Iran vs The United States – Who Would Win? – Military Comparison

Iran vs The United States – Who Would Win? – Military Comparison

August 15, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


The United States vs. Iran The annual defense budget of the United States
is $664 billion, which is 2.4% of its gross domestic product or
GDP. The annual defense budget of Iran is $17.1
billion, which is %6 of its GDP. The United States has a total population of
321 million people, with 120 million fit for service. It has 1.4 million people who are active frontline
personnel, and it has 1.1 million who are active reserve personnel. Iran has a total population of 82 million
people, with 39.5 million who are fit for service. It has 545,000 people who are active frontline
personnel, and it has 1.8 million who are active reserve personnel. The United States’ frontline manpower is nearly
3 times larger than that of Iran; but if both nations called on
their reserves the United States’ manpower would be reduced to 1.06 times that
of Iran. There is a drastic difference in the amount
of tanks between both nations. The United States has 8,800 tanks while Iran only
has 1,700 tanks. That difference becomes even more monumental when you consider
both nation’s AFV strength. The United States has more than 30 times the amount
of armored fighting vehicles as that of Iran (41,000 vs. 1,400). Other land units that both armies employ are Self-Propelled Guns (1,932 vs.
320), Towed Artillery (1,300 vs. 2,078), and Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (1,331
vs. 1,474). When comparing aircraft strength, the United
States vastly overpowers Iran with 13,444 aircrafts compared to Iran’s 479 aircrafts. United States’ most favored aircraft is it’s own F-16 Fighting Falcon. Ironically, Iran’s most favored aircraft is the United States developed Grumman F-14
Tomcat. Looking at naval power, both nations seem
to be similarly matched at first glance; the United States with 415 total ships and
Iran with 395 total ships. But as you break these numbers down, you see a massive
difference in the amount of firepower between the two nations, with 254 of Iran’s
ships being Patrol Craft. On the subject of nuclear warfare, the United
States has 5,100 warheads on stand-by. Iran currently has no nuclear weapons, but
is pursuing a uranium-enrichment program that could provide it with the capability
to produce them within the next several years. We must remember that almost every ground
vehicle, aircraft, and naval unit needs fuel to be employed. The United States currently consumes 18.7
million barrels of oil a day and produces 9 million barrels daily
with a 22.5 billion barrel oil reserve. Iran on the other hand, consumes 1.8 million
barrels of oil a day and produces 4.2 million barrels daily with a
staggering 133 billion barrel oil reserve. As we progress through the digital age, cyberwarfare
is becoming a critical part of a nation’s strength. The United States is known to be investing
heavily in cyber warfare with their Cyber Command program. Iran has created the Supreme Council on Cyberspace, investing more than $1 billion
in cyber infrastructure and technology, along with recruiting more than 100,000 personnel. This is a brief look at how these two nations
match-up against one another. Subtitles by the Amara.org community