Ethiopia: 2nd Most Powerful Military Power in African


2nd Strongst army in Africa and 28th Globally

Somalilandsun – Recently the website Global Firepower ranked 68 countries by their military strength in 2013. Seven countries from Africa made the list but Uganda never did no matter the praises that it has one of the well-trained armies on the continent. Not even its role in African peacekeeping forces put it any close while Egypt was ranked #1 in Africa followed closely by Ethiopia.

Ethiopia was ranked 28 globally and 2nd on the African continent as a result of its large population and the long independence from colonisation. Its military is made up of an army and an air force. Earlier this year it was reported that the Ethiopian military had developed their first drone (unmanned aerial vehicle); a military technology most often associated with the United States.

The values showcased below are all considered for the final GFP ranking recognized as the “Power Index” (abbrv: “PwrIndx”). PwrIndx scores are judged on a perfect value of “0.0000” which is realistically unattainable due to the number of factors considered per country. Bonuses and penalties are added to each nation (as needed) while landlocked countries (ex: Austria) are not penalized for lack of a standing navy.

A total of 106 countries make up the GFP ranked list.


PwrIndx: 1.3229

38,794,315 youthful Manpower available


Going beyond military equipment totals and perceived fighting strength is the actual manpower that drives a given military. Wars of attrition favor those with more.

• Total Population: 93,877,025

• Available Manpower: 38,794,315

• Fit for Service: 24,757,344

• Reaching Military Age Annually: 1,949,125]

• Active Frontline Personnel: 182,500

• Active Reserve Personnel: 0

The Ethiopian Army posseses 560


Tank value includes Main Battle Tanks, light tanks and tank destroyers, either wheeled or tracked. AFV value includes Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) and Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs).

• Tanks: 560

• Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs): 780

• Self-Propelled Guns (SPGs): 195

• Towed-Artillery: 1,170

• Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs): 183

Ethiopian made drone


Includes both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft from all branches of service. All aircraft types accounted (UAVs, gunships, special mission, naval/carrier, trainers, etc).

• Total Aircraft: 81

• Fighters/Interceptors: 24

• Fixed-Wing Attack Aircraft: 14

• Transport Aircraft: 19

• Trainer Aircraft: 11

• Helicopters: 39

• Attack Helicopters: 8


Despite the advances made in battlefield technology, oil remains the lifeblood of any fighting force.

• Oil Production: 100 bbl/day

• Oil Consumption: 50,000 bbl/day]

• Proven Oil Reserves: 430,000 bbl/day


War is as much a battle of logistics – moving man and machine from points all over – as it is direct combat. Labor Force reflects possible wartime industry strength.

High Speed railways under construction

• Labor Force: 44,020,000

• Merchant Marine Strength: 8]

• Major Ports and Terminals: 2

• Roadway Coverage: 36,469

• Railway Coverage: 681

• Serviceable Airports: 57


Regardless of military strength in numbers, war is still driven by financing as much as any one leader or weapon.

• Defense Budget: $340,000,000

• External Debt: $10,030,000,000

• Reserves of Foreign Exchange and Gold: $3,272,000,000

• Purchasing Power Parity: $109,000,000,000


Geographical values primarily figure into a defensive-minded war (i.e. invasion).

• Square Land Area: 1,104,300 km

• Coastline: 0 km

• Shared Border: 5,328 km

• Waterways: 104,300 km

Partial Sources:, CIA World Factbook,, public domain print and media sources and user contributions. Some values may be estimated when official sources are lacking.

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