/military leadership was not taken into account.
Algeria – 23rd
South Africa – 33rd
Nigeria – 43rd
Angola – 48th
Ethiopia – 51st
Morocco – 55th
Sudan – 70th
Libya – 74th
Tunisia – 77th
Zimbabwe – 81st
Zambia – 83rd
Kenya – 85th
Uganda – 93rd
Tanzania – 98th
South Sudan – 99th
Ghana – 107th
Niger – 109th
Mozambique – 111th
Mali – 114th
Ivory Coast – 119th
Republic of Congo -120th
Madagascar – 123rd
Gabon – 126th
Namibia – 127th
Mauritania – 129th
Central African Republic – 130th
Sierra Leone – 133rd
Liberia – 135th
The GFP ranked the United States as the strongest army in the world, followed by Russia, China, India and France respectively.
1. United States
Power Index rating: 0.0818 (NATO member)
Total population: 326,625,791
Total military personnel: 2,083,100
Total aircraft: 13,362
Fighter aircraft: 1,962
Combat tanks: 5,884
Total naval assets: 415 (20 aircraft carriers)
Defense budget: $647 billion
Power Index rating: 0.0841
Total population: 142,257,519
Total military personnel: 3,586,128
Total aircraft strength: 3,914
Fighter aircraft: 818
Combat tanks: 20,300ghsn
Total naval assets: 352 (one aircraft carrier out of service indefinitely)
Defense budget: $47 billion
Power Index rating: 0.0852
Total population: 1,379,302,771
Total military personnel: 2,693,000
Total aircraft strength: 3,035
Fighter aircraft: 1,125
Combat tanks: 7,716
Total naval assets: 714 (one aircraft carrier)
Defense budget: $151 billion
Power Index rating: 0.1417
Total population: 1,281,935,911
Total military personnel: 4,207,250
Total aircraft strength: 2,185
Fighter aircraft: 590
Combat tanks: 4,426
Total naval assets: 295 (one aircraft carrier)
Defense budget: $47 billion
Power Index rating: 0.1869 (NATO member)
Total population: 67,106,161
Total military personnel: 388,635
Total aircraft strength: 1,262
Fighter aircraft 299
Combat tanks: 406
Total naval assets: 118 (four aircraft carriers)
Defense budget: $40 billion
The top ten nations was completed by the United Kingdom (6th), South Korea (7th), Japan (8th), Turkey (9th) and Germany (10th).