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Iran

National Flag: Iran 34a9d3679d588b7ba462dc0a0a6b1cb8b377a1f84d7145a9fbec76d2a7867846

Sub Region: Western Asia

Official Armed Forces Name: Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran


General Information

Category Quantity International Ranking
Geography  
Land Area (km2) 1,648,195.0 16
Population  
Population 78,874,300 18
Labor Force 28,400,000 21
Economy  
GDP Nominal (millions of USD) 412,304 27
GDP PPP (millions of USD) 1,439,295 18
GDP Nominal Per Capita (USD) 5,227 61
GDP PPP Per Capita (USD) 18,248 53
Financial Reserves (millions of USD) 135,500 15
Military Personnel  
Active Personnel 523,000 8
Paramilitary Personnel 523,000 34
Military Reservists 350,000 17
Military Spending  
Nominal Military Spending (millions of USD) 15,882 15
PPP Military Spending (millions of USD) 55,442 7
Nominal Military Spending Per Active Soldier (USD) 30,367 59
PPP Military Spending Per Active Soldier (USD) 106,007 43
Infrastructure  
Roadway Length (km) 198,866 26
Railway Length (km) 8,442 24
Number of Airports 319 20
Human Development Index (HDI) 0.766 47
Oil  
Oil Production (bbl/day) 3,236,000 7
Oil Consumption (bbl/day) 1,885,000 12
Proven Oil Reserves (bbl) 157,800,000,000 4
Merchant Marine  
Merchant Marine Ship Quantity 76 37
Nuclear Warheads  
Nuclear Warhead Quantity 0 10
Calculated Military Scores  
Combined Force Projection 3,217 20
Land Power 13,789 15
Air Power 9,238 19
Sea Power 4,573 34
Transport Power 18,875 31
Total War Potential 2,817 32

Force Branches

Land Forces  
Air Defense Forces Islamic Republic of Iran Air Defense Forces
Airborne Force 55th Parachute Division (Iran)
Land Based Missile Force Islamic Republic of Iran Land Based Missile Force
Main Army Iranian Ground Force
Marine Corps Islamic Republic of Iran Navy and Revolutionary Guard Marine Corps
Special Forces Islamic Republic of Iran Special Forces
Air Forces  
Army Aviation Islamic Republic of Iran Army Aviation
Main Air Force Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force
Naval Aviation Islamic Republic of Iran Navy Aviation
Sea Forces  
Main Navy Islamic Republic of Iran Navy and Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy

Military Assets

Category Quantity International Ranking
Total Main Battle Tanks 1,663 12
4th Generation Main Battle Tanks 0 2
3rd Generation Main Battle Tanks 150 26
2nd Generation Main Battle Tanks 805 11
1st Generation Main Battle Tanks 708 9
Light Tanks 80 14
Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicles 35 61
Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicles 610 18
Armoured Personnel Carriers 640 32
Self-propelled Howitzers 362 17
Self-propelled Multiple Rocket Launchers 195 14
Self-propelled Mortar Carriers 0 27
Anti-tank Missile Carriers 0 30
Self-propelled Anti-tank Guns 0 8
Self-propelled Anti-ballistic Missile SAM Launchers 0 2
Self-propelled Long Range SAM Launchers (Limited ABM) 8 9
Self-propelled Medium Range SAM Launchers 0 9
Self-propelled Short Range SAM Launchers 279 4
Self-propelled Anti-aircraft Guns 180 9
Self-propelled Gun/SAM Hybrid Systems 0 13
Towed Howitzers 2,030 8
Towed Multiple Rocket Launchers 1,400 2
Towed Mortars 5,000 4
Recoilless Guns 200 19
Towed Anti-tank Guns 0 17
Towed Anti-ballistic Missile SAM Launchers 0 3
Towed Long Range SAM Launchers (Limited ABM) 10 14
Towed Medium Range SAM Launchers 195 6
Towed Short Range SAM Launchers 45 3
Towed Anti-aircraft Guns 1,984 7
Towed Anti-aircraft Gun/SAM Hybrid Systems 0 1
Mobile Ballistic Missile Launchers 24 12
Silo Based Missiles 10 5
Total Aircraft 958 12
Total Fighter Aircraft 219 16
5th Generation Fighter Aircraft 0 7
4th Generation Fighter Aircraft 79 24
3rd Generation Fighter Aircraft 116 7
1st and 2nd Generation Fighter Aircraft 24 11
Ground Attack Aircraft 10 21
Strategic Bombers 0 5
Anti-submarine and Maritime Patrol Aircraft 130 1
Heavy Transport/Tanker Aircraft 12 10
Medium Transport/Tanker Aircraft 30 11
Light Transport/Tanker Aircraft 111 5
Early Warning Aircraft 0 14
Military Passenger Aircraft 40 6
Trainer Aircraft 111 17
Total Helicopters 289 12
Attack Helicopters 50 11
Non-Attack Helicopters 239 14
Combat Support Aircraft 6 24
Total Navy Displacement (metric tons) 92,172 19
Total Ships 204 6
Aircraft Carriers 0 5
Battleship/Battlecruisers 0 2
Cruisers 0 4
Destroyers 0 12
Frigates 6 12
Corvettes 2 14
Amphibious Assault Ships (LHD/LHAs) 0 5
Landing Platform/Dock (LPDs) 0 7
Landing Ship/Dock (LSDs) 0 5
Tank Landing Ships (LST/LSMs) 4 7
Landing Crafts 11 25
Mine Warfare Ships 5 18
Patrol Ships 176 3
Total Submarines 31 5
Ballistic Missile Submarines 0 6
Nuclear Attack Submarines 0 7
Conventional Attack Submarines 4 11
Coastal and Midget Submarines 27 2

Satellites

Category Quantity International Ranking
Communications 0 9
Navigation/Positioning/Time 0 5
Meteorology/Oceanography 0 2
Intelligence/Surveillance/Reconnaissance 0 8
Electronic Intelligence/Signal Intelligence 0 4
Space Surveillance 0 3
Early Warning 0 3

Coast Guard Assets

Category Quantity International Ranking
Large Patrol Ships 0 12
Medium Patrol Ships 0 15
Small Patrol Ships 0 45
Fixed Wing Aircraft 0 13
Helicopters 0 14

Ice Breakers

Category Quantity International Ranking
Quantity 0 8


Database sources: The Military Balance 2017, wikipedia.com, CIA World Factbook, as well as other online sources.