UK Military Power 2020-2021

World ranking: 9 

Overview

At the beginning of the 20th century, the UK was undoubtedly the most powerful country on earth. It had an empire which held territory in every continent and was seen as an unstoppable force. However after both World Wars it was knocked back as it watched it's own ally, the US, rise to dominance. Despite its downfall in power, the UK can still project force globally, as seen in the Falklands War. Any threats to its overseas territories can be met with lethal force.

Capital: London

Population: 66.65 million

Defence Budget: 48.7 billion

Total Personnel: 276,000

land forces

The British Army is capable and well trained. However its arsenal of land vehicles are in dire need of an upgrade. The Challenger 2 is one of the most well protected tanks in the world. However even it is in need of an upgrade. The Warrior, which is the main AFV in the British Armed Forces lacks the ability to fire when moving, giving it a disadvantage which cannot be overlooked. These wouldn't be problems if the British Army had a huge amount of vehicles. However because the British Military is a small force which relies on quality over quantity, the vehicles of the land forces must have a technological edge over any foes in order to reduce unnecessary losses.

Tanks: 227

AFV: 5,000

MLRS: 35

SPG: 89

Air force

The Royal Air Force has consistently remained as one of the worlds top air forces. Although it currently has approximately 140 active Eurofighter Typhoons, soon it'll receive its order of 138 F-35s, giving it an incredible fleet of 4.5 and 5th gen fighters. As always, British training is top notch and combined with its growing fleet it will be a force to be reckoned with.

Fighters: 133

Attack: 15

Armed UAVs: 10

Attack Helicopters: 49

Helicopters: 312

Other: 271

Navy

The Royal Navy is what Britain is known for and it is as formidable as ever. With four ballistic missile submarines, and six other nuclear powered submarines, a large fleet of guided missile destroyers and frigates combined with its two new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers and its two LPDs, the Royal Navy can project power far and wide. It is undoubtedly the most important branch for Britain's security and interests.

Total Vessels: 88

Carriers and LHDs: 2

Destroyers: 6

Frigates: 13

Corvettes: 0

Submarines: 10

Strong points

  • Technological capabilities 

  • Very capable defence industry

  • Exceptional training

  • US backing

  • Impressive equipment standards

  • Amazing naval abilities 

  • Force projection capabilities are excellent

weak points

  • Land forces could use more equipment

  • Land forces require modernised or new vehicles 

  • Cannot sustain large troop loss without public backlash

Statistics

Manpower

276,000

Tanks

227

AFV

5,000

MLRS

35

SPG

89

Fighters

133

Attack 

15

UCAV

10

Attack helis

49

Helicopters

312

Other

271

Total vessels

88

Carriers & LHDs

2

Destroyers

6

Frigates

13

Corvettes

0

Submarines

10