Global Firepower has published a ranking of countries by the number of battle tanks for 2023 -Where does Greece rank ?

Ukraine Leopard 2A5 main battle tank during teaching and combat demonstration. ©Bundeswehr/Modes

According to Global Firepower, there are 63 countries have over 200 tanks each. To find the country with the most tanks, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed Global Firepower’s Tank Strength by Country (2022). Greece is ranked 19th with 1365 tanks.

Greece is the largest user of Leopard 1 tanks, having over 500 Leopard 1A5 GR MBTs as well as many ST, Biber and Leguan versions.

Interestingly, the country with the largest military is not among those with the most tanks. 24/7 Wall St. research shows that India has the largest army with 3,045,000 personnel and a budget of $72.9 billion.

World Combat Tanks
World Combat Tanks

The (Hellenic) Greek Army

The US military website, Global Firepower (GFP), which specializes in ranking military forces, has ranked Greece 30th out of 145 countries for the year 2023.

For 2023, Turkey was ranked 11th among the 145 countries that did the review.

Each country was assessed individually and in groups and processed through an internal formula to generate strength index scores.

Turkish-Greek ties have spiralled downward since Erdogan announced that he “wrote off” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis for lobbying against the sale of F-16 fighters to Turkey in the US Congress in May. Since then, fiery rhetoric on both sides, accusations of sea and airspace violations, military maneuvers that exclude each other and confrontations at international gatherings have become recurrent in the bilateral ties.

Greece was also sending leopard-2 to Ukraine but recently Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that his country would not send its German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine because "they are absolutely necessary for (Greece's) defense posture."

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