When thinking about the countries with the strongest armies of the world, big countries like USA, Russia, China and England generally come to mind. China, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand stand out when we deal specifically with South Asia. But there is another army that has the best air force and navy in the region and is considered one of the most powerful in the world: Singapore.
When a debate about the forces of the armed forces in the world begins, in general, the pointer is shifting towards the possibility of access to technological developments and nuclear weapons technology. In this context, the surplus number of soldiers of the ancestor today is a criterion that does not mean anything in a sense.
Development in military technology also influences the international influence of the countries. In this type of technology, we can say the countries that made the greatest increase in recent years, especially the Asian countries. Among them, Russia, especially in countries such as China, India, Indonesia have often been able to talk about. But there is a country that has a very high army power compared to just 5 million in size: Singapore.
Since winning independence from Singapore, the military is known as a city that attaches considerable importance to the country. The country, which has a hundred percent urbanization rate, also has a structure that technology has been all about. Singapore, which left Malaysia in 1965, has made great strides since it was founded with investments in the latest technology.
The country, which had a tense relationship with Indonesia and Malaysia during the period of independence, gave great importance to the military field in order to protect its territory; specially purchased 60 US-made F-16C / D and 40 F-15SG designed for the Singapore Air Force. Besides that, they are using the AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter which is one of the best equipment on the market.
In the context of the Navy, Singapore is also home to six formidable frigates, a Singapore-made version of the La Fayette class frigate of France, a series of submarines and a ship capable of carrying five, 18 tanks and hundreds of troops.
The army seems rather small compared to only some 72,000 active personnel and some of its regional competitors, but they use some of the best of the available equipment and most of them are produced or developed by the local companies. For example, we can show the Leopard 2SG tank, the Bionix Infantry Fighting Vehicle, and the Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicle.
Also, almost all of this military equipment is quite expensive. Despite its small size, however, Singapore has managed to become a global economic and military powerhouse. So much so that in the last year, Global Finance magazine chose Singapore as the fourth richest country in the world in terms of GDP, and since then has been able to stay in the top row. Singapore is deserving of such a great deal of accomplishment with such a small population. What are you thinking?