Here Are The African Powerful Military Countries – #3 South Africa

African Powerful Military Countries – #3 South Africa

African Powerful Military Countries – South Africa

South Africa Military Strength


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.


Description Numbers
Total Population 48,375,645
Available Manpower 25,913,422
Fit for Service 14,093,327
Reaching Military Age Annually 964,139
Active Frontline Personnel 88,565
Active Reserve Personnel 17,100


Tank value includes Main Battle Tanks, light tanks and tank destroyer, eirthe wheeled or tracked. Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs) value includes Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) and Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs).


Description Numbers
Tanks 195
Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs) 2,265
Self-Propelled Guns (SPGs) 43
Towed-Artillery 97
Multiple – Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs) 50


Includes both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft from all branches of service.


Description Numbers
Total Aircraft 209
Fighters/Interceptors 17
Fixed-Wing Attack Aircraft 17
Transport Aircraft 106
Trainer Aircraft 67
Helicopters 96
Attack Helicopters 12


Aircraft Carrier value includes dedicated “helicopter carrier” vessels. Total naval strength includes all known auxiliaries as well.


Description Numbers
Total Naval Strength 30
Aircraft Carriers 0
Frigates 4
Destroyers 0
Corvettes 0
Submarines 3
Coastal Defense Craft 9
Mine Warfare 4


Despite the advances made in battlefield technology, oil remains the lifeblood of any fighting force as well as local economy.

Description Numbers
Oil Production 192,000 bbl/day
Oil Consumption 591,000 bbl/day
Proven Oil Reserves 15,000,000 bbl/day


War is as much a battle of logistics – moving man and machine from points all over – as it is direct combat. Labor Force reflects possible wartime industry strength.

Description Numbers
Labor Force 18,540,000
Merchant Marine Strength 3
Major Ports and Terminals 5
Roadway Coverage 362,099
Railway Coverage 20,192
Serviceable Airports 566


Regardless of military strength in numbers, war is still driven by financing as much as any one leader or weapon.

Description Numbers
Defense Budget $4,610,000,000
External Debt $139,000,000,000
Reserves of Foreign Exchange and Gold $48,460,000,000
Purchasing Power Parity $595,700,000,000


Geographical values primary figure into a defensive-minded war (i.e. invasion).

Description Numbers
Square Land Area 1,219,090 km
Coastline 2,798 km
Shared Border 5,244 km
Waterways 0 km

Source:[Global Fire Power]


Written by How South Africa

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Imaginative South African Graduate Writes Book to Pay for Her Unirversity Transcript

South Africa in World’s Top 51 Most POWERFUL passports List