General News of Sunday, 25 November 2018
Ghana has been ranked 107th among 136 countries in the 2018 World military strength.
The report titled, Global Firepower’s 2018 Military Strength Ranking utilizes more than 55 factors to determine a given nation’s score.
According to data from Global FirePower (GFP), Ghana’s total population of 27,499,924 has 13,500 active personnel and a total aircraft strength of 24 (comprising 14 helicopters) and it operates a defence budget of $120 million.
The West African country was also found to have a total of 20 naval assets including 11 patrol vessels.
It will be recalled that a similar report by the GFP on the world’s largest armies in July 2018 ranked Ghana 108th out of 136 countries.
The highest ranked African country was Egypt (12th) followed by Algeria (23rd), South Africa (33rd), Nigeria (43rd) and Angola (48th).
Ghana also lagged behind Ethiopia (51st), Morocco (55th), Sudan (70th), Libya (74th), Tunisia (77th), Zimbabwe (81st), Zambia (83rd), Kenya (85th), Uganda (93rd), Tanzania (98th) and Botswana (103rd).
The ranking focuses on the diversity of weapons in a country’s arsenal rather than the total number of weapons available.
The ranking also takes into account available manpower, geography, logistical capacity, available natural resources, and the status of local industry.
It did not penalise land-locked nations for lacking a standing navy; however, naval powers were penalised for a lack of diversity in available assets.
The ranking also considered a nation’s financial stability/health while NATO allies received bonus points for the sharing of war-making resources.
Current political/military leadership was not taken into account.
The GFP ranked the United States as the strongest army in the world, followed by Russia, China, India and France respectively.