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Africa's Top Ten Most Powerful Armies

Military capability is required by any progressive state that wishes to protect its boundaries and interests. When it comes to the strongest military in Africa 2020, the continent is outperforming world powers.

Below is a list of Africa's top ten most powerful militaries.


Due to the sheer size of its armed forces, Egypt's military strength puts it ahead of the pack in terms of military might. The superpower of North Africa is ranked 12th in the globe.

The Egyptian Armed Forces are made up of the Egyptian Army, Egyptian Navy, Egyptian Air Force, and Egyptian Air Defense Command. It has a frontline army of around 500,000 soldiers, much outnumbering all of its African counterparts.

It has over 10,000 armored vehicles, 60,000 logistics trucks, 1,092 aircraft, and significant oil reserves. It stands out for its naval might, which comprises both traditional carriers and nuclear-powered submarines.

The military has been consolidating control since the military coup that toppled Morsi and established al-Sisi in charge. This year, a referendum was held on proposed constitutional modifications that would give the army new powers, which protesters believe would lead to intervention in civilian matters.


Algeria, like its North African cousin, has made the most of its long coastline. On land, in the air, and at sea, the country has built formidable military capabilities. In the worldwide rankings, however, the country is a distant second, coming in at number 27.

Algeria's active frontline forces number over 130,000 personnel and have access to over 2,000 armored fighting vehicles.

The country is in upheaval following the resignation of its long-serving president, but the military has found a voice as the country's volatility and civil unrest continue.

The army chief of staff has stated his concerns about the proposed election postponement, which he believes will exacerbate the situation. Algeria's army is the only force capable of battling Islamic forces effectively (that almost took over the country after the independence).

3. South Africa.

Because it hasn't been embroiled in an international military conflict in a long time, South Africa uses its advanced military for peacekeeping and international collaboration. Despite the absence of hostilities, the government maintains a $4.61 billion defense budget.

Its planes and naval boats are well-known for being well-equipped with cutting-edge technology, and the country has the capabilities and people to do much more despite having less than 100,000 active front-line personnel. Thanks to a vast array of ground system technology, the South African military is a force to be reckoned with.


The West African army has been fighting the Boko Haram insurgency for more than a decade. Despite substantial victories during Buhari's first term, the army has suffered a few defeats in the last year, as it is better trained for conventional warfare than the rebels' guerrilla tactics.

The financial impact of military conflict is reduced when a country's domestic oil supply is abundant, as it is in Algeria and Egypt. Nigeria possesses roughly 1,800 armored vehicles, 250 tanks, 6,000 logistics vehicles, almost 300 aircraft, and 25 high-powered navy warships. The country's naval might is limited in compared to other African countries with maritime borders.


Despite being landlocked and lacking the benefits of the top three, Ethiopia is the only country in the Top 5 without a sea boundary. Ethiopia has spent a lot of time and money strengthening its army and air force (the GFP does not penalize landlocked countries for not having a naval force).

Prime Minister Aby Ahmed has had a friendly relationship with the military since gaining power, with military personnel spotted viewing some of the PM's projects and hearing about his plans for the country.

Internal strife has afflicted the country for years, and a strong military has grown critical in light of the terrorist group al-threat. Shabaab's With roughly 2 million people attaining military age each year, Ethiopia now has a 140,000-strong active force.


The Angola Armed Forces are divided into three parts: army, navy, and air force (FFA). Earlier this year, President Lourenco's modernization drive surged across the armed forces, with 88 generals being removed of their responsibilities.

The "Golden Goose" (oil reserves), as the President refers to them, has allowed the country in Southern Africa to fund a significant military budget. It presently boasts a 100,000-strong standing army, as well as 585 armored battle vehicles, 300 tanks, 285 aircraft, and a 57-ship navy.


The government plans to recruit 10,000 Moroccans for compulsory military service this year, with a goal of 15,000 by 2020, according to King Mohammed VI. There are 196,000 active members of the Royal Army.

Its arsenal includes 291 aircraft, 2,720 armored vehicles, 1,109 tanks, and a fleet with 121 assets.

In March, the army and the US launched "African Lion 2019," a joint military exercise aimed at equipping the army for the fight against violent extremism and terrorism.

Despite its large budget, funding partners such as the United States have claimed that corruption, inept administration, and low levels of education among its members hamper the organization. Western Sahara, where the majority of its military is stationed, is the country's biggest weakness.


After months of protests and a sit-in at the military's headquarters, the military toppled long-serving tyrant Omar al-Bashir. However, as talks between civilians and the military have come to a halt, stories of military violence have emerged from Sudan in recent weeks.

Al-regime Bashir's military prowess evolved over decades, and it received funds from Saudi Arabia in the months after he gained power.

There are 104,000 active military personnel, 191 aircraft, 410 battle tanks, 403 armored fighting vehicles, and 18 naval assets in the military. The majority of this equipment originates from Russia and China because the regime is under Western sanctions.

9.DRC Congo.

The DRC is Africa's second-largest country, with 86 million people. Because the country's own troops are not fully prepared to execute peacekeeping tasks, the UN Stabilization Mission, often known as Blue Helmets, is still deployed in the country.

The country's security reform began in 2003, following a period of civil war, and the effort to integrate armed non-state actors into national security institutions is still ongoing. Despite having a strong active force of 134,000 men, it nevertheless trails behind other forces in terms of training.


The North African country has been devoid of peace and stability since Muammar Gaddafi's overthrow. The military has a sizable equipment stockpile, which you assumed would come from oil funds.

The country is currently divided between a Tripoli-based administration and a rogue commander, General Haftar, who is backed by Western countries, particularly the United States.

The Tripoli administration is battling to keep the forces out of the capital because it lacks a properly united army. Despite this, the country still has access to 2,500 armored fighting vehicles, 500 tanks, 600 towed artillery pieces, and 6,500 logistics vehicles.

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