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Belgium

National Flag: Belgium 5bdb4a1789b690195f3a6190afd43af39f08516d36709342cd8c801896556dcb

Sub Region: Western Europe

Official Armed Forces Name: Belgian Armed Forces


General Information

Category Quantity International Ranking
Geography  
Land Area (km2) 30,528.0 101
Population  
Population 11,280,134 67
Labor Force 5,237,000 62
Economy  
GDP Nominal (millions of USD) 491,672 25
GDP PPP (millions of USD) 529,289 37
GDP Nominal Per Capita (USD) 43,587 14
GDP PPP Per Capita (USD) 46,922 18
Financial Reserves (millions of USD) 23,570 52
Military Personnel  
Active Personnel 29,000 71
Paramilitary Personnel 29,000 52
Military Reservists 0 57
Military Spending  
Nominal Military Spending (millions of USD) 4,254 41
PPP Military Spending (millions of USD) 4,579 56
Nominal Military Spending Per Active Soldier (USD) 146,689 21
PPP Military Spending Per Active Soldier (USD) 157,913 28
Infrastructure  
Roadway Length (km) 154,012 31
Railway Length (km) 3,233 51
Number of Airports 41 73
Human Development Index (HDI) 0.890 14
Oil  
Oil Production (bbl/day) 0 82
Oil Consumption (bbl/day) 618,700 30
Proven Oil Reserves (bbl) 0 82
Merchant Marine  
Merchant Marine Ship Quantity 87 35
Nuclear Warheads  
Nuclear Warhead Quantity 0 10
Calculated Military Scores  
Combined Force Projection 528 62
Land Power 373 94
Air Power 3,011 39
Sea Power 780 57
Transport Power 10,338 41
Total War Potential 1,667 46

Force Branches

Land Forces  
Air Defense Forces Belgian Air Defense Forces
Airborne Force Light Brigade (Belgium)
Land Based Missile Force Belgian Land Based Missile Force
Main Army Belgian Land Component
Special Forces Belgian Special Forces Group
Air Forces  
Main Air Force Belgian Air Component
Naval Aviation Belgian Naval Aviation
Sea Forces  
Main Navy Belgian Naval Component

Military Assets

Category Quantity International Ranking
Total Main Battle Tanks 0 86
4th Generation Main Battle Tanks 0 2
3rd Generation Main Battle Tanks 0 52
2nd Generation Main Battle Tanks 0 55
1st Generation Main Battle Tanks 0 39
Light Tanks 0 33
Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicles 0 77
Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicles 0 75
Armoured Personnel Carriers 160 73
Self-propelled Howitzers 0 65
Self-propelled Multiple Rocket Launchers 0 60
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) 0 11
Self-propelled Medium Range SAM Launchers 0 9
Self-propelled Short Range SAM Launchers 45 20
Self-propelled Anti-aircraft Guns 0 34
Self-propelled Gun/SAM Hybrid Systems 0 13
Towed Howitzers 14 82
Towed Multiple Rocket Launchers 0 10
Towed Mortars 91 67
Recoilless Guns 0 33
Towed Anti-tank Guns 0 17
Towed Anti-ballistic Missile SAM Launchers 0 3
Towed Long Range SAM Launchers (Limited ABM) 0 17
Towed Medium Range SAM Launchers 0 22
Towed Short Range SAM Launchers 0 10
Towed Anti-aircraft Guns 0 55
Towed Anti-aircraft Gun/SAM Hybrid Systems 0 1
Mobile Ballistic Missile Launchers 0 20
Silo Based Missiles 0 7
Total Aircraft 187 52
Total Fighter Aircraft 59 42
5th Generation Fighter Aircraft 0 10
4th Generation Fighter Aircraft 59 31
3rd Generation Fighter Aircraft 0 40
1st and 2nd Generation Fighter Aircraft 0 21
Ground Attack Aircraft 0 27
Strategic Bombers 0 5
Anti-submarine and Maritime Patrol Aircraft 0 23
Heavy Transport/Tanker Aircraft 0 18
Medium Transport/Tanker Aircraft 11 24
Light Transport/Tanker Aircraft 0 49
Early Warning Aircraft 0 13
Military Passenger Aircraft 8 20
Trainer Aircraft 61 31
Total Helicopters 36 62
Attack Helicopters 0 43
Non-Attack Helicopters 36 63
Combat Support Aircraft 12 19
Total Navy Displacement (metric tons) 9,940 57
Total Ships 9 60
Aircraft Carriers 0 5
Battleship/Battlecruisers 0 2
Cruisers 0 4
Destroyers 0 12
Frigates 2 16
Corvettes 0 16
Amphibious Assault Ships (LHD/LHAs) 0 5
Landing Platform/Dock (LPDs) 0 7
Landing Ship/Dock (LSDs) 0 5
Tank Landing Ships (LST/LSMs) 0 11
Landing Crafts 0 36
Mine Warfare Ships 6 17
Patrol Ships 1 51
Total Submarines 0 20
Ballistic Missile Submarines 0 5
Nuclear Attack Submarines 0 7
Conventional Attack Submarines 0 15
Coastal and Midget Submarines 0 5

Satellites

Category Quantity International Ranking
Communications 0 9
Navigation/Positioning/Time 0 5
Meteorology/Oceanography 0 2
Intelligence/Surveillance/Reconnaissance 0 10
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 2018, wikipedia.com, CIA World Factbook, as well as other online sources.