Through necessity, South Korea has become a military powerhouse. Despite having a population of only 51 million it maintain's one of the largest standing army's on the planet. Its high budget and aid from the US ensures that it remains a formidable foe to the threat to the north.
Population: 51.54 million
Defence Budget: 42 billion
Total Personnel: 3,680,000
Although geographically small, South Korea has a very large and modern ground force. Many of its vehicles are both domestically made and highly advanced. The large amount of artillery in South Korea's arsenal deters China and North Korea from attempting an incursion into the south in the case of a war.
The South Korean Air Force is well equipped with its assortment of multirole jets. It's highly capable F-16s and F-15Ks are being supplemented with F-35s, meaning that South Korea will have US Air Force capabilities right on the doorstep of China. South Korea's highly trained pilots combined with its fleet of advanced aircraft make it a force to be reckoned with.
Armed UAVs: 0
Attack Helicopters: 112
Just like the other branches, South Korea's Navy does not disappoint. With ships like the KDX-III destroyers and the Dokdo-class LPHs, the South Korean navy packs a formidable punch.
Total Vessels: 233
Carriers and LHDs: 2
Quality throughout all areas
Defence industry excels in certain areas
Training is great
Although the troop nuumbers are high, South Korea's overall population is low