Comprehensive European continent as a whole reached 10.18 million square kilometers. 46 independent countries exist in this mainland Eurasia (Europe) to become the strongest military in Europe. After World War 2 through the Cold War, Europe was divided into two political and economic bloc. Communist countries exist in Eastern Europe (East Block), while the Capitalist countries are in Western Europe. In 1989, the Eastern bloc crumbled when by the collapse of Berlin Wall.
The geographical position of Russia that is in the Eastern European countries automatically put on the list of military power in Europe. In the map of European military powers, only Russia and Poland, two countries from Eastern Europe included in the list of 8 of the European countries with the strongest military.
The data below is a predicted number of combat power 8 countries in Continental Europe in 2017. This is the 8th Military Strongest in Europe, compiled by warzone123.com:
If Turkey were in two geographical positions, Europe and Asia, then Russia too. Russian soil lies partly in Europe (East) and also in Asia (Northern). It was an advantage for Russia. Red Bear country, Russia, is the largest country in the world. Its territory covers an eighth of the Earth’s land area, population density and population number 9 in the world.
Strategic geographical location, the number of active personnel are numerous and well-trained, as well as upgrade weaponry on edge, creating the Russian military as the strongest in Europe and Asia-Pacific, as well as one of the best in the world. Beyond that, the key to the military power of Russia is on the availability of nuclear weapons, which can only be rivaled by the United States (US).
A study reveals, with a fighting force that possessed by Russia at this time, if they would, then in just 3 days, the Russian military will occupy the three countries in the Baltic region, members of NATO at the eastern border of Europe (Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia), without significant resistance. Even if the US strengthen the region by adding troops and heavy artillery such as tanks, then the costs are quite fantastic to measure the concentration of the border a year, which is about 2.7 billion US dollars.
In the world war 3 power list, Russia perched in 2nd place in the World’s Strongest Military 7, the position of unity to the 10 Military Strongest in Asia-Pacific, and in first place in 8 Military Strongest in Europe.
Total Population: 163,787,339
Square Land Area: 17,075,200 (KM)
Active Frontline Personnel: 880,963
Active Reserve Personnel: 2,857,750
Military Budget: US$ 53,590,000,000
Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs): 35,993
Self-Propelled Gunn (SPGs): 6,868
Towed Artillery: 5,319
Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs): 4,362
Total Aircraft: 4,079
Fixed-Wing Attack Aircraft: 1,654
Transport Aircraft: 1,293
Trainer Aircraft: 426
Attack Helicopters: 550
Total Naval Strength: 151
Aircraft Carriers: 3
Coastal Defense Craft: 7
Mine Warfare: 31
It is rare for French military forces do a parade in front of the world public. However, do not underestimate the French military! Although statistically this Napoleon Bonaparte country was defeated bit of English, it turns out the French military is the strongest in Western Europe.
France has its own weapons industry. His war weaponry, including nuclear weapons, manufacturers in the France. And that’s why the French add its combat engine numbers significantly from year to year.
As well as the British military or the United Kingdom, the French military was quite tough in the ocean. It was marked by the existence of the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle who had been guarding the northwest region of France since 2001. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier was able to park 40 fighter jets and helicopters, such as two fighter jets: Dassault-Breguet Super Étendard and Dassault Rafale M, as well as two types of mainstay helicopter: helicopter EC725 Caracal and AS532 Cougar.
France has its own production submarine capable of carrying ballistic missiles. The country also has a nuclear deterrent based air and ground using the French language by designing the Mirage 2000N bombers and missiles ASMP.
If the German Armed Forces rely upon Main Battle Tank Leopard II, main battle tanks France uses its LeClerc, which is no less powerful.
Total Population: 76,536,831
Square Land Area: 643,427 (KM)
Active Frontline Personnel: 235,750
Active Reserve Personnel: 225,136
Military Budget: US$ 40,250,000,000
Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs): 7,892
Self-Propelled Gunn (SPGs): 374
Towed Artillery: 268
Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs): 51
Total Aircraft: 1,474
Fixed-Wing Attack Aircraft: 327
Transport Aircraft: 761
Trainer Aircraft: 308
Attack Helicopters: 55
Total Naval Strength: 136
Aircraft Carriers: 5
Coastal Defense Craft: 23
Mine Warfare: 21
3. United Kingdom
United Kingdom Military (UK) or the Great Britain is the second largest in Western Europe after France. United Kingdom of Great Britain (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) is an ally (immortal) closest US.
In open war, almost impossible, the US did not support the UK. Vice versa. Allied UK who are members of NATO (especially France and Germany) was certainly not going to let UK fight alone in any event of a war involving the UK.
Although the present British military is not as tough as British Empire in the late 16th century ago, of which about a quarter of the total area of the earth into a colony at the time, the United Kingdom combat troops power now is obviously strong.
UK Royal Air Force fighter aircraft have about 200, about 100 over the air superiority fighter jets, such as Typhoon and Tornado 100. Air Force United Kingdom is reinforced with fighter jet F-35B Joint Strike Fighter.
In ground battles, the UK relying on its own production main battle tanks, Challenger 2.
Total Population: 73,701,455
Square Land Area: 263,287 (KM)
Active Frontline Personnel: 172,500
Active Reserve Personnel: 209,300
Military Budget: US$ 63,250,000,000
Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs): 6,840
Self-Propelled Gunn (SPGs): 102
Towed Artillery: 159
Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs): 48
Total Aircraft: 1,011
Fixed-Wing Attack Aircraft: 193
Transport Aircraft: 388
Trainer Aircraft: 380
Attack Helicopters: 56
Total Naval Strength: 87
Aircraft Carriers: 1
Coastal Defense Craft: 21
Mine Warfare: 17
Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces) has 12 combat divisions. Hundreds of its fighters strengthen the Luftwaffe (German Air Force). German Navy (Bundesmarine), also formidable – reinforced with a number of surface ships, submarines, and maritime aircraft.
However, nearly 30 years since the unification of Germany in 1990, many people assuming the current German military was dying. Dying, because of a number of prestigious projects that had been going since the 1980s, such as Jet Eurofighter Typhoon, Tornado fighter jets, Main Battle Tank (MBT) Leopard II, Rifle Attack HK417, and the establishment of 9 Battalion Panzergrenadier 371 – faced with fundamental problems. Not because incompetent creating advanced combat technology, but because of funding issues – for purposes of development, maintenance and availability of spare parts. Not surprisingly, if a fighting machine was reportedly grounded and reduced the amount of production – MBT Leopard II (Leopard IIA7), did not a translucent figure of 300 units in the ranks of the German land defense to this day. Even so, the latest news, the German military is now trying to develop (MBT) Leopard III.
Imagine, even still entangled in its condition, the German military is still rated as one of the best in Europe, even the world. Moreover, if the Germans managed to get out of their fundamental problem. Very likely, the German military will experience a leap of strength.
To be sure, the German military personnel will be increased significantly in the past seven years. Currently, at least 7,000 personnel and 4,400 civilian staff of the armed forces will be recruited by German military – the recruitment of new personnel plans that have been initiated since May 2016. The reason for the addition of thousands of troops to perform a variety of missions, including refugee rescue missions at sea, supporting coalition operations US combat against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, as well as operations against Islamist militants in Mali.
So once again, in spite of the problems mentioned above, Germany is now being pulled to enlarge its military force posture.
Total Population: 92,982,569
Square Land Area: 357,021 (KM)
Active Frontline Personnel: 207,000
Active Reserve Personnel: 166,750
Military Budget: US$ 41,745,000.000
Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs): 6,749
Self-Propelled Gunn (SPGs): 177
Towed Artillery: 0
Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs): 58
Total Aircraft: 774
Fixed-Wing Attack Aircraft: 194
Transport Aircraft: 397
Trainer Aircraft: 59
Attack Helicopters: 51
Total Naval Strength: 93
Aircraft Carriers: 0
Coastal Defense Craft: 5
Mine Warfare: 17
Increased military spending of Italia is growing significantly since 2008. The addition of personnel in its 3 armed forces rose dramatically from that year until now.
Italian land defense, in addition to Dardo infantry fighting vehicles, tank destroyer Centauro, Ariete tank, and MBT Leopard, more than a hundred nuclear weapons the US was in Ghedi and Aviano Air Base, Italy – as part of a NATO member.
Italian army strengthened by almost one thousand fighters, which consists of hundreds of jet fighters (eg Eurofighter Typhoon, F-16A Block, F-16B Block, etc.), and more than 200 aircraft assault.
Italian Navy aircraft carrier has a large (Cavour), destroyers, submarines and multipurpose frigates.
Two combat experience in the Great War: World War 1 and 2, makes the Italy military as one of the powerful militaries in Europe and even the world.
The problem is, if World War 3 broke out, then where is Italy will side? This question is justified because since the last World War 1 and World War 2, Italy was always so quick to change side, Italy became the most pragmatic among the military of other countries.
Total Population: 71,133.388
Square Land Area: 301,230 (KM)
Active Frontline Personnel: 368,000
Active Reserve Personnel: 48,300
Military Budget: US$ 39,100,000,000
Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs): 8,018
Self-Propelled Gunn (SPGs): 189
Towed Artillery: 106
Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs): 24
Total Aircraft: 903
Fixed-Wing Attack Aircraft: 213
Transport Aircraft: 488
Trainer Aircraft: 178
Attack Helicopters: 68
Total Naval Strength: 164
Aircraft Carriers: 2
Coastal Defense Craft: 12
Mine Warfare: 12
After the Cold War ended (1991), a number of member countries of the Eastern Bloc, leader of the Soviet Union (Russia), turned joining NATO, the US-led. Among these countries, the Polish one – the collapse of communist ideology in Poland in 1990, reinforced the proximity to NATO.
Now, Poland seriously strengthens the military by adding 53,000 soldiers to confront the threat of Russian aggression, as happened in Ukraine.
The latest news (January 10, 2017), the US eventually strengthened the main headquarters of NATO and the Polish air base, in the Southwest of the country. US forces carry around 2,800 units of tanks and other military equipment. NATO troop deployments in large enough quantities near the western border of Russia that was part of an operation codenamed “Atlantic Resolve”. Placement of US soldiers complete with artillery was the biggest since the Cold War era. It shows US serious support to their allies in Eastern Europe.
Under these conditions, then there can be no doubt that Poland has become one of the military forces in Europe (Eastern) that should not be underestimated by Russia.
Total Population: 44,346,517
Square Land Area: 312,685 (KM)
Active Frontline Personnel: 138,000
Active Reserve Personnel: 592,250
Military Budget: US$ 10,764,000,000
Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs): 2,999
Self-Propelled Gunn (SPGs): 509
Towed Artillery: 83
Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs): 276
Total Aircraft: 530
Fixed-Wing Attack Aircraft: 114
Transport Aircraft: 263
Trainer Aircraft: 109
Attack Helicopters: 33
Total Naval Strength: 95
Aircraft Carriers: 0
Coastal Defense Craft: 3
Mine Warfare: 28
Although the number of their active personnel did not exceed 200,000 soldiers, the Spanish military is one of the strongest military in Europe. Hundreds of tanks, dozens of warships and sophisticated fighter jets are continually updated and supplemented from time to time is a sign of Spanish military power as one of the strongest in Europe.
As part of NATO, Spain is more confident. Despite recently (April 2016), had an incidence of a Spanish ship that interferes with US nuclear submarines patrol when attempting to dock in Gibraltar – incidents that make British Royal Navy fired warning shots towards the Spanish ship Rio Cedena – England get Gibraltar by the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713, but now Spain still will not relinquish territory in their northern part – long issue that could be a potential internal feud in the body of NATO, if NATO members do not sit together completely resolve the problem.
Beyond that, the Spanish against the NATO military loyalty showed by participating actively patrolling the air with the other NATO air forces, specifically in maintaining the Baltic (Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia), from the concerns of Russian aggression.
Total Population: 55,368,054
Square Land Area: 504,782 (KM)
Active Frontline Personnel: 143,750
Active Reserve Personnel: 18,630
Military Budget: US$ 13,340,000,000
Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs): 2,867
Self-Propelled Gunn (SPGs): 110
Towed Artillery: 164
Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs): 0
Total Aircraft: 621
Fixed-Wing Attack Aircraft: 124
Transport Aircraft: 208
Trainer Aircraft: 198
Attack Helicopters: 10
Total Naval Strength: 53
Aircraft Carriers: 1
Coastal Defense Craft: 26
Mine Warfare: 8
State of the gods, Greek, so eager to strengthen its armed forces. In fact, the financial crisis experienced by the country in 2008, almost makes this country collapse.
In the midst of the financial crisis, the Greek defense spending precisely to be the highest compared to the percentage of GDP (Gross Domestic Product) across Europe. In 2015, for a NATO project, Greece spent 2.4% of its GDP on defense.
In ground combat machines, the number of combat-ready tank Greek in 2015, even more than two-fold of English military (United Kingdom). In 2015, tanks Greece recorded 1,300 units.
The reason for the land of the gods to consistently enlarging its military budget from year to year is because of a classic issue that was raised again between Turkey and Greece. Fellow members of NATO’s like to compete in militarily, since the Turkish invasion of Cyprus (4 decades ago). The tension that had cooled it is then heated up in 2014, after the two countries competing for the oil and gas resources in the Mediterranean region.
A classic problem between Greece and Turkey is also one of the potential disagreements among member countries of NATO.
Beyond that, no matter what, the Greek military is into one of the strongest in Europe.
Total Population: 12.391.989
Square Land Area: 131.940 (KM)
Active Frontline Personnel: 131.940
Active Reserve Personnel: 322.000
Military Budget: US$ 7.521.000.000
Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs): 4.840
Self-Propelled Gunn (SPGs): 629
Towed Artillery: 532
Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs): 175
Total Aircraft: 691
Fixed-Wing Attack Aircraft: 237
Transport Aircraft: 247
Trainer Aircraft: 164
Attack Helicopters: 33
Total Naval Strength: 132
Aircraft Carriers: 0
Coastal Defense Craft: 31
Mine Warfare: 5
Strongest Military in Europe 2018
Map of military forces on the European continent is very interesting. Interesting, because in addition to the presence of Russia as the strongest in the continent blue, 7 others European countries are members of NATO. That is, Russia can not act recklessly further with reckless invaded three Baltic states, the new NATO ally. For if Russia reckless, then the automatic seven European countries in the list of 8 Strongest Military in Europe plus the US and other NATO, under US command, will act the same: Against Russia – this condition may be one trigger of the Great War the next – could it be the beginning the outbreak of World War 3?
Internal conflicts some NATO members, such as between Spain and the United Kingdom, as well as Greece and Turkey, like fire in the husk – if not wisely and quickly resolved – at any time it could break NATO.
Remarkably, despite Russia as ‘under siege’ in Europe, the land of the red bear seems to remain confident – do not fear the ranks of the NATO force that is now stacked near its borders.