Iran vs Israel: Who is stronger in the battlefield?

Here’s a comparison of military strength of the two arch-rivals

08:02 PM | 14 Apr, 2024

Tensions between Iran and Israel reached a critical point today following a destructive Israeli airstrike on the Iranian embassy in Damascus. In a swift retaliation, Iran launched a barrage of missiles targeting Israeli defense installations, intensifying concerns of a broader conflict on the horizon.

Amidst this escalating crisis, a comparative analysis of the military, economic, and strategic dynamics between Iran and Israel sheds light on their respective capabilities and potential outcomes.

Military Comparison

Iran holds a notable advantage in manpower, boasting 610,000 active personnel compared to Israel's 170,000. However, Israel maintains a larger reserve force, with 465,000 compared to Iran's 350,000. The balance of available manpower could significantly influence the course of the conflict.

Assessing Airpower

Israel maintains a slight edge in total aircraft, possessing 612 compared to Iran's 551. Furthermore, Israel possesses more fighter aircraft and attack helicopters, potentially granting them an advantage in aerial engagements.

Naval Strength

Iran possesses a formidable naval fleet consisting of 101 vessels, including 19 submarines, whereas Israel's fleet comprises 67 vessels and 5 submarines. Control of maritime territory could be pivotal for both sides in securing strategic positions and conducting naval operations.

Evaluating Financial Resources

While Iran maintains a lower defense budget at $9.95 billion compared to Israel's $24.4 billion, it holds a stronger financial position with lower external debt ($8 billion compared to Israel's $135 billion). Despite this, Iran's foreign reserves ($127.15 billion) lag behind Israel's ($212.93 billion), highlighting potential constraints on sustaining military operations.

Background: Recent Escalations

Iran's attack on Israeli territory follows a suspected Israeli strike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus, resulting in the deaths of 13 individuals. This marked the first-ever direct attack by Iran on Israeli soil from Iranian territory, escalating tensions between the two nations.

Iran's retaliatory assault, codenamed Operation True Promise, commenced on Saturday night, involving a massive aerial attack utilizing over 120 ballistic missiles, 170 drones, and more than 30 cruise missiles. Israel's military reported intercepting the majority of the projectiles, with assistance from allies such as the United States, the United Kingdom, and France.

The attack targeted various locations across Israel, including cities like Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, prompting widespread alerts and evacuations. While most projectiles were intercepted, some inflicted minor damage and casualties, including a severely injured seven-year-old girl.

Motivations and Consequences

Iran's attack was purportedly in retaliation for an Israeli strike on an Iranian consular building in Damascus earlier in the month, resulting in casualties among the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The escalation underscores the volatile nature of regional tensions and the potential for wider conflict.

As international leaders condemn the attacks and convene meetings to discuss the situation, the specter of further escalation looms large. The comparative analysis underscores the complex interplay of military capabilities, economic resources, and strategic considerations that could shape the outcome of the Iran-Israel confrontation.

Stay tuned for further updates as developments unfold in this rapidly evolving situation.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 22 May 2024

 Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 22, 2024 (Wednesday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.15 for buying and 280.05 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349 for buying, and 352.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.15 277.15
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349 352.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.45 74.2
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.34 748.34
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.51 38.91
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.45
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.3 912.3
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.34 59.94
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.11 172.11
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.13 731.13
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.98 26.28
Swiss Franc CHF 305.97 308.47
Thai Bhat THB 7.67 7.82


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