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Africa’s 2020 military power ranking (GFP)

Friday, 07 February 2020 12:44
Africa’s 2020 military power ranking (GFP)

(Ecofin Agency) - Global Fire Power (GFP) has unveiled its 2020 Global Power index which ranks countries in the world based on their military forces. This year’s ranking assessed 138 nations, including 24 from Africa.

GFP based its rating on five criteria namely, the number of serving military members, the naval force, fuel availability for military operations, the number of jet fighters, the defense budget, and logistics flexibility.

Egypt remains atop the list in Africa with a power index score of 0.1872, thanks to an estimated military strength of 920,000 soldiers and 11,700 armored vehicles. The country is the only one from Africa in the world’s top 10, ranking 9th.

Algeria comes second with a score of 0.4659, thanks to 2,000 armored vehicles and 316 rocket and missile launchers. South Africa is 3rd scoring 0.4985 with 2,000 armored vehicles and 81,300 serving soldiers. Nigeria follows with a score of 0.6485 (120,000 military personnel and 1,789 armored vehicles). Angola closes the Top 5 scoring 0.8379 with 115 rocket and missile launchers and 126 military helicopters. Morocco, Ethiopia, DR Congo, Sudan, and Libya, follow respectively to form the Top10.

The perfect power index score, according to GFP, is 0.0000, meaning the farther a country is from this score, the lower it ranks. Let’s note the ranking does not take nuclear power into account and does not penalize landlocked countries that have no naval forces.

The world’s top 5 military powers is still dominated by the USA, followed by Russia, China, India, and Japan, which replaces France in the list.
 

African ranking

Countries

World ranking

1

Egypt

9

2

Algeria

28

3

South Africa

29

4

Nigeria

42

5

Angola

56

6

Morocco

57

7

Ethiopia

60

8

DR Congo

71

9

Sudan

76

10

Libya

80

11

Tunisia

81

12

Kenya

84

13

Uganda

86

14

Chad

87

15

Zambia

88

16

Zimbabwe

91

17

Mali

96

18

Burkina Faso

97

19

Cameroon

101

20

Niger

103

21

Côte d’Ivoire

104

22

Ghana

106

23

Botswana

108

24

Tanzania

109

25

Mozambique

116

26

South Sudan

117

27

Congo

121

28

Mauritania

124

29

Madagascar

125

30

Namibia

128

31

Central African Republic

129

32

Gabon

130

33

Sierra Leone

134

34

Somalia

136

35

Liberia

137


 
André Chadrak

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