The Largest Standing Armies in The World
Armies have always been a show of strength, of stature and a show of might of a nation since ancient times and it hasn’t changed a lot since then. Although they are forces of security, they are more importantly a symbol of the nation’s ability to stand up to its counterparts. So the armies have been one of the costliest and daunting tasks of a country and money has always been poured into it.
But which are the largest armies of the world. I have compiled a list of the largest standing armies in the world and it will be a bit of a surprise to many seeing the countries in the list. While some of them are obvious for obvious reason, some names in the list are genuinely surprising. Another thing that you will notice is that the list is dominated by Asian countries.
Peoples Liberation Army—China
The largest standing army in the world is at the hands of the Chinese Government. The Peoples Liberation Army is the largest in the world with more than 1.6 million troops. It is around 50% more than the strength of the US army and that’s saying something. Their army is now equipped with technologically advanced equipment unlike before and is truly a fearsome force to be reckoned with.
The second largest army in the world is in the hands of China’s neighbour India. With more than 1.2 million active troops it is larger than the US army but quite not near the strength of the Chinese. It is divided into mountain, infantry, and armoured and mechanised divisions and is equipped with T-72 and Arjun tanks, BMP series infantry fighting vehicles, anti-tank guided missiles, Apache helicopters, fast reconnaissance vehicles, modern individual weapons, self-propelled artillery and air defence missiles.
The US Army may be one of the most powerful and technologically advanced in the world, but when it comes to sheer size, it ranks third. It has around a million active troops that are stationed all over the world and this is what makes them powerful. They have active troops stationed in every continent for peaceful purposes and possess modern weaponry including tanks, armoured fighting vehicles, self-propelled and towed artillery, as well as missiles and rocket-launching systems.
Korean People’s Army
4th on the list is the North Korean army that is named Korean Peoples Army. Established in August 1947, it has around 950,000 troops and holds an arsenal of4,300 tanks, 2,500 armoured vehicles, 8,600 field artillery systems and 5,500 multiple rocket launchers.