The Global Firepower (GFP) index, an analytical display of data concerning today’s world military powers places Ethiopia 40th on their global rankings and third in Africa following Egypt and Algeria.
The GFP measures countries’ military strength and assigns a power index number in order to compare them to other countries. Many factors are taken into consideration, and smaller countries can compete with larger ones due to points given for refinement and technological advancement.
The index places over 100 world military powers on its list which allows for a broad spectrum of comparisons regarding relative military strength. It states that nuclear capabilities are not taken into account as that would defeat the purpose of such comparisons. The GFP ranking is based strictly on each nation’s potential conventional war making capabilities across land, sea and air.
The final ranking also incorporates value related resources, finances and geography. Some statistics have been estimated where official numbers are not publicly available.
The index states that going beyond military equipment totals and perceived fighting strength is the actual manpower which drives a given military. Accordingly, Ethiopia’s military is made up of an army and an air force, the nation has the third strongest military on the African continent as a result of both its large population and its long independence from colonisation. Last year the Ethiopian military had developed its first drone (unmanned aerial vehicle); a military technology most often associated with the United States. The country’s active involvement in international peacekeeping efforts in various conflicts all over the continent has also honed their defense force.
The index also states that Ethiopia’s available force is said to be 38.5 million with an active frontline personal of 182,500.
Ethiopia has 560 tanks, 780 Armored Fighting Vehicles, 195 Self-Propelled Guns and 183 Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems. The index states that the country’s defense budget is 340 million USD.
Looking at other African nations the index puts Egypt in 13th place. It stated that despite the country’s recent internal struggles, it still fields one of the largest fighting forces in the world.
Algeria sits 33rd, and the index says, the country’s military which was founded in 1954 is a relatively modern force showcasing land, sea and air forces.
South Africa and Nigeria, the two largest economies in Africa, are placed at 41st and 47th respectively.
The top ten spots belong to the United States, Russia, China, India, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Turkey, South Korea and Japan in that order