According to the Global Firepower Index, Morocco’s military is a force to be reckoned with in the region.
Rabat – The Global Firepower Index, a military strength ranking, put the Moroccan military in the 61st position out of 137 countries worldwide. The ranking also placed Morocco at sixth in Africa.
However, the kingdom lost six positions compared to the 2018 rankings when it ranked 55th.
Morocco earned a score of 0.8244. The closer the score is to zero, the stronger the army.
On the global scale, the United States has the strongest military, followed by Russia, China, India, France, and Japan.
Morocco had the best score for its airpower. According to the index, Morocco has the 35th strongest air arsenal in the world.
In terms of military spending, Morocco ranked 51st in the world and 8th in the MENA region, with $3.4 billion spent in 2019.
Saudi Arabia is the country that spends the most on its military in the Arab world, and the third globally, followed by the UAE (16th globally) and Algeria (21st).
The index also states that 50% of the Moroccan population falls within the age range for military service.
Today, the Moroccan army has 346,000 soldiers, 196,000 on active service and 150,000 in reserve.
Morocco’s air force owns 291 aircrafts, including fighter jets, transport and training aircraft, and helicopters.
The land army boasts 1,109 tanks, 2,720 armored combat vehicles, 530 self-propelled artillery units, 198 towable artillery units, and 72 missile launchers available. Finally, the Moroccan navy owns 6 frigates, a warship, 121 naval combat aircraft, 22 military vehicles, and 5 major military ports.
Global military spending exceeded $17 trillion in 2019, according to the index, and the United States ranked first with $716 billion spent on its army.