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Israel
Population 7,836,300
Budget$ 17,800,000,000
Manpower 173000
Aircrafts 597
Fighters 241
Helicopters 127
Attack helicopters 48
Fleet 67
Aircraftcarriers 0
Submarines 5
Nuclear weapons 90

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The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Hebrew: TSbaA hahaganah lyiSHraAel Tsva ha-Hagana le-Yisrael The Army of Defense for Israel (also known as the Hebrew-language acronym Tzahal, or "TSh"l) is a combined military force of the State of Israel. It consists of three branches: the Israeli Ground Forces and the Israeli Air Force, and the Israeli Navy. It is the only military wing of Israel's security forces and does not have any civilian jurisdiction. The Chief of General Staff is the head of the IDF, and is subordinated to the Israeli Defense Ministry. On 26 May 1948, David Ben-Gurion issued an order establishing the IDF as a conscript army from the ranks the Haganah and Irgun paramilitary organisations. Since its independence, the IDF has been involved in all armed conflicts that have engulfed Israel. GlobalSecurity.org says that the IDF is one of the best-trained armed forces worldwide, having been involved in numerous wars and border conflict throughout its short history. Although it initially operated on three fronts, namely against Syria and Lebanon in the north and Jordan and Iraq in east and Egypt in south, the IDF has now shifted its focus to southern Lebanon, the Palestinian Territories, and Israel-Jordan since 1994.



Some incidents occurred across its border to Syria as a result of instability caused by the ongoing Syrian Civil War. Because of its conscription policy, the IDF is the only military organization that has not had to recruit women since its inception. Because of its impact on Israel's economy, culture, and politics, it is one the most important institutions in Israeli society. Many technologies used by the IDF are Israeli-developed. Many of these technologies were specifically designed to meet the IDF's operational needs in the Levant. The Uzi submachine guns are an Israeli invention. They were used by the IDF from December 2003 to end a 1954-founded service. The IDF has maintained close military relations with the United States since 1967. This includes cooperation in the development of the F-15I fighter jet, the THEL laser defense system and the Arrow missile defence system. It is believed that the IDF had an operational nuclear weapons capability in 1967. This included between 80 and 400 nuclear warheads. The delivery systems formed a nuclear trinity of plane-launched-missiles, Jericho III intercontinental missiles and submarine-launched missiles.

Source: Wikipedia