ASEAN Countries with the Largest Air Force
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  Overview

ASEAN, or the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, is an alliance of 10 nations in Southeast Asia. It is both an economic and political alliance and is increasingly caught up in the geo-political tensions between USA and China.

Which ASEAN country has the largest air force?
The ASEAN country with the largest air force is Thailand with a total of 190 war planes and attack choppers. At second and third, are Myanmar with 182 aircrafts and Singapore with 151 aircrafts.
The average air force size (planes and helicopters) of the countries in ASEAN is around 98.8 aircrafts.

 Compare Thailand with Indonesia


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Planes. Myanmar has the most number of war planes - at 155 planes. Average size of war plane fleet among countries in ASEAN is around 71.2 planes.

Attack Helicopters. Thailand and Vietnam have the largest attack chopper fleets (47 helicopters) among ASEAN countries. On average, ASEAN countries have an attack chopper fleet size of 27.6 helicopters.


These are the ASEAN countries with the largest air forces:

Thailand.

Royal Thai Armed Forces 2018 (Credit: Youtube/The Marine)

Thailand allocates about 1.30% of its GDP (estimated at US$7,315M) for its defence budget.

Thailand has a military of 699,550 personnel, with 360,850 active, 200,000 in reserve and 138,700 from paramilitary forces, making up 10.2 military personnel per 1000 in population.

On land, Thailand has a mobile force of 288 tanks. For aerial defence, Thailand has an air force of 143 military aircrafts and 47 attack helicopters.

Thailand has a naval fleet of 19 vessels, including 1 aircraft carriers. Rounding up the fleet of warships are 10 frigates and 7 corvettes.

 

 Compare Thailand with India

 Compare Thailand with Cambodia


Myanmar.

Myanmar Military Power (Credit: Youtube/MM Global News)

Myanmar has a military of 513,000 personnel, with 406,000 active and 107,000 from paramilitary forces, making up 9.2 military personnel per 1000 in population.

On land, Myanmar has a mobile force of 185 tanks. For aerial defence, Myanmar has an air force of 155 military aircrafts and 27 attack helicopters.

Other offensive warships in the naval arsenal include 4 frigates and 2 corvettes.

 

 Compare Myanmar with Tajikistan

 Compare Myanmar with Singapore


Singapore.

Singapore Defence Strategy: The country spends more than $11 billion a year (Credit: TRT World)

The defence budget of Singapore is estimated at US$11,211M at around 3.20% of its GDP. Its percentage of GDP allocated to defence spending is the third-highest in Asia.

Singapore has a military of 310,900 personnel, with 51,000 active, 252,500 in reserve and 7,400 from paramilitary forces, making up 51.9 military personnel per 1000 in population.

On land, Singapore has a mobile force of 96 tanks. For aerial defence, Singapore has an air force of 126 military aircrafts and 25 attack helicopters.

Singapore has a naval fleet of 22 vessels, including 6 non-nuclear submarines. The naval fleet also possesses numerous warships, including 6 frigates and 6 corvettes.

 

 Compare Singapore with Turkmenistan

 Compare Singapore with Thailand


Vietnam.

Vietnam Armed forces 2020 (Credit: Manconst Channel)

Vietnam's military force is the third-largest in the world. With a 5,522,000-strong military, Vietnam has a per-capita ratio of 108.4 military personnel per 1000 in population. Its total military consists of 482,000 active personnel and 5,040,000 from paramilitary forces. Its per-capita military is the third-highest in Asia.

On land, Vietnam has a mobile force of 1,800 tanks. For aerial defence, Vietnam has an air force of 97 military aircrafts and 47 attack helicopters.

Vietnam has a naval fleet of 14 vessels, including 6 non-nuclear submarines. The naval fleet also possesses numerous warships, including 2 frigates and 6 corvettes.

 

 Compare Vietnam with Brunei

 Compare Vietnam with Thailand


Indonesia.

Indonesia has a military of 1,075,500 personnel, with 395,500 active, 400,000 in reserve and 280,000 from paramilitary forces, making up 4.1 military personnel per 1000 in population.

On land, Indonesia has a mobile force of 378 tanks. For aerial defence, Indonesia has an air force of 97 military aircrafts and 45 attack helicopters.

Indonesia has a naval fleet of 36 vessels, including 2 non-nuclear submarines. The naval fleet also possesses numerous warships, including 11 frigates and 18 corvettes.

 

 Compare Indonesia with Taiwan

 Compare Indonesia with Myanmar


Malaysia.

Malaysian Armed Forces 2018 (Credit: Youtube/The Marine)

Malaysia allocates about 1% of its GDP (estimated at US$3,769M) for its defence budget.

Malaysia has a military that is composed of 113,000 active personnel, 51,600 in reserve and 267,200 from paramilitary forces, totalling 431,800 or 13.6 military personnel per 1000 in population.

On land, Malaysia has a mobile force of 48 tanks. For aerial defence, Malaysia has an air force of 67 military aircrafts and 32 attack helicopters.

Malaysia has a naval fleet of 16 vessels, including 2 non-nuclear submarines. Rounding up the fleet of warships are 10 frigates and 4 corvettes.

 

 Compare Malaysia with Cambodia

 Compare Malaysia with Thailand


Philippines.

Philippine Armed Forces 2017 (Credit: Youtube/The Marine)

The defence budget of Philippines is estimated at US$3,472M at around 1% of its GDP.

Philippines has a military that is composed of 143,100 active personnel, 131,000 in reserve and 62,300 from paramilitary forces, totalling 336,400 or 3.2 military personnel per 1000 in population.

For aerial defence, Philippines has an air force of 22 military aircrafts and 27 attack helicopters.

 

 Compare Philippines with Sri Lanka

 Compare Philippines with Tajikistan


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