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Global Fire Power unveils the 2019 African power index

Tuesday, 02 April 2019 18:45
Global Fire Power unveils the 2019 African power index

(Ecofin Agency) - Global Fire Power (GFP) recently published its 2019 index of powerful militaries in Africa. This year, 34 African countries were assessed to determine powerful militaries.

As was the case in 2018, Egypt has the most powerful military in the continent and the twelfth globally (out of 137 countries) with a score of 0.2283. With more than 211 jet fighters, Egypt is the ninth world’s air power.

It is followed by Algeria that went from the 23rd  to the 27th in the world but is still the second most powerful military in Africa with a score of  0.4551.

South Africa (0.5405 points), Nigeria (0.7007 points) and Ethiopia (0.7361 points) are respectively ranked 3rd (32nd globally), 4th (44th globally) and 5th (47th globally) in Africa.

The African top5 is immediately followed by Angola (6th in Africa and 58th in the world) that lost its 2018 place to Ethiopia but is ahead of Morocco with a score of 0.8154.

Morocco has the 7th military power in Africa (61st in the world) with a score of 0.8244. It is followed by Sudan (with a score of 1.0051), the DRC (a score of 1.0631) and Libya (a score of 1.2349).

Let’s note that the global firepower ranking is based on five criteria namely, the number of serving military members, the naval force, fuel availability for military operations, the number of jet fighters, the defence budget and logistics flexibility.

According to this "power index", the perfect score should be 0.0000 which is, in fact, impossible to attain. The farther a country is from this score, the lower it is in the index. The index does not take nuclear power into account and does not penalize landlocked countries that have no naval powers.

Let’s note that many countries made significant progress. For instance, Côte d’Ivoire, the 21st military power in Africa jumped to the 104th place in the world (119th in 2018) while Mali (18th in Africa) slashed the 99th place. The world top5 are the USA, Russia, China, India and France.

Moutiou Adjibi Nourou

 

2019 African power index according to the Global Fire Power

African ranking

Countries

World ranking

1.                   

Egypt

12

2.                   

Algeria

27

3.                   

South Africa

32

4.                   

Nigeria

44

5.                   

Ethiopia

47

6.                   

Angola

58

7.                   

Morocco

61

8.                   

Sudan

69

9.                   

 DR Congo

72

10.               

Libya

77

11.               

Zambia

78

12.               

Tunisia

80

13.               

Zimbabwe

83

14.               

Kenya

86

15.               

Uganda

93

16.               

Chad

95

17.               

Tanzania

97

18.               

Mali

99

19.               

Botswana

100

20.               

Cameroon

102

21.               

Côte d’Ivoire

104

22.               

Ghana

108

23.               

Mozambique

109

24.               

South Sudan

113

25.               

Niger

116

26.               

Republic of Congo

122

27.               

Madagascar

124

28.               

Namibia

126

29.               

Gabon

128

30.               

Mauritania

129

31.               

Somalia

130

32.               

Republic of Central Africa

132

33.               

Sierra Leone

134

34.               

Liberia

136

 

 
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