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Kuwait

National Flag: Kuwait 212809ff81460e5feb036337dc2f3ee90e379d5b7e5fb446ab5f55c56d625d35

Sub Region: Western Asia

Official Armed Forces Name: Kuwait Armed Forces


General Information

Category Quantity International Ranking
Geography  
Land Area (km2) 17,818.0 106
Population  
Population 4,183,658 97
Labor Force 2,397,000 90
Economy  
GDP Nominal (millions of USD) 118,271 59
GDP PPP (millions of USD) 309,640 54
GDP Nominal Per Capita (USD) 28,270 23
GDP PPP Per Capita (USD) 74,012 3
Financial Reserves (millions of USD) 33,130 47
Military Personnel  
Active Personnel 16,000 81
Paramilitary Personnel 16,000 50
Military Reservists 24,000 46
Military Spending  
Nominal Military Spending (millions of USD) 5,710 35
PPP Military Spending (millions of USD) 14,949 30
Nominal Military Spending Per Active Soldier (USD) 356,875 3
PPP Military Spending Per Active Soldier (USD) 934,318 2
Infrastructure  
Roadway Length (km) 6,608 107
Railway Length (km) 0 102
Number of Airports 7 89
Human Development Index (HDI) 0.816 38
Oil  
Oil Production (bbl/day) 2,619,000 10
Oil Consumption (bbl/day) 467,000 34
Proven Oil Reserves (bbl) 104,000,000,000 6
Merchant Marine  
Merchant Marine Ship Quantity 34 50
Nuclear Warheads  
Nuclear Warhead Quantity 0 10
Calculated Military Scores  
Combined Force Projection 2,223 29
Land Power 15,351 14
Air Power 4,487 32
Sea Power 863 56
Transport Power 4,781 60
Total War Potential 2,091 40

Force Branches

Land Forces  
Air Defense Forces Kuwaiti Air Defense Forces
Land Based Missile Force Kuwaiti Land Based Missile Force
Main Army Kuwaiti Army
Special Forces Kuwaiti Special Forces
Air Forces  
Main Air Force Kuwait Air Force
Sea Forces  
Coast Guard Kuwaiti Coast Guard
Ice Breaker Fleet Kuwaiti Ice Breaker Fleet
Main Navy Kuwaiti Navy

Military Assets

Category Quantity International Ranking
Total Main Battle Tanks 368 33
4th Generation Main Battle Tanks 0 2
3rd Generation Main Battle Tanks 368 13
2nd Generation Main Battle Tanks 0 55
1st Generation Main Battle Tanks 0 39
Light Tanks 0 33
Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicles 11 72
Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicles 432 24
Armoured Personnel Carriers 300 57
Self-propelled Howitzers 106 28
Self-propelled Multiple Rocket Launchers 27 46
Self-propelled Mortar Carriers 0 27
Anti-tank Missile Carriers 74 14
Self-propelled Anti-tank Guns 0 8
Self-propelled Anti-ballistic Missile SAM Launchers 0 2
Self-propelled Long Range SAM Launchers (Limited ABM) 40 4
Self-propelled Medium Range SAM Launchers 0 9
Self-propelled Short Range SAM Launchers 0 40
Self-propelled Anti-aircraft Guns 0 34
Self-propelled Gun/SAM Hybrid Systems 0 13
Towed Howitzers 0 89
Towed Multiple Rocket Launchers 0 10
Towed Mortars 78 72
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) 0 17
Towed Medium Range SAM Launchers 12 18
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 116 69
Total Fighter Aircraft 39 50
5th Generation Fighter Aircraft 0 10
4th Generation Fighter Aircraft 39 37
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 2 16
Medium Transport/Tanker Aircraft 6 29
Light Transport/Tanker Aircraft 0 49
Early Warning Aircraft 0 13
Military Passenger Aircraft 0 28
Trainer Aircraft 27 49
Total Helicopters 42 58
Attack Helicopters 16 30
Non-Attack Helicopters 26 70
Combat Support Aircraft 0 30
Total Navy Displacement (metric tons) 6,000 66
Total Ships 20 49
Aircraft Carriers 0 5
Battleship/Battlecruisers 0 2
Cruisers 0 4
Destroyers 0 12
Frigates 0 18
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 0 23
Patrol Ships 20 32
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 32 25
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.