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Uzbekistan’s armed forces ranked as most powerful in Central Asia

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Uzbekistan was ranked 48th – which made it the strongest among the Central Asian states, Kazakhstan 53rd, Turkmenistan 84th, Kyrgyzstan 109th and Tajikistan 112t.

Uzbekistan’s armed forces ranked as most powerful in Central Asia

Global Firepower (GFP) recently released its annual ranking of the military powers in the world, ranking the U.S., Russia and China as the top three.

“As of 25 April 2017, there are a total of 127 countries included in the GFP database,” the statement on globalfirepower.com said.

Uzbekistan was ranked 48th – which made it the strongest among the Central Asian states, Kazakhstan 53rd, Turkmenistan 84th, Kyrgyzstan 109th and Tajikistan 112t.

“The finalized ranking relies on over 50 factors to determine a given nation’s Power Index (PwrIndx) score. This allows smaller, though more technologically ­advanced, nations to compete with larger, lesser ­developed ones. Modifiers in the form of bonuses and penalties are added to refine the list. Some things to observe in regards to the finalized ranking: • Ranking does not simply rely on the total number of weapons available to any one country but rather focuses on weapon diversity within the number totals to provide a better balance of firepower available (i.e. fielding 100 minesweepers does not equal the strategic and tactical value of fielding 10 aircraft carriers). • Nuclear stockpiles are NOT taken into account but recognized / suspected nuclear powers receive a bonus. • Geographical factors, logistical flexibility, natural resources and local industry influence the final ranking. • Available manpower is a key consideration; nations with large populations tend to rank higher. • Land­locked nations are NOT penalized for lack of a navy; naval powers ARE penalized for lack of diversity in available assets. • NATO allies receive a slight bonus due to the theoretical sharing • Current political / military leadership is NOT taken into account,” GFP notes.

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