Bangladesh has once again ranked the 45th most powerful military power out of 138 countries in the world and the 3rd most in South Asia, reveals the Global Firepower's Military Strength Ranking 2021.
Among South Asian countries, India and Pakistan are ahead of Bangladesh.
Bangladesh's next-door neighbour India again has been ranked 4th most powerful military power in the world and Pakistan has moved up to the 10th position.
Bhutan has the least powerful military force in the region as well as in the world while the military strength of Nepal (119th) and Sri Lanka (79th) is the second and third least in the region, respectively.
Afghanistan has secured 75th position out of the 138 countries reviewed for the ranking.
The Maldives was not included in the platform.
Every year, the Global Firepower releases a ranking of global powers based on the country's potential military strength.
The ranking in the 2021 edition considers over 50 different factors to determine a given country's PwrIndx (PowerIndex) score – based on the manpower, airpower, land forces, naval forces, natural resources, financials, logistical capability, and geographical location.
Forty-five Asian countries have been included in the current list, among which Bangladesh ranked the 20th with a PwrIndx rating of 0.7497.
The perfect PwrIndx score is 0.0000, which the Global Firepower says is realistically unattainable.
According to Global Firepower's data, Bangladesh has an estimated total of 2.04 lakh military personnel.
US, Russia and China remain on top
The United States retained the top spot with Russia a close second and China third in the 2021 ranking.
The US has achieved 0.0721PwrIndx score, thanks to its top rank in all air power indicators ranks.
It is followed by Russia and China. Russia scores 0.0796 and China scores 0.0858.
Asian armies dominate the world
Among the six most global powerful militaries, four of them are from Asia. China is the third globally and first in Asia, followed by India, Japan and South Korea.
Pakistan, Turkey, Iran, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Israel have made into the top 20 positions globally.