Here is the List of 10 Most Powerful Military Base In Africa. Going beyond military equipment totals and perceived fighting strength is the actual manpower that drives a given military. Wars of attrition favor those with more.
The 2011 Libya revolution placed some marks on their military capabilities with population of just over 6 million. Almost 3 millions citizens are fit for service about 116,000 people reach their require service age each year but these small numbers correlate quite oppositely to the artillery and ammunition the country boast of when compared with other African countries. Libyan has 500 tanks, 2,500 armored fighting vehicles, 400 self propelled guns, 1050, potable AT weapons, 800 rocket projectors, over 600 air crafts and 121 helicopters and $880 are pumped into defense every year.
According WHO, Angola is the 7th largest country in Africa with a population of over 21 million and the country is located at the Southern part of Africa. Angola comprises of three components in their military: The Army, Navy and Air Force. All of these have a combined manpower in excess of 100,000 divided into 87,000 active front-line personnel and 30,000 active reserve personnel. The country’s colonial history is reflected in its Portuguese-influenced cuisine and its landmarks including Fortaleza de São Miguel, a fortress built by the Portuguese in 1576 to defend the capital, Luanda. The Portuguese speaking country boast of 140 tanks, 980 armoured fighting vehicles, 298 towed-artillery, 270 total number of aircraft, 98 helicoters with, 15 attack helicopters, 82 fighters/interceptors. Angola’s naval strenghth is boosted with 30 coastal defence crafts and 2 mine warfare and with a defence budget of over $4bn. The Angolans is sure to continue to see a strong military growth.
Tunisia is based on the Northern side in Africa and home to over 10 million people. There are almost 5 million Tunis who are fit for service out of the 5.7 million available manpower. Their number of active front-liner personnel stands at 40,000 with additional 12,000 active reserved personnel. Tunisia boasts of 350 tanks, 9000 armoured fighting vehicles, 139 total aircraft, 75 helicopters, 12 fighters / interceptors, 25 coastal defence aircraft all backed by over $550 million defence budget per year.
Here is another country also in the Northern region of Africa with a population of over 33 million. Morocco’s military arm known as the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces is responsible for land-based military operations but in addition to the army, the country also has the Navy, The Air Force, the Royal Guard, the Royal Gendarmerie and the Auxiliary Forces. In Morocco, there are about 17 million available manpower with over 14 million people fit for service, there 195,000 people in active front-line service and 150,000 in active reserve. The Northern country has 1,348 tanks 2,120 armoured fighting vehicles, 323 total aircraft, 139 helicopters, 70 coastal defence craft and spends over $3.4 bn in defence budget.
Kenya is a major commercial and high technology hub in the East Africa. Officially known as the Republic of Kenya, the East Africa Country homes to about 41 million people. When it comes to military strength and fire power, you can count on Kenya force. They have enough military strength to afford to always send some on a peace keeping mission in other African countries. Per reports, the country have almost 20 million people that make up the country’s man power and more than 12 million citizens are fit for this service. 839,000 are recruited every year. The country boast of 24,000 active front-line, ,000 active reserve personnel and boasts of 186 tanks, 2000 armoured fighting vehicles, 134 total air crafts, 66 helicopters, 14 coastal defence crafts and with Kenya’s defence budget on its course to hit $5 bn by 2018, we might see the country advancing way ahead of others on this list.
Located at the shores of West Africa is the country that is home to a staggering 170 million people. With the available manpower of over 72 million people, it’s believe there are more than 40 million people who are fit for service with 3.5 million people reaching the military service year every year. The country has 363 tanks, 680 towed-artillery and more than 1,400 armoured fighting vehicles. The West African country has 96 total air crafts and 36 helicopters, 51 coastal defence crafts and 2 mine warfare. The large population is kept safe with a yearly budget of over $2.3 bn.
4. SOUTH AFRICA
Republic of South Africa, is an African country located at the Southern part of the continent. South Africa is the 25 th largest country in the world by area and the 24 th most populous country with over 54 million people. When it comes to military power, the country has got what it takes to be among the top countries in Africa strong enough to be recognized. Half of the country population are within the manpower class; 14 million are fit for service and almost a million people (964,139) are getting to military age annually. South Africa are 88,000 active front-line and 17,000 active reserve personnel. On military equipment, South Africa has 191 tanks and 1430 armoured fighting vehicles, 118 self-propelled guns, 240 rocket projectors and 213 total number of air crafts. 4 frigates and 3 submarines keep the shores safe and there is over $4.6 bn spent on defence every year.
Ethiopia has an high population of 94.1 million. Ethiopia is the Africa’s older independent country and its second largest in terms of population. The country has found a way to transform their population into a military stronghold in Africa. With a manpower of 38 million people, the country 24 million of populaton are fit for active service and almost 2 million people reaching the military age every year, the country is one of the strongest in Africa. Ethiopia has over 560 tanks and 780 armoured vehicles, 183 multi-launch rocket system (MLRS), 81 air crafts and 39 helicopters to hover around any country plotting any form of invasion.The entire Ethiopia’s defence is supported by 182,500 front-line personnel and over $340 million defence budget to take care of things every 365 days.
Algeria is a country comprising of 48 provinces and 1541 communes. The country is the 33rd most populated country in the world with a recorded population of 39.21 million. More than 20 million people make up the manpower and over 17 million citizens are within their active year. Algerian military is made up of modern army, navy and air force. Algeria is largely financed by oil and Sonatrach, the national oil company, is the largest in Africa generating revenues in excess of $76.1bn and employing over 120,000 people in 2012. The French speaking country has the second largest army in Africa and in the Arab World, after Egypt, and has Russia and the Chinese as her strategic allies and arms furnishes. 67,993 people reach the military age annually, there are over recorded 500,000 active front-line and 400,000 reserve personnel.The country is equipped with more than a thousand tanks, 1800 armoured fighting vehicles, there are also over 400 air crafts, 188 helicopters, 6 submarines. With a recorded defense budget of over $10.5 bn, the country will for many years to come, continue to be among the African countries with the best military strength.
Egypt is a well-known country in the north of Africa with a record population of 94 million people and has faced major political crises in the recent past but this has not changed their position as a leading African country when it comes to military power. A significant percentage of the country’s population – over 35 million – are fit for active military service and more than 1.5 million citizen reach the military age every year. With the country having almost 5000 tanks including armoured fighting vehicles, self propelled guns and towed artillery, the country is a force to reckon with when it comes to Africa. Having a total of 1,100 aircraft including 245 helicopters, 343 fighters, 390 trainer aircraft and 28 mine warfare, 84 serviceable air ports and a budget of over $4bn pumped into Egypt’s defence every 365 days make Egyptian military the strongest among other countries in Africa.