Top 25 World’s Largest Armies

22. North Korea/Brazil

North Korea shares the title of #22 with Brazil. The isolated communist state rules by fear, which requires more foot soldiers then they could equip. However, even with bows and arrows, 5,000,000 soldiers are a force to be reckoned with. Especially in this case, when each one underwent North Korea’s notoriously rough military training.

  • Active Personnel: 5,200,000
  • Defense Budget: $7,500,000,000
  • Armed land vehicles: 14,800
  • Multi-launch Rocket Systems: 2,400
  • Aircraft (fighters, interceptors, attack copters): 944

Brazil is, without a doubt, the dominant military power of South America. A blooming economy has allowed it to equip a two-million-strong fighting force with some of the best modern equipment available. Plus, Brazil now boasts one of the world’s largest naval forces, including a new Aircraft Carrier and five stealth submarines.

  • Active Personnel: 2,130,00
  • Defense Budget: $31,900,000,000
  • Armed land vehicles: 2,260
  • Multi-launch Rocket Systems: 180
  • Aircraft (fighters, interceptors, attack copters): 735


  1. roher March 7, 2016
    • Dmitriy Feldman March 7, 2016

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