Germany Military Power 2020-2021

World ranking: 13 

Overview

Despite being funded by one of the largest economies in the world, the Bundeswehr is reluctant to grow to its full potential. Perhaps this is due to its stable surroundings... Or more controversially, it could be to avoid bringing back certain memories. Regardless the Bundeswehr is still one of the most powerful militaries in the world.

Capital: Berlin

Population: 83.02 million

Defence Budget: 49.3 billion

Total Personnel: 210,000

land forces

The German Army undeniably has some of the best armoured vehicles ever made. The Leopard 2A7, which is arguably one of the best tanks in the world is the only MBT in the German Army. With Puma IFVs and Boxer APCs to accompany the Leopards, there is no doubt that the German Army's selection of vehicles is both modern and highly advanced. 

Tanks: 427

AFV: 4,578

MLRS: 38

SPG: 108

Air force

Germany has the second most Eurofighters after Britain. Along with the Eurofighters there are ageing Panavia Tornados, 68 of which are interdictor/strike variants and 21 electronic combat/recon variants. Because Germany lacks a policy of its own, it merely tags along in NATO missions. The last time the German Air Force was put to work was during bombing operations against ISIS using Panavia Tornados.

Fighters: 128

Attack: 74

Armed UAVs: 0

Attack Helicopters: 56

Helicopters: 386

Other: 137

Navy

The German Navy may often be overlooked. However it should not be underestimated. The Baden-Wurttemberg class frigates are the heaviest in the world. They are specifically designed for sea-to-land attacks. Other notable vessels include the Type 212 submarines and Braunschweig corvettes. Together these form a formidable albeit somewhat small navy.

Total Vessels: 80

Carriers and LHDs: 0

Destroyers: 0

Frigates: 9

Corvettes: 5

Submarines: 6

Strong points

  • Defence industry​​ is very capable

  • Land forces have very modern equipment

  • Good training

  • New frigates have boosted naval capabilities 

weak points

  • Needs new stealth fighters

  • limited combat experience 

Statistics

Manpower

210,000

Tanks

427

AFV

4,578

MLRS

38

SPG

108

Fighters

128

Attack 

74

UCAV

0

Attack helis

56

Helicopters

386

Other

137

Total vessels

80

Carriers & LHDs

0

Destroyers

0

Frigates

9

Corvettes

5

Submarines

6