While the answer to this question is quite obvious,
we’ll dig out information and proof to support the fact that yes, the United
States is still the world’s best and biggest armory.
Some may think that the States have lost this battle
and that Russia is better equipped – but the US remains undefeated and the
latter is only given the second place. Of course, it doesn’t only dominate this
aspect in numbers, but also in the available and new technologies that are
being added to the US armory every year.
Let’s just cut the chatter and see why this country’s
armory is still the best in the world.
We’ll start off easy, providing you with some numbers
related to the budget and equipment of the US armory.
Compared to the second-best armory out there –
Russia’s – the budget allocated for the one of the United States is of $601
billion, which is seven times the budget of the Russian armory. Of course,
having been engaged in so many conflicts, it’s only natural that the country
will develop and equip its forces properly, in case of any unpleasant events.
With the $601 billion budget comes an active frontline
personnel of 1,400,000 people that are serving in the US military. And they are,
of course, part of the armory. A country can have as many devices, weapons, and
technologies, but it still needs a well-trained soldier to operate them.
When it comes to the US military personnel, we can
admit that it is more than just amazing – there, people have a heightened sense
of patriotism and love for their country, a thing that can’t be seen in many
countries. The American soldier is characterized by dedication, the power of will, and love for his or her country
– and this makes him/ her one of the most important parts of the US armory.
But, in order for the States to be on par with the
other countries, they need war machines. Their armory is in charge of 8,848
tanks, which are quite a few, compared to the other military forces in the
world. However, when it comes to the air force, the 13,892 total aircraft just
speak for themselves.
To assist those aircraft, the US has available 10
aircraft carriers, which represent their biggest advantage – especially when
compared to the country with the second-most carriers, India, which is
currently building its third aircraft carrier.
A Small Spending
The United States represents 37% of the world’s
military spending. You may think that China, which is a larger country, would
spend more on its military – also due to the political situation and neighbors
However, China is the second spender when it comes to
the military – the first one being, of course, the US, which spends more than
four times the amount China does. And that is just more than impressive.
The Armory Itself
Of course, we couldn’t talk about the world’s best
armory – and prove that it really is – without showcasing some of the weapons
and machines it has in it. Therefore, in the following paragraphs, you will see
some of the reasons why the United States still has the best armory.
AH – 64 Apache
Of course, we’ve all heard, or maybe even seen US’
Apache helicopters. They spell sheer force and destructive power, given the
Hellfire missiles they have equipped on. It also displays a 30-millimeter
cannon and because of its speed and range, it is one of the most viable choices
when facing insurgents or armored columns. It is one item in the US armory that
has been used in the Afghan war, as well as in the Desert Storm conflict.
Anti – Tank Missile
Before getting into the M-1 Abrams, let’s look at something
the US has that might neutralize it completely. The TOW has been in the service
of the United States for almost 45 years, and it has never failed – featuring
wire-guided, tube-launched, and optically tracked missiles, it has played its
role well in the Iran-Iraq War, the Arab-Israeli War, and in Vietnam.
There’s also the 2B version of the TOW, which adds
some nifty features to the already very destructive piece of equipment –
notable being the Aero model missile, designed to explode right above the tank
in order to destroy the thin armor on its top.
Just as the Apache helicopters, the M-1 Abrams is
another iconic piece of the United States’ armory. Worth mentioning about this
armory piece is that very few of them have been actually destroyed in combat.
Equipped with a depleted-uranium armor that’s up to three feet thick, and has a
weight of 60 tons, and a top speed of 40 mph, I think it’s safe to say that it
would be very hard for someone or something to destroy such a massive tank. Not
to mention the 120-millimeter cannon that has destroyed Iraq’s tanks equipped
with armor made in the USSR in 1991.
.50-Caliber Machine Gun
We don’t know if it’s quite worth it to put red dots vs the enemies while using this
machine gun – it can take down aircraft, vehicles and, of course, personnel.
Therefore, a perfect aim is not required in order to use one of the US Armory’s
It’s worth mentioning that this machine gun is around
80 years old – its development began
around the time when Franklin Roosevelt started his presidency. However, this
weapon has seen some upgrades as well – the M2A1 recent upgrade comes equipped
with a night flash suppressor and a quick-change barrel, and it’s probably
everything this miniature cannon
needs to stay put in the United States Armory.
Is It the Best?
Well, as mentioned in the previous statements – both
the numbers and the equipment related to the armory of the United States prove
that it is still the world’s best.
The personnel are as dedicated as always, ready to
fight for its country, and the war machines they have in store – despite some
of them being quite of age – are ready to provide the army with the support it
Jay Chambers is a pro-free speech business owner and writes over at Minute Man Review.