Pakistan military ranked 11th strongest in world

Published: October 5, 2015
A photo of Pakistan army. PHOTO: AFP

A photo of Pakistan army. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan military has been ranked as the 11th strongest military in the world, as per a Credit Suisse report on globalisation.

Ranked seven spots after India’s military, the report gives Pakistan a final military strength score of 0.41. Further, the report reveals that Pakistan’s active personnel number stands at 710,000 and has it more weaponry than Germany, Australia, and Canada.

The report ranks the strength of 20 countries according to weaponry, including tanks, aircraft, helicopters and submarines, each country represents.

Read: ‘Pakistan’s armed forces far better today than ’65, ’71’

The US is listed as number one followed by Russia, China, Japan and India in the top five.

The report said, “Our analysis reveals the military superiority of the United States in conventional war capabilities compared to its close rivals. Its fleet of 13,900 aircraft, 920 attack helicopters, 20 aircraft carriers and 72 submarines far outweighs the military might of any of its close rivals and so does its defense spending worth $610 billion in 2014, which is far more than the combined military expenditures of the next nine countries in our index.”

Read: Pakistan’s elite SSG troops top list of world’s most formidable special units: report

“In reality, in today’s nuclear era, conventional forces are not the only indicator of military strength. Russia and the United States account for more than 90% of global inventories of nuclear weapons according to data provided by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s (SIPRI) Yearbook 2015,” it added.

The list shows strength of countries in terms of military. PHOTO: BUSINESS INSIDER

The article originally appeared on Business Insider

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  • Usman777
    Oct 5, 2015 - 5:55PM

    This doesn’t matter. Our soldiers are stronger in spirit than the Hindu soldiers of India. But we have to admit they gave a very spirited defense even when we gave them surprise attacks in 1965 and 1999. Recommend

  • Khan
    Oct 5, 2015 - 6:33PM

    Not impressed – we should have been side by side with India in term of strength! After all we keep all these soldiers and arsenals for India. Recommend

  • Blunt
    Oct 5, 2015 - 6:49PM

    Hail the Pak Army !!!Recommend

  • ABCD
    Oct 5, 2015 - 7:28PM

    Indian ranking is lower mainly because of the lack of attack helicopters. This should improve as India has ordered advanced version of such helicopters from USA. Moreover this ranking does not take into account the nuclear capabilities and that should improve India to third place and Pakistan to 4th place in my view. In not too distant future India and China will be running neck to neck in ranking. Recommend

  • Human
    Oct 5, 2015 - 7:39PM

    U sound like an Indian troll who has nothing better to do than speak nonsenseRecommend

  • aamir
    Oct 5, 2015 - 7:44PM

    Pakistan is ranked 11 because of its size.. as pakistan total population is 19 crore as compared to india 1 billion and 20 crore, i think its pretty good in size.. now come to its weaponry, yes its small country 1/7 in size of india.. so definitely small economy, do your maths. so small country and small GDP means small budget.. so understandable.. pretty good i think.. even if we see our economic situation, despite of indians utmost tries by waging proxy wars in pakistan, successfully fighting and bringing it to its logical end. now come to its proficiency FATA, fighting in one of worlds most dangerous zones of world, where 42 countries Americans including NATO’s have failed there,, but Pakistan is not only fighting but winning with its great spirit and dedicated professional training. so by this size of economy and military budget and size of force, i think Pakistan Army is doing its job Triple more than Non- professional indians, i wana say something here … (wo 313 thy ab to hum 6 lac hain). and one thing more in last… Nightmare of our neighbour our nuclear programme, if points of nuclear would have been added than surely pakistan would have been far ahead from this position. which is our ultimate defence and far better and advance than our neighbour… Love Pakistan Army and Salute you Guys Recommend

  • usman777_real
    Oct 5, 2015 - 8:12PM

    Looks like a friend from the east has taken my username. They can’t even come up with a name without plagiarism.Recommend

  • Kushal
    Oct 5, 2015 - 8:15PM

    @aamir: Instead of this false bravado, just look at Taiwan. No nuclear weapon, no international recognition, No UN membership, always bullied by the giant called China still such a formidable economy and military. And they are at just two points after you. Recommend

  • Balaji
    Oct 5, 2015 - 8:54PM

    Can both our nations talk abt gdp ranking instead of this military strength after all these stuffs are to kill each other that is not goodRecommend

  • Usman777
    Oct 5, 2015 - 8:55PM

    Not sure what your problem is? Are you upset our soldiers are more spirited than theirs?
    I am as Pakistani as you ever could be.

    I don’t deny the fact we have to maintain conventional military balance as well which is rapidly widening as this article suggests. Recommend

  • a
    Oct 5, 2015 - 9:33PM

    “The report ranks the strength of 20 countries according to weaponry, including tanks, aircraft, helicopters and submarines, each country represents.”

    Where is the missile and nuclear tech in this which give Pak edge over India?

    If not nuclear atleast missile technology should have been included and pak would have been in the first fiveRecommend

  • Sacred
    Oct 5, 2015 - 9:50PM

    There are Hindus in our army also. Recommend

  • Saeed
    Oct 5, 2015 - 9:55PM

    Truly Pakistan army is professional and experienced having defended in most complex situations and surely best ever in the world MashaallahRecommend

  • Oct 5, 2015 - 9:59PM

    in terms of military strength not strongest.Recommend

  • Afzal
    Oct 5, 2015 - 10:48PM

    Pakistan’s nuclear power as suggested by various reports, is far advanced than that of India. So the difference in conventional systems does not make any material difference. I wish and hope there never will be a nuclear exchange but Pakistan is estimated to have been working to acquire nuclear toys at a rate of 5 per each Indian city. Apparently the idea of having such number is that some will definitely get through no matter how robust the anti missile system is. God forgive.Recommend

  • Pin2
    Oct 5, 2015 - 11:38PM

    no there are not!Recommend

  • Adnan
    Oct 5, 2015 - 11:53PM

    The difference between Muslim Army and other army is that Muslims army fights with no fear of death while other fight with fear of death.Recommend

  • Balaji
    Oct 6, 2015 - 12:07AM

    Buddy Indian army has Hindu, Sikhs, Christians, Muslims and even Buddhist soldiers but you too have big military so do we have right to kill each other because of it. Common buddy no one gains in war it will be total destruction of mankind. No one as right to take the life of others to n this world. We have better evils to fight than the armies listed above i.e. poverty.Recommend

  • Blithe
    Oct 6, 2015 - 12:17AM

    Sad that we are ranked next two egypt .

    Both countries have had generals more interested in politics than defense Recommend

  • TiffinBox
    Oct 6, 2015 - 12:21AM

    @Adnan, remember 1971, 90000 = fear of death?Recommend

  • ali javes
    Oct 6, 2015 - 12:37AM

    Pakistan army is no muslim army. There are sikhs christians and hindus in pak army. Same is with indian army. So you cant say that if pak soldier gets martyred, he or she would get in to jannat. What about indian muslim soldier who is sacrificing his or her life for their mothetland? Current system of nation states doesnt comply with religious army or holy war theory. Pakistan and indian army are fighting for their country’s interest, not any religious war.Recommend

  • Shahid Massod
    Oct 6, 2015 - 12:39AM

    I though Pak had the strongest military in the world. Disappointed… Recommend

  • Vicky
    Oct 6, 2015 - 1:30AM

    Indian soldiers prefer dying with dignity rather than surrendering Recommend

  • Sameer
    Oct 6, 2015 - 1:32AM

    13000 Indian soldiers made enemy’s 93000 soldiers surrendered in battlefield Recommend

  • Raji
    Oct 6, 2015 - 1:36AM

    Very funny guys arguing about who have the strongest nuclear weapon. Not knowing that nuclear is all the mother of all destruction which can harm the present generation and the forthcoming generation. Let the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki gist you about what harm and good the nuclear weapon has done to their gene. I oppose any country having that weapon of mass destruction(Nuclear weapon).Recommend

  • ajeet
    Oct 6, 2015 - 2:00AM

    Funny. That’s why it couldn’t defeat tiny Israel? Whatever you say, I agree that they run very fast whenever they loose the war.Recommend

  • observer
    Oct 6, 2015 - 2:06AM

    This is shameful and not at all acceptable. Pakistan should allot more resources to make Pakistani military a top five force. We are prepared to eat grass to get there.Recommend

  • Kamran Malik
    Oct 6, 2015 - 2:51AM

    @Adnan please grow up, look at the Arab Israel war.

    Our GDP should be higher than our military rating, just my view.Recommend

  • Zahid
    Oct 6, 2015 - 3:38AM

    Pakistan Army have enough military strength and nobody can compare with Pakistan military
    Pakistan Army ZindabadRecommend

  • usman777_real
    Oct 6, 2015 - 4:18AM

    11th Strongest , yet to win a war.Recommend

  • Hg
    Oct 6, 2015 - 4:55AM

    @Adnan: Yes u r right your army fights with no fear of death yet looses.:)Recommend

  • Human
    Oct 6, 2015 - 5:12AM

    I am afraid your argument about population size is not relevant here. Russia has 40 million people less than Pakistan, but its army is ranked second. We don’t have to get emotional and accept the reality. Our conventional capabilities are lagging and we need to address these to achieve parity with our hostile neighbhor.

    If there is less money for education, public welfare, economic development in Pakistan, so be it. It is also the responsibility of the international community to take note of our hostile enemy.Recommend

  • Azhar Kashmiri
    Oct 6, 2015 - 5:49AM

    Considering Pakistan’s recent multibillion dollar deal with All weather friend China for 8 Submarines, the purchase of Russian attack helicopters, the larger nuclear arsenal stockpiles and on top of this homemade Drones; this report is nothing but utter rubbish. I wouldn’t trust Credit Suisse to rate anything. If we note all the factors I have mentioned along with Pakistan having the best intelligence agency in the world ISI and the world’s best SSG this report should at least put Pakistan slightly above France in 6th position. Proud of Pakistan, this report forgot the country is 200 million strong Muslims we will all fight till last blood for our country, we aren’t a Hindu nation that is scared even with a billion population. Our nuclear assets are the most useful assets ever. You can have as many active or reserves you want but India once a nuclear bomb wipes them out the equation soon changes and so does the power factor. Long live Pakistan Army we love you from Kashmir Pakistan :)/Recommend

  • ConcernedPakScientist
    Oct 6, 2015 - 6:10AM

    It is crazy that our military is stronger than Germany when we are infintely behind Germany in every other dimension. We should recruit every able bodied Pakistani into the army then then the whole world bow down in respect to us. Recommend

  • Ashraf
    Oct 6, 2015 - 6:57AM

    If you use Numerology, Pakistan is stronger than India.
    India = 7;
    Pakistan = 11 (1+1 = 2)
    So Pakistan is ahead of India.Recommend

  • Ashraf
    Oct 6, 2015 - 6:58AM

    @Adnan: Really?
    Did you read about the ’71 war?Recommend

  • mahakaalchakra
    Oct 6, 2015 - 6:59AM


    How many wars Muslim armies have won in the last 100 years or so? None.Recommend

  • Sarfaraz Abbasi
    Oct 6, 2015 - 8:42AM

    How many can Hindu-India claim to have won? Don’t tell me 1948, 1965, 1999 (1971 was an intrusion). By the way you have no knowledge on Muslim world so please spare us!Recommend

  • Sarfaraz Abbasi
    Oct 6, 2015 - 8:43AM

    What has India’s GDP done for its 1,000 million poor people who still lack toilets and sleep on footpaths?Recommend

  • Sarfaraz Abbasi
    Oct 6, 2015 - 9:06AM

    I am totally surprised that India is ranked “5” – :-)Recommend

  • Zafar Butt
    Oct 6, 2015 - 9:07AM

    Wish we could have invested in industrial and civil sector rather than investing in army. Recommend

  • Pakistani Sindhi
    Oct 6, 2015 - 9:18AM

    I don’t find the list that important (other than it has categorized each nation according to the weapons each one of them individually possesses). A list that contains “Thailand” and “Poland”, cannot be taken seriously.Recommend

  • Oct 6, 2015 - 9:50AM

    India is spending feverishly on weaponry to buddingarm itself against us and knows fully well they cannot take on China. Economically, India is a budding powerhouse.
    The Pak-India conflagration of 1971 have boosted their morale against us because, militarily, we are three times smaller and their population exceeds ours by almost six times.
    SIPRI report speaks only of numbers and not of the training, prowess, and weaponry possessed. Sometime early this year there was a global report on the 10 best Special Forces. Pakistan was listed in the ten but India was down the list.
    However, as long as Pakistan does not get its act together and remains dependent on the WB, IMF, and ADB for CONSTANT BAILOUTS, we will always be dependent on the West for economic relief. SalaamsRecommend

    Oct 6, 2015 - 10:35AM

    INDIA should be top after china ……americans missed something is that india is alwats 4th ranked after US,Russia,China,India,Japan.Recommend

  • Abrar R
    Oct 6, 2015 - 11:39AM

    Military strength is a relative thing. For instance attack, defense, counter terrorism, which strength is gauged here? For instant Pakistan military is unmatched when it comes to countering terrorism and has top of the line defense capabilities. Invasion on a foreign land is a different aspect altogether.Recommend

  • BS
    Oct 6, 2015 - 11:51AM

    And yes, the 1971 outcome was due to the treason by the majority.Recommend

  • Ash
    Oct 6, 2015 - 11:56AM

    Why are you idiots arguing over military strength? India has nothing to be proud of and Pakistan has nothing to envy. Both countries should focus on eliminating poverty and educating the citizens. There is no winner in war. Nationalism and religion are both tearing our Nations apart. Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Oct 6, 2015 - 12:53PM

    This is a simplistic indicator of Military Inventory not Military Strength, when so many other factors come into play !Recommend

  • Simla
    Oct 6, 2015 - 1:05PM

    @ Sarfaraz Abbasi, Man do you ever think anything other than toilettes. Btw, do you know how many Pakistanis(children and Adults) come to India for medical treatments like heart surgeries and liver transplants.Recommend

  • mahesh
    Oct 6, 2015 - 1:17PM

    India already has over 100 fully developed cities, and Modi is planning to add 100 smart cities, for which work is already in progress. GDP also comes heavily from rural India, and India is still agri-based economy. So by your logic, Pakistan will require 6000-9000 warheads, while it has about 200-250. By the time you achieve enough bombs, technology would have changed and your bombs will be useless (read KALI). Best luck in your hateful endeavors though.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Oct 6, 2015 - 1:33PM

    This ranking is in line with India’s own official international ranking of Military released few years backs during UPA govt rule where India has put itself at 5th place.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Oct 6, 2015 - 1:40PM

    This is 2015 ranking,India trails behind
    1)Japan only in Attack Helicopter category but with Apache Dela signed and ALH on its way India will rise above in ranking
    2)India trails behind France in Aircraft Carrier.Although i am surprised with this but still if i have to accept this as it is the with the addition of all new INS Vikrant next year this will change as well.

    So next year ranking when release then one will find India standing at 4th. Recommend

  • Pankaj
    Oct 6, 2015 - 3:02PM

    If that is right then why western countries are fighting for Muslim countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Ezypt, Sudan, ……. and many more? Recommend

  • RightSaidFred
    Oct 6, 2015 - 3:22PM

    I’d like to introduce you to the concept of a Log Scale (Math term). The difference between 1 and 11 is pretty much the same (in all practical terms) as the difference between 1 and 185…or between 4 and 11. I should also point out that Pakistan as 11 in the world is about as believable as Mustafa Kamal being declared the best mayor in the world…possibly the same source?

    We Pakistanis really need to think beyond the military in the conventional sense. Without economic power, cultural power, media power and other forms of power….guns and soldiers alone are really quite meaningless. Its really sad to see Pakistan taking pride in these kinds of stories…we’re kidding ourselves!Recommend

  • RightSaidFred
    Oct 6, 2015 - 3:27PM


    Im as patriotic and pro army as the next guy…but please…lets think of power and progress in the context of 2015. “Pakistan succeeding where 40 countries have failed” is really not worth discussing even….the whole mindset is wrong. We are too used to lying to ourselves and telling ourselves that we’re the best in the world when the rest of the world really doesn’t see it that way…who is wrong? Us Pakistanis or 100+ countries including most of our arab “brothers”?Recommend

  • Talal
    Oct 6, 2015 - 3:34PM

    Great News to Pakistan. Now we can all have those weapons as our supper. Never mind our education and all other social as well as economic indicators are showing red. Recommend

  • Amit
    Oct 6, 2015 - 4:26PM

    @aamir: ok..and whhat about japan..can you elaborate why japan is ahead in ranking while japan is small in size and population as comare to both india and pakistan.Recommend

  • Sacred
    Oct 6, 2015 - 10:19PM

    Uhh.. yes there are.Recommend

  • Afzal
    Oct 6, 2015 - 10:47PM

    Yes we hate India because of its narrow and malicious mindset about its neighbours, particularly Pakistan.
    What do you mean by hundred developed cities. Some must be crap ones and nobody needs to target them. And no matter what hopes you have on your KALI, pakistan has not stopped moderenising it’s systems. Remember nuke toys are getting smaller and smaller without loosing their bang power and what a KALI like system could not neutralise would be the stuff getting to their intended targets by road by suicide squads.

    We know you are hoping to steal anti missile tech directly from your new papa or indirectly via Israel. How long you think it is going to take your KALI to be ready?Recommend

  • Taimoor
    Oct 7, 2015 - 12:16AM

    Why some people are uttering stupidities? Pakistan’s rank is great and it shows greater military strength compared to India when we note that India is 7 times bigger country than Pakistan both population and territory wise. This position is great. And nuclear weapons change the whole ball game.

    Now let’s keep it and invest more on other sectors. Recommend

  • id10t
    Oct 7, 2015 - 7:55AM

    Muslims are afraid of ‘life’. Death is more dearer to them. Recommend

  • Brar
    Oct 7, 2015 - 7:56AM

    @Azhar Kashmiri: There is no dearth of insane people on this earth, war is not the solution and rather then dying for your country it is important to live and contribute in the eradication of all ills which our countries are facing, USSR was once the world power what happned we all know leave the war cry work for peace.Recommend

  • Anita Turab
    Oct 7, 2015 - 9:13AM

    Considering Vietnam and Afghanistan the US Army’s performance has been pretty dismal. Where does it rank exactly?Recommend

  • Upurole
    Oct 7, 2015 - 9:56AM

    Russia had more nukes from tactical to strategic and it didn’t take United States a war to break them apart, Russia lost because it was not in tune with the rest of the world. And this is where Pakistan will loose with India. Right or wrong is just a matter of perspective and narrative. Question is, how many Pakistanis are truly proud of their standing in today’s world. Even if you are number one militarily, unless you have offensive agenda the strong military will help you nowhere if some one attacks you economically. So keep increasing the toys you are proud about. Also remember smaller toys gets stolen and lost very quickly. So stay safe. You don’t want one of them going loose. Recommend

  • Kar
    Oct 7, 2015 - 10:04AM

    @Afzal: Really funny, what id advanced ? Is there a more ‘n” or more nore clear ? Anyway, Pakistani nuclear is taken from North Koreans, which in any case, in NOT in the peak of Science.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Oct 7, 2015 - 12:20PM

    Don’t understand the logic behind Israel’s standing at #14. Israel has a half a million standing army with almost the entire population of Israel serving as reservists. It has the most advanced air force qualitatively and quantitatively outside NATO. Its mechanized forces are larger than UK, France and Italy.

    Someone needs to check on the authenticity of these reports prepared by different sources before being put up by an esteemed publication like ET.Recommend

  • Raza
    Oct 7, 2015 - 1:58PM

    Thats funny! Where are these developed cities? bla, bla…. typical Indians living in their own bubble. A poor third world messy country (called largest open toilet in the world) with over 600 million people living in poverty and talk big !? Recommend

  • Pakistan
    Oct 7, 2015 - 9:07PM

    Numericals do not matter. Armies are classified in terms of weoponery and fire power. Numerical strength is hardly relevant here.Recommend

  • mian
    Oct 8, 2015 - 1:24AM

    keep your rubbish to yourself. Have the courage to write under your real name. The real courage is that 11th ranked army has the guts to take on 5th ranked army. Got it?Recommend

  • Lunch Box
    Oct 8, 2015 - 1:33AM

    @TiffinBox: have the courage to tell the truth. 1971+RAW+5th ranked army= 11th ranked army. Pak army against too many odds= result as expected.Recommend

  • Ana
    Oct 8, 2015 - 6:26AM

    Military is at the 11th strongest, but at what expense??. Poor Pakistani nation without clean water, proper education and healthcare. Sorry, strength comes from people, not tanks and guns. Wrong priorities. We need 11 strongest nation not military.Recommend

  • Noah mate
    Oct 8, 2015 - 9:50AM

    India a space power where lies Pakistan .. India has Agni 5 capable of range up to 5500 km while pak has no operational missile range above 2500 km , both have same nuclear stockpile as if nuclear war happens we still remains what pak wiped out ( I wish humanity remains and such situations not happens) if Pakistan army such capable then what they achieve in 1965 1999 … Both are failed attempt .let think dear pakis if in 65 u failed to achieve what ur general has planned (operation grand slam glabritor) worse was that u loose sailkot and nearly lahore and that when you attack Kashmir first when India suffers huge losses bcoz of China war … So think whose soilders are more spirited 1971 no need to mention.. 1999 achieve nothing only get international condemnation and embracement but still we don’t want war . Let both country prospersRecommend

  • indian agent
    Oct 8, 2015 - 1:13PM

    @usman777, dear do u know who were main battle field commandes in 1965 and 71, thats explain the real cause of defeat in 1971Recommend

  • Murthy
    Oct 8, 2015 - 4:30PM

    @Sarfaraz Abbasi: Yeah, I am also surprised. India should have been ranked 3rd or 4th.Recommend

  • Indian_patriot
    Oct 10, 2015 - 8:49PM

    @all Pakistani who hates india

    Why do you compare yourself with India only on military parameter. If at all you want to compare with us compare for following.
    Software Industry.( top IT companies are headed by Indians.)
    Space research (we reached on moon n Mars
    India rank 4th in space technology)
    Education (our Doctors, Engineers, Teachers has worldwide demand)
    Economy in terms of GDP.
    and so on….. list is unending.
    If you genuinely benchmark this, you only will be benefited.
    If you compare only military you will be ruined for ever because you won’t have money to purchase bread. All the money would be spent on acquiring military capability.Recommend

  • Nov 23, 2015 - 8:51PM

    we kashmiri loves Pakistani people and Pakistani army_______<3 Kashmir bane ga Pakistan inshallahRecommend

  • Nov 23, 2015 - 8:54PM

    we luv Pakistani army ..Recommend

  • gafur
    Nov 30, 2015 - 10:45PM

    don’t forget that pak came from india just few decade ago.
    India who is father of pakRecommend

    Jan 3, 2016 - 4:23PM

    Mathematical calculation is all wrong.Recommend

  • harmeet singh
    Jan 12, 2016 - 1:19PM

    India is after US, Russia and China

    By the way where is iran and saudi arebia

    see saudi’s defense budget is higher than India and iran’s defence budget is equal to pakistan.Recommend

  • Feb 7, 2016 - 5:40PM

    Bro if you read the history than you see that was politic decision so keep your mouth shutRecommend

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