Malaysia's Military Power Might Be Stronger Than You Think

The Global Firepower (GFP) 2014 survey indicates that Malaysia has the 38th strongest military power out of 106 countries.

According to defence analytical Global Firepower (GFP) 2014 survey, Malaysia has the 38th most powerful military strength out of 106 countries

According to the Global Firepower (GFP) report, Malaysia has the 38th most powerful military strength out of 106 countries

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Malaysia ranked 38th out of 106 countries in terms of military strength according to a report published by Global Firepower (GFP).

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The survey indicates that Malaysia military strength outranked larger economies like Singapore, Norway, UAE and Denmark

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Malaysia's military strength outranked larger economies like Singapore, Norway, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Denmark and South Africa, according to the defence analytical Global Firepower (GFP) 2014 survey.

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The survey ranked Malaysia 38th out of 106 countries, one position ahead of Norway, two rungs clear of Ethiopia, three in front of South Africa, four past the UAE, five ahead of Denmark and six past Singapore, which was at 44th position.

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In the ASEAN region, Malaysia has stronger military power than Cambodia and Laos, but is weaker than Vietnam and Thailand

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In the Asean sphere, aside from Singapore, Malaysia also beat out the likes of Cambodia (at 82) and Laos (102), but lost to Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines, which came in at 23, 24 and 37 respectively.

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The top five countries that have the strongest military power are US, Russia, China, India and the UK

The top five countries that have the strongest military power are US, Russia, China, India and the UK

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Malaysia scored a Power Index of 1.3143

See the full results for the Global Firepower 2014 report here:

In determining the Power Index score, Global Firepower takes 50 different factors into consideration

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"The GFP list makes use of over 50 factors -- including technology, arsenal, manpower, logistics, infrastructure, finances, geographical factors and natural resources -- to determine each nation's Power Index (PwrIndx) score.

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“Despite the advances made in battlefield technology, oil remains the lifeblood of any fighting force,” said GFP in explaining its survey criteria, which also assessed a nation’s consumption and use of its natural resources. Additionally, logistics, such as how many major ports, terminals and airports a nation has, as well as the total road and railway coverage were also taken into account.

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The analysis also considered geographical factors such as the square land area, coastlines, shared borders and waterways, which it said “primarily figure into a defensive-minded war i.e. invasion. Geographical factors influence every country’s ranking”.

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However, the analysis did not consider a nation’s current political and military leadership, or its nuclear capabilities, stressing that “ranking does not rely solely on total number of weapons available”.

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However, Global Firepower cautioned that the survey was for "entertainment value and derived from publicly-available sources"

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GFP did also caution that its survey was “for entertainment value and derived from publicly-available sources” including Wikipedia.

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