Israel Military Power 2020-2021

World ranking: 12 

Overview

Israel seemingly came out of nowhere in the late 1940s. However it was in the making for many years. Carefully crafted by Jewish diaspora, Israel was set to succeed. With a strong lobby in the USA, Israel has enjoyed support which every other nation in the Middle East wished it had. For its size, Israel packs an enormous amount of firepower and it has proven in past conflicts that it is both willing and able to use it.

Capital: Jerusalem 

Population: 8.6 million

Defence Budget: 20.5 billion

Total Personnel: 605,000

land forces

Well known for its Merkeva tanks, the Israeli Army has an array of domestically built armoured vehicles. Well trained, the Israeli troops are offered only the best of equipment as to increase likelihood of survival. This has been reflected in Israel's counter insurgency operations. However the most important land based assets in the Israel Defence Forces is their air defence missiles. Their Iron Dome, David's Sling and Arrow systems provide an unparalleled air defence network, perhaps only second to Russia's. Although in terms of dealing with short range threats it is undoubtedly the best.

Tanks: 1,650

AFV: 10,204

MLRS: 140

SPG: 650

Air force

The Israeli Air Force also doesn't disappoint. In fact it could very well find itself in the top five in the world. With a huge fleet of modified F-16s and F-15s as well as F-35s being introduced, the Israeli Air Force easily outclasses its neighbours. Israel's drone program as well is only second to Turkey's in the Middle East. The Israeli Air Force has proven itself in the past and will continue to act as Israel's main deterrent to Iranian actions in Syria.

Fighters: 265

Attack: 25

Armed UAVs: 20

Attack Helicopters: 48

Helicopters: 146

Other: 192

Navy

The Israeli Navy is tiny yet for a good reason. It operates only 4 heavy surface combat ships, preferring to use smaller missile boats. It uses these as "swimming artillery". Though it may not be able to go toe-to-toe with a larger navy which is well trained, it has proven itself in the past against a larger but more incompetent force. Today it still serves the role of protecting the coastline, however it cannot project power throughout the Eastern Mediterranean.

Total Vessels: 65

Carriers and LHDs: 0

Destroyers: 0

Frigates: 0

Corvettes: 4

Submarines: 5

Strong points

  • Large fleet of fighters

  • Defence industry 

  • Well made conscription system

  • Excellent air defence

  • Good training

  • Good tactics

  • Unbeaten track record

  • Modern equipment

weak points

  • Manpower needs to be increased for future conflict scenarios

  • Small navy unable to protect interests in Eastern Mediterranean 

Statistics

Manpower

605,000

Tanks

1,650

AFV

10,204

MLRS

140

SPG

650

Fighters

265

Attack 

25

UCAV

20

Attack helis

48

Helicopters

146

Other

192

Total vessels

65

Carriers & LHDs

0

Destroyers

0

Frigates

0

Corvettes

4

Submarines

5