Central Asian News Service reported on 13/12/2014 Uzbekistan entered the top 50 countries in the ranking of military power Global Firepower (GFP) Index at the end of 2014. The index of the country was 1,5309. Uzbekistan is at the 48th place among 106 countries included in this ranking.
Of the CIS and Baltic countries Uzbekistan ranked third after Russia (2nd place) and Ukraine (21 th). This is followed by Azerbaijan (50), Belarus (52), Kazakhstan (80), Estonia (96) and Lithuania (103). Other CIS and Baltic countries are not included in the rating.
The GFP list makes use of over 50 factors to determine each nation’s Power Index (“PwrIndx”) score. This provides the final ranking and allows smaller, technologically-advanced, nations to compete with larger, lesser-developed ones. Some bonuses (and penalties) are added for refinement. In the end, we hope it presents an unbiased outlook on the potential conventional military strength of a given country if only to stir some healthy debate.
Things to keep in mind:
• Nuclear capability is NOT taken into account
• Geographical factors influence every country’s ranking
• Ranking does not solely rely on total number of weapons available
• Natural resource reliance (use/production) is taken into account
• Land-locked nations are NOT penalized for lack of a standing navy
• Naval powers ARE penalized for limited naval capabilities
• Current political/military leadership is NOT taken into account