Italy Military Power 2020-2021

World ranking: 10 

Overview

The Italian Armed Forces has largely been shaped by its geographical position. It's protected by the alps in the north, therefore it focuses mostly on maintaining security in the central Mediterranean. It maintains a military which is well equipped across all three main branches. With a capable defence industry, the Italian Military is armed with an array of modern equipment.

Capital: Rome

Population:60.36 million

Defence Budget: 28 billion

Total Personnel: 360,000

land forces

The Italian Army mainly serves as an expeditionary force. Yet unlike some European land forces, is surprisingly well equipped. It's arsenal of C1 Ariete tanks, Centauro tank destroyers, Dardo and Freccia IFVs are more than enough for Italian security concerns. With no major overseas territories, the Italian land forces is equipped well enough for its NATO missions. 

Tanks: 200

AFV: 6,947

MLRS: 21

SPG: 54

Air force

The Italian Air Force has been heavily rearming int he last decade. With a fleet consisting of three types of multi role jets as well as the AMX International purely for ground attack purposes the Italian Air Force is more than capable of enforcing security in the central Mediterranean. With the introduction of over 70 F-35s the Italy will have impressive air capabilities.  

Fighters: 99

Attack: 110

Armed UAVs: 34

Attack Helicopters: 59

Helicopters: 439

Other: 246

Navy

The Italian Navy is key for Italy's security. This is reflected in it's fleet composition. With two carriers, three LPDs, four destroyers, twelve frigates and eight submarines, the Italian navy has complete superiority in the central Mediterranean. Though the carriers and LPDs are the largest ships in the fleet, the Orizzonte class frigate is the greatest asset in the Italian Navy. There is no doubt that the Italian Navy is one of the most modern and well equipped in not only the Mediterranean but the world. It's strength is growing with the addition of the F-35B.

Total Vessels: 249

Carriers and LHDs: 2

Destroyers: 4

Frigates: 12

Corvettes: 0

Submarines: 8

Strong points

  • Technological capabilities 

  • Very capable defence industry

  • Exceptional training

  • Force projection capabilities are excellent

  • Amazing naval capabilities

  • Has five ships which can host multiple aircraft

  • A good mix of fighters and attack aircraft  

weak points

  • Land forces could use more equipment if the country is to attempt unilateral deployments t 

  • Navy is strong but could use more heavy vessels particularly corvettes.

Statistics

Manpower

360,000

Tanks

200

AFV

6,947

MLRS

21

SPG

54

Fighters

99

Attack 

110

UCAV

34

Attack helis

59

Helicopters

439

Other

246

Total vessels

249

Carriers & LHDs

2

Destroyers

4

Frigates

12

Corvettes

0

Submarines

8