Top 10 Most Powerful Militaries in Asia 2017

The main role of military is to protect the sovereignty of the nation and to keep its people and the borders safe.

Asia is a huge continent. In fact it is the largest continent in the world. It has five of the world’s top 10 most powerful armies. Here is a brief overview of the top 10 most powerful militaries in Asia as of 2017, based on their Power Index (PwrIndx) scores provided by Global Firepower.

10) Vietnam (PwrIndx: 0.8253)

Vietnam, officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia.

Vietnam won against four Chinese dominations, three Mongol invasions, the French, and the U.S.

Australian Army

9) Indonesia (PwrIndx: 0.8008)

Indonesian army has about 400,000 active-duty personnel. Indonesia allocates around 4 percent of GDP to its military.



8) Taiwan (PwrIndx: 0.7564)

Officially the Republic of China, Taiwan maintains a large technologically advanced military. Although this fact seems largely unnoticed, Taiwan’s military buildup has succeeded and is now largely complete. The present military balance across the Taiwan Strait is somewhat more favorable for Taiwan, though Taiwan’s relative strength will inexorably decline over the next decade as China’s modernization effort continues.

Taiwan Army

7) Pakistan (PwrIndx: 0.7369)

Pakistan is a regional and middle power, and has the seventh largest standing armed forces in the world.


6) Israel (PwrIndx: 0.5887)

Israel has one of the highest ratios of defense spending to GDP of all developed nations. The Israel Defense Forces is the sole military wing of the Israel security forces. It comprises of the army, air force and navy.


5) Japan (PwrIndx: 0.5581)

Even though Japan has officially denounced its right to declare war, it maintains a modern military with the world’s eighth largest military budget. Its military might is used for self-defense and peacekeeping roles. The deployment of troops to Iraq marked the first overseas use of Japan’s military since the Second World War.

Japanese Army

4) South Korea (PwrIndx: 0.5536)

South Korea is a regional power with the world’s tenth-largest defense budget. The nation allocates 2.6 percent of its GDP and 15 percent of all government spending to its military. South Korea has sixth-largest number of active troops (more than 650,000) in the world.

South Korea Army

3) Turkey (PwrIndx: 0.5171)

With an estimated strength of 495,000 deployable forces, Turkey has the second largest standing armed force in NATO. The Turkish armed forces comprises of the Land Forces, the Naval Forces and the Air Force. Turkey is one of the five NATO member states which are part of the nuclear sharing policy of the alliance.

Turkish soldiers salute during a ceremony marking the 85th anniversary of Victory Day at the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, in Ankara

2) India (PwrIndx: 0.3872)

India is a nuclear weapons state and a regional power. It has the third largest standing army in the world. It ranks ninth in military expenditure among nations. India has provided 100,000 military and police personnel to serve in 35 UN peacekeeping operations across four continents.


1) China (PwrIndx: 0.2594)

With more than 2.3 million active troops, the People’s Liberation Army is the largest standing military force in the world. China is a recognized nuclear weapons state. It is a potential military superpower. Over the years, it has developed or acquired numerous advanced missile systems.

Soldiers from the Chinese People's Liberation Army

We will hope that these military powers will work towards establishing peace on earth and goodwill among people.

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