According to a ranking just published, the Russian army is in the top 3 of the world’s largest armies, however, lagging behind the US.
In the opinion of Business Insider, the Russian military occupies second place in the ranking of the best armies, beating China, which is in third position, and losing to the United States. In their analysis, experts have taken into account more than 50 indicators, including the diversity of existing weapons, the potential for mobilization, industry development, natural resources and other factors.
In the first decade, there were also such countries as India, France, United Kingdom, South Korea, Japan, Turkey and Germany. Brazil joined the list of 25 most powerful armies, ranking 14th.
However, in the opinion of the editor-in-chief of the magazine Natsionalnaya Oborona (“International Defense” in Russian), Igor Korotchenko, the ranking does not reflect correctly the reality.
“Because all of these rankings are invented out of nowhere, because the real ranking of what this or that army is worth can only be established in the war, by the level of its readiness for combat, weapon and vehicle equipment, combat spirit – the Russian army is one of the best in the world. We stop the US getting into great adventures based on our Strategic Missile Force and conventional potential,” said the Russian expert.
In his view, this was well illustrated by the Russian military campaign in Syria, which achieved unprecedented results in a very short time.
“Compared with the United States, which has bogged down in Afghanistan and Iraq and cannot do anything, Russia has shown in its Syrian campaign that it is more successful, more efficient, and that its Armed Forces are more professional from the point of view of I believe that second place is not an objective, we are obviously in first place in the world, the US is behind us,” he assured.
However, the analyst believes, there is one thing in which the US military really outdoes the Russian.
“The only thing they outnumber us is military spending, the military budget, but today it is not an indicator because, having a budget many times smaller than the American, we are more successful and, consequently, we are better,” he said.