Egypt’s military special forces.  (Courtesy)

Each year, the Global Fire Power (GFP) ranks countries of the world every year according to military strength and firepower.

GFP, an agency that assesses the military strength of nations, makes use of over 50 factors in its in-house formula to determine a given nation’s Power Index  (‘PwrIndx’) score. PwrIndx scores are judged against a perfect value of “0.0000” which is realistically unattainable due to the number of factors considered per country.

This provides the final ranking while also allowing smaller, more technologically-advanced, nations to compete with larger, lesser-developed ones.

That said, here are the top 10 African countries with the most powerful armed forces according to GFP:

10. Democratic Republic of Congo

PwrIndx: 1.3442

Active personnel: 144,625

9. Libya

PwrIndx: 1.2096

Active personnel: 35,000

8. Sudan

PwrIndx: 1.1777

Active personnel: 177,150

7. Morocco

PwrIndx: 0.8702

Active personnel: 198,000

6. Angola

PwrIndx: 0.8428

Active personnel: 107,000

5. South Africa

PwrIndx: 0.7864

Active personnel: 78,050

4. Nigeria

PwrIndx: 0.7511

Active personnel: 124,000

3. Ethiopia

PwrIndx: 0.7443

Active personnel: 162,000

2. Algeria

PwrIndx: 0.4366

Active personnel: 520,000

1. Egypt

PwrIndx: 0.2676

Active personnel: 454,250

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