UPDF now 10th strongest military in Africa


Uganda People’s Defence Forces [UPDF] is now ranked 10th strongest military power on the African continent and 91st in the world.

Global Fire Power rankings reveal world’s top 10 militaries as; United States [1], Russia [2], China [3] India [4], United Kingdom [5] France [6], South Korea [7] Germany [8], Japan [9] and Turkey [10].

Africa’s top 10 are; 1-Egypt [18 world-wide] , 2-Algeria [27 world-wide], 3-Nigeria [41 world-wide], 4-Ethiopia [46 world-wide], 5-Morocco [49 world-wide], 6-Tunisia [58 world-wide], 7-Kenya [68 world-wide], 8-Angola [76 world-wide], 9-Niger [82 world-wide] and 10-Uganda [91 world-wide].

GFP says Uganda lacks its own military-industrial base and relies on foreign-born products to stock its modest military force.

Uganda ranked 10th in Africa and 91 in the world


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: 35,918,915

Available Manpower: 14,274,710

Fit for Service: 8,513,969

Reaching Military Age Annually: 844,159]

Active Frontline Personnel: 45,000

Active Reserve Personnel: 2,000


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: 220

Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs): 1,060

Self-Propelled Guns (SPGs): 0

Towed-Artillery: 27

Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs): 26


Includes both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft from all branches of service.


Total Aircraft: 46

Fighters/Interceptors: 13

Fixed-Wing Attack Aircraft: 13

Transport Aircraft: 23

Trainer Aircraft: 10

Helicopters: 23

Attack Helicopters: 6


Aircraft Carrier value includes dedicated “helicopter carrier” vessels. Total naval strength includes all known auxiliaries as well.


Total Naval Strength: 8

Aircraft Carriers: 0

Frigates: 0

Destroyers: 0

Corvettes: 0

Submarines: 0

Coastal Defense Craft: 8

Mine Warfare: 0


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


Oil Production: 0 bbl/day

Oil Consumption: 15,500 bbl/day]

Proven Oil Reserves: 2,500,000,000 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.

Labor Force: 17,400,000

Merchant Marine Strength: 0]

Major Ports and Terminals: 0

Roadway Coverage: 20,000

Railway Coverage: 1,244

Serviceable Airports: 47


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


Defense Budget: $280,000,000

External Debt: $5,223,000,000

Reserves of Foreign Exchange and Gold: $3,579,000,000

Purchasing Power Parity: $54,370,000,000


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

Square Land Area: 241,038 km

Coastline: 0 km

Shared Border: 2,729 km

Waterways: 0 km

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