Here is the List of 10 Most Powerful Military Base In Africa. 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.
The 2011 Libya revolution has placed question marks on the military capabilities of a country with population of just over 6 million. Almost 3 million citizens are fit for service and just about 116,000 people reach service age each year but these small numbers correlate quite oppositely to the artillery and ammunition the country boasts of when compared with other African countries. Libya boasts of 500 tanks, 2,500 armored fighting vehicles, 400 self propelled guns, 800 rocket projectors, 1050 potable AT weapons, over 600 air crafts and 121 helicopters and $880 million pumped in to defense every year.
Angola is the 7th largest country in Africa with a population of over 21 million and is located at the southern Africa. There are three components of Angolan military: the Army, Navy and Air Force and all of these have a combined manpower in excess of 100,000 divided into 87,000 active front-line personnel and 30,000 active reserve personnel. Angola has 140 tanks, 980 armoured fighting vehicles, 298 towed-artillery, 270 total number of aircraft, 98 helicopters with, 15 attack helicopters, 82 fighters/ interceptors. The country’s naval strength is boosted with 30 coastal defence crafts and 2 mine warfare and with a defence budget of over $4 bn, Angola is sure to continue to see a strong military growth.
Tunisia is the northernmost country in Africa and home to over 10 million people. There are almost 5 million people who are fit for service out of the 5.7 million available manpower. The number of active front-liner personnel stands at 40,000 with additional 12,000 active reserve personnel. The country boasts of 350 tanks, 900 armoured fighting vehicles, 139 total aircraft, 75 helicopters, 12 fighters/ interceptors, 25 coastal defence aircraft all backed by over $550 million defence budget per year.
The kingdom of Morocco is a country in the northern region of Africa with a population of over 33 million. The country’s military arm known as the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces is responsible for land-based military operations but in addition to the army, Morocco also has the Navy, the Air Force, the Royal Guard, the Royal Gendarmerie and the Auxiliary Forces. There are about 17 million available manpower with over 14 million people fit for service, 195,000 people in active front-line service and 150,000 in active reserve. Morocco has 1,348 tanks, 2,120 armoured fighting vehicles, 323 total aircraft, 139 helicopters, 70 coastal defence craft and spends over $3.4 bn in defence budget.
Kenya is a major commercial and technology hub in the East Africa. Officially called the Republic of Kenya, the country has a population of about 41 million residents. When it comes to military strength and fire power, Kenya is a force to reckon with. The country has enough military strength to afford to always send some on a peace keeping mission in other African countries. Almost 20 million people make up the country’s man power and more than 12 million of these are fit for service. 839,000 reach military age every year. Kenya has 24,000 active front-line, 5,000 active reserve personnel and boasts of 186 tanks, 2000 armoured fighting vehicles, 134 total air crafts, 66 helicopters, 14 coastal defence crafts and with Kenya’s defence budget on its course to hit $5 bn by 2018, we might see the country advancing way ahead of others on this list.
Located at the shores of West Africa is the country that is home to a staggering 170 million people. With the available manpower of over 72 million people, there are more than 40 million people who are fit for service with 3.5 million people reaching the military service year every year. Nigeria has 363 tanks, 680 towed-artillery and more than 1,400 armoured fighting vehicles. Nigeria has 96 total air crafts and 36 helicopters, 51 coastal defence crafts and 2 mine warfare. The large population is kept safe with a yearly budget of over $2.3 bn.