Global Military Strength: Top 15 Weakest Militaries in Africa, 2018

Liberia has been ranked country with the worst military in Africa by Global Firepower Index 2018 they are closely followed by Sierra Leone and Somalia.

Nigeria’s neighbour Ghana also made this years list of weakest military in Africa 2018, they are ranked 15th in Africa and 105 in the world.

The ranking assesses the diversity of weapons held by each country and pays particular attention to the manpower available.

“Balance is the key — a large, strong fighting force across land, sea and air backed by a resilient economy and defensible territory along with an efficient infrastructure — such qualities are those used to round out a particular nation’s total fighting strength on paper,” the ranking states.

But a few defining aspects of those countries’ ability to muster military power are not directly related to their armed forces.

Geographical factors, logistical flexibility, natural resources, and local industry all influenced the final ranking, Global Firepower said.

The ranking defines military might in purely quantitative terms and does not account for the actual quality or quantity of the weapons a country has, also nuclear stockpiles are not taken into consideration. Available manpower is a key consideration also Financial stability.

SEE ALSO: Global Military Strength: Top 15 Strongest Militaries in Africa, 2018

That said, below are the top 15 weakest militaries in Africa 2018

Country(s) Africa Rank World Rank
Ghana 15 107
Niger 14 109
Cameroun 13 110
Mozambique 12 111
Mali 11 114
Ivory Ciast 10 119
Reo. Congo 9 120
Madagascar 8 123
Gabon 7 126
Namibia 6 127
Mauriyania 5 129
C.A.R 4 130
Somalia 3 132
Siera leone 2 133
Liberia 1 135

The most powerful military in Africa is Egypt, followed by Algeria, South Africa, Nigeria and Angola.


The finalized Global Firepower ranking relies on over 55 individual factors to determine a given nation’s PowerIndex (‘PwrIndx’) score. a unique formula allows for smaller, more technologically-advanced, nations to compete with larger, lesser-developed, ones. Some qualities to observe in regards to the finalized ranking.

Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

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