On Sunday the US carried out a simulated military exercise in the Arabian Sea to show Washington’s “lethality and agility to respond to threat”. Iran boasts one of the most powerful militaries in the world – and the second-strongest in the Middle East – according to shock analysis by warfare experts. Global Fire Power (GFP) reviewed Iran’s military strength this year and ranked it 14 out of the 137 nations analysed so far.
The website assesses the military strength of countries using a thorough in-house generated formula, called PowerIndex score (PwrIndx).
GFP said Iran’s potential manpower totalled almost 48 million people, with a total of almost 40 million fit for service.
The total military personnel is believed to amount to an estimated 873,000 people, with 523,000 of them active and the rest believed to be reserve personnel.
The total number of Iranian military aircrafts amounts to 509, including fighter jets, attack aircraft, helicopter and transporters.
Iran’s land strength is overwhelmingly composed of 2,345 armoured fighting vehicles and 1,634 combat tanks.
Tehran can also count on 570 self-propelled artillery, 2,128 towed artillery and 1,900 rocket projectors, GFP revealed.
Lastly, Iran has a naval asset counting 398 ships, a handful fewer than the US Army, which counts a total of 415 military ships.
Among the vessels available to Tehran, there are six frigates, 34 submarines and three mine warfare.
According to GFP’s analysis, the most powerful military force in the world is the US.
Washington, in case of war, has almost 145 million people considered of available manpower, almost 120 million of whom are fit for service.
The total aircraft strength amounts to 12,398, its land strength to 6,287 combat tanks and almost 40,000 armoured fighting vehicles on top of the artillery.
Fears Iran could launch an attack against US-backed targets were fuelled last week, when on May 15 Washington urged US Government employees to leave Iraq “as soon as possible”.
This happened just days after US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, paid a surprise visit to Iraq’s capital city, Baghdad, where he warned Iranian forces were “escalating their activity” and Iraq was facing an “imminent” threat.
Tensions between Iran and the US have been surging since May 2018, when Donald Trump pulled out of the JCPOA, also known as Iran nuclear deal signed by Barack Obama in 2015, and issued sanctions against Tehran in a bid to bring its oil exports to zero.