Military balance: The US and other key countries

President Barack Obama has announced a future with a "leaner" US military.

The country was "turning the page on a decade of war" and faced a "moment of transition", he said.

Yet, although thousands of troops are expected to be axed, Mr Obama stressed that the country's military superiority would still be maintained.

Here is how the US's military might compared with that of other global powers in 2011.

The military balance

Country Military budget Active personnel Key equipment

Source: IISS, 2011

Flag icon Dollar icon Soldiers icon Military icons

US

$739.3bn

1,569,000

6,302 battle tanks

3,252 fighter/ground attack aircraft

71 submarines

450 land-based intercontinental ballistic missile launchers

China

$89.8bn*

2,285,000

7,400 battle tanks

1,669 fighter/ground attack aircraft

62 submarines

66 land-based intercontinental ballistic missile launchers

UK

$62.7bn

174,000

227 battle tanks

220 fighter/ground attack aircraft

11 submarines

0 land-based intercontinental ballistic missile launchers

Russia

$52.7bn*

956,000

3,310 battle tanks

1,439 fighter/ground attack aircraft

65 submarines

292 land-based intercontinental ballistic missile launchers

India

$31.9bn

1,325,000

3,233 battle tanks

784 fighter/ground attack aircraft

15 submarines

0 land-based intercontinental ballistic missile launchers

*Official budget at market exchange rates. Many analysts say China's actual spending on defence is far higher than the government reports.

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