How strong South Africa’s army is

South Africa’s army is ranked 46 out of 126 military forces in the world, according to Global Firepower’s 2016 ranking.

Global Firepower bases its ranking on each nation’s “potential conventional war-making capability across land, sea, and air”.

“The final ranking incorporates values related to resources, finances, and geography, and over 50 different factors make up the final GFP ranking, delivering the PowerIndex,” it said.

“Bonuses and penalties are applied where appropriate.”

South Africa’s army

In first place was the United States of America, followed by Russia, China, India, and France.

The strength of South Africa’s army is detailed below – broken down into categories.


Manpower

  • Available manpower – 26,000,000
  • Fit for service – 14,100,000
  • Active frontline personnel – 89,000
  • Active reserve personnel – 17,100

SANDF Soldier


Land systems

  • Tanks – 195
  • Armoured fighting vehicles – 2,265
  • Self-propelled guns – 43
  • Towed artillery – 97
  • Multiple-launch rocket systems – 50

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Air power

  • Total aircraft – 212
  • Fighters/interceptors – 17
  • Fixed-wing attack aircraft – 17
  • Transport aircraft – 109
  • Trainer aircraft – 67
  • Helicopters – 96
  • Attack helicopters – 12

SA Army Helicopter


Naval power

  • Frigates – 4
  • Submarines – 3
  • Coastal defence craft – 26
  • Mine warfare – 4

SA navy vessel


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