Top 10 Strongest Military in Africa in 2020

Which country has the strongest military in Africa?

Africa is a very big continent. It is the second biggest continent, following Asia. It is the home to most black people on earth and has 54 countries in it.

In this post, we’ll look into the African country with the strongest military. Only factors such as the total military personnel, total aircraft strength and total helicopter strength would be listed in this post, using the Global Firepower index. That is, the ranking of the strongest military in the world by Global Firepower.

This list of the strongest military in Africa was extracted from the ranking of the African countries by Global Firepower. If you care to know, as of the time of writing this post, the United States of America has the strongest military in the world, followed by Russia and China is third. Egypt, which came 12th in the world, has the strongest military in Africa.

There’s also a post about African countries with the strongest passport on the blog. You can read it here.

You can check out this post about the African countries with the best economy.

How strong is the military of your country? You’ll find out in the post, if it ranks in the top 10.

Now let’s dive right in…

Countries With the Strongest Military in Africa in 2020

  1. Egypt
  2. Algeria
  3. South Africa
  4. Nigeria
  5. Ethiopia
  6. Angola
  7. Morocco
  8. Sudan
  9. Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo Brazzaville)
  10. Libya

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The Strengths of the Strongest Military in Africa

1. Egypt

Egypt has the strongest military in Africa and ranks 12th in the world.

Here’s the military strength of Egypt:

  • Total military personnel: 920,000
  • Total Aircraft Strength: 1,092
  • Combat Tanks: 2,160

2. Algeria

Algeria has the second strongest military in Africa and ranks 27th in the world.

The military strengths of Algeria are:

  • Total military personnel: 280,000
  • Total Aircraft Strength: 551
  • Combat Tanks: 2,475

3. South Africa

South Africa ranks 3rd in Africa and 32nd in the world.

Military strength of South Africa:

  • Total military personnel: 81,300
  • Total Aircraft Strength: 206
  • Combat Tanks: 195

4. Nigeria

Nigeria ranks as the 4th strongest in Africa, 44th in the world.

See the military strength of Nigeria:

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  • Total military personnel: 120,000
  • Total Aircraft Strength: 131
  • Combat Tanks: 253

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5. Ethiopia

Ethiopia ranks 47th in the world and rank 5th in Africa.

Military strength:

  • Total military personnel: 140,000
  • Total Aircraft Strength: 82
  • Combat Tanks: 800

6. Angola

Angola ranks as the 6th country with the best military in Africa and ranks 58th in the world.

Here’s Angola’s military strength:

  • Total military personnel: 107,000
  • Total Aircraft Strength: 285
  • Combat Tanks: 300

7. Morocco

In the rankings of countries considered, Angola came 61st, but ranks 7th strongest in Africa.

  • Total military personnel: 346,000
  • Total Aircraft Strength: 291
  • Combat Tanks: 1,109

8. Sudan

Sudan ranks 69th in the world and 8th in Africa.

Check out the military strength of Sudan

  • Total military personnel: 189,000
  • Total Aircraft Strength: 191
  • Combat Tanks: 410

9. Democratic Republic of Congo

DRC ranks 72nd in the world and 9th in Africa.

Military strength of DRC:

  • Total military personnel: 134,000
  • Total Aircraft Strength: 41
  • Combat Tanks: 175

10. Libya

Finally on our list of countries with the strongest military in Africa is Libya. Libya ranks as the 77th country with the strongest military in the world.

Below is the military strength of Libya:

  • Total military personnel: 30,000
  • Total Aircraft Strength: 118
  • Combat Tanks: 300

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The African countries listed in this post have the best military in Africa. Where they rank in the world is also included. The world ranking shows clearly that Africa still needs a whole lot of work to do to be able to stand shoulder to shoulder with the rest of the world.

Note: 137 countries were considered in the rankings and only 34 of them are African countries. You can see the rankings of the African countries here.

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