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Iran Military Strength

Slowed by sanctions, the nation of Iran continues its military growth by way of indigenous ventures and defense deals with Russia.

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Values related to a nation's complete population and as it relates to theoretical available fighting strength. Wars, particularly those with high attrition, traditionally favor higher manpower.

Total Military Personnel: 873,000(est.)(1.1%)

Total Aircraft Strength value includes both fixed- and rotary-wing systems from all branches of service (UAVs are not included in this total). Attack values cover both multirole and purpose-built light-attack types (and so some fighters also fall into the Attack total). Transports value includes only fixed-wing tactical/strategic aircraft. UAVs are currently being excluded from the total. For an in-depth look into the numbers available to any one air force of the world, consider www.WDMMA.org (external link) - the "World Directory of Modern Military Aircraft". Also consider Aircraft throughout the military history of Iran (external link).

Combat Tank value includes Main Battle Tanks (MBTs), light tanks, and tank destroyers (no distinction is made between tracked and wheeled types). Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFV) value includes APCs, IFVs, MRAPs, and Armored Cars. Rocket Projectors only include self-propelled forms. Also consider Armor and Artillery throughout the military history of Iran (external link).

Aircraft Carrier value includes traditional carriers as well as Helicopter Carriers. Submarine value includes diesel-electric and nuclear-powered types, no distinction being made between conventional- and nuclear-attack forms. Total Naval Assets (*) value includes all possible / available vessels including auxiliaries, which are not showcased individually below. Also consider Warships and Submarines throughout the military history of Iran (external link).

Petroleum remains the lifeblood of war. As such it is weighed into the GFP ranking through the figures below. Values are shown as BBL/DY (Barrels Per Day).

For the GFP ranking, Logistics values include personnel, industry, and services related to war production.

The GFP ranking takes into account a nation's financial health on the world stage. All values presented in USD ($).

Geography considerations can factor decisively into both offensive- and defensive-mind campaigns.

Iran Military Strength

Slowed by sanctions, the nation of Iran continues its military growth by way of indigenous ventures and defense deals with Russia.

Total Population:83,024,745
Available Manpower: 47,324,105(57.0%)
Fit-For-Service: 39,842,164(48.0%)
Reaching Military Age Annually: 1,394,476(1.7%)
Active Personnel: 523,000(0.6%)
Reserve Personnel: 350,000(0.4%)
Total Aircraft Strength: 509(ranked 24 of 137)
Fighters: 142(27.9%)(ranked 17 of 137)
Attack: 165(32.4%)(ranked 18 of 137)
Transports: 89(17.5%)(ranked 7 of 137)
Trainers: 104(20.4%)(ranked 29 of 137)
Total Helicopter Strength: 126(24.8%)(ranked 34 of 137)
Attack Helicopters: 12(2.4%)(ranked 32 of 137)
Combat Tanks: 1,634(ranked 18 of 137)
Armored Fighting Vehicles: 2,345(ranked 31 of 137)
Self-Propelled Artillery: 570(ranked 11 of 137)
Towed Artillery: 2,128(ranked 8 of 137)
Rocket Projectors: 1,900(ranked 4 of 137)
Total Naval Assets: 398*
Aircraft Carriers: 0
Frigates: 6
Destroyers: 0
Corvettes: 3
Submarines: 34
Patrol Vessels: 88
Mine Warfare: 3
Oil Production: 4,469,000 bbl/dy
Oil Consumption: 1,870,000 bbl/dy
Proven Oil Reserves: 158,400,000,000 bbl
Labor Force: 30,500,000
Merchant Marine Strength: 739
Major Ports / Hubs / Terminals: 3
Roadway Coverage: 172,927 km
Railway Coverage: 8,442 km
Usable Airports: 319
Defense Budget: $6,300,000,000
External Debt: $7,995,000,000
Reservses of Foreign Exchange / Gold: $120,600,000,000
Purchasing Power Parity (PPP): $1,757,500,000,000
Square Land Area: 1,648,195 km
Coastline Coverage: 2,440 km
Shared Borders: 5,894 km
Usable Waterways: 850 km