How Big is Russia’s Army?

Russia has the largest army in the world. But how big is it really? We take a look at the numbers.

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Russia has one of the largest armies in the world, with over 1 million soldiers. It is also one of the most well-equipped, with thousands of tanks, armored vehicles, and artillery pieces. Russia’s army is a formidable force, and it has been used to great effect in recent years in conflicts such as the war in Ukraine and the Syrian civil war.

The size of the Russian Army

Russia has the second largest army in the world, with over 1 million soldiers. That’s a lot of soldiers! The Russian Army is also growing, with soldiers being added every year.

Active soldiers

Russia’s army is the second largest in the world, behind only China. There are currently just over one million active soldiers in Russia’s army, which is a large decrease from the Soviet-era army of over five million soldiers. The Russian army is divided into several different branches, including the ground forces, navy, and air force. The vast majority of Russia’s active soldiers are in the ground forces, which consists of around 800,000 troops.

Reserve soldiers

As of 2020, it is estimated that Russia has a total of 4 million soldiers, including reserve soldiers. This number has been gradually declining since the early 1990s, when the Soviet Union dissolved and the Russian Federation was formed. The Russian army is currently undergoing a major reform process, which is expected to continue into the early 2020s.

When it comes to active duty soldiers, Russia ranks fifth in the world behind the United States, China, India and North Korea. However, when reserve soldiers are taken into account, Russia jumps to second place ahead of China. This is due to the fact that Russia has a very large reserve force of over 2 million soldiers.

The equipment of the Russian Army

The Russian Army is the land forces of the Russian Federation, formed from parts of the collapsing Soviet Army in 1992. The Russian Army is one of the largest armies in the world. It is an all-volunteer force and, as of 2017, ranked as the world’s second largest army in terms of personnel.


The Russian Ground Forces (rf) are the land forces of the Russian Federation, formed from parts of the collapsing Soviet Army in 1992. The composition of the Ground Forces includesTank units, motorized rifle units and infantry units, as well as artillery units and rocket forces, air defense units, airborne troops and logistics units. As of 2017, the Ground Forces numbered 1,011,017 personnel.

As of 2020, the Russian Ground Forces operate a total of 22,600 tanks. This includes 5,300 T-90A and T-90AK tanks (an upgraded version of the T-72), 3,700 T-80UD tanks (an upgraded version of the T-55), 10,000 T-72B3 tanks (an upgraded version of the T-72B), and 3,600 T-80AB2 tanks (basically a modernized version of the original T-80). The Russian Army also has 2,500 PT-91M2 “Twardy” tanks, an improved version of the PT-91 “Maneuverable” tank. These will eventually be replaced by the Armata Universal Combat Platform tank.


Artillery is a category of large military ranged weapons designed to fire munitions far beyond the range and power of infantry firearms. Early artillery development focused on the ability to breach defensive walls and fortifications during sieges, and led to heavy, fairly immobile siege engines. As technology improved, lighter, more mobile field artillery cannons developed for battlefield use. This evolution has continued in modern times, with anti-tank guns, missile launchers, and aircraft being incorporated into artillery doctrine.


Russia’s Air Force is one of the most powerful in the world. It has over 3,000 aircraft, including Su-27 and Su-30 fighters, MiG-29 fighters, Tu-95 and Tu-160 bombers, and Tu-22M3 long-range bombers. The Air Force also has over 50 cargo planes and about 40 air tankers.

The budget of the Russian Army

The budget of the Russian Army is said to be $70 billion, making it the second largestbudget in the world. The United States, meanwhile, spends $610 billion on their military each year. It should be noted that these are just the two extremes and many countries fall somewhere in between these two superpowers.


From what we can tell, Russia’s army is large and diverse, with a wide range of equipment and capabilities. The size of the force appears to be in the range of hundreds of thousands of troops, which is comparable to the armies of other large nations.

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