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Australia vs United States (USA) – Who Would Win? Military Comparison

Back by popular demand is another military
comparison. This time we are featuring two fairly new
countries, nations that at one point in time were colonies of the United Kingdom. The USA gained its independence on July 4,
1776. Australia gained its independence on January
1, 1901, when the Brits passed legislation to give the six Australian colonies the right
to govern themselves under the Commonwealth of Australia. Unlike the USA, the country sometimes called
“Down-under” has not vied for world dominance, although it has enjoyed a fairly good standard
of living and economic prosperity. The countries are certainly not enemies, unless
you play Grand Theft Auto which pits them head-to-head in a fictional conflict. How would they fare against each other if
that were a reality? That’s what we are going to find out today,
in this episode of the Infographics Show, Australia vs the United States. Don’t forget to subscribe and click the
bell button so that you can be part of our Notification Squad. Let’s start with Australia. At around 2,969,907 sq. miles (7.69 million
square kilometers), the country is the 6th largest in the world. Much of it is uninhabited, as many of Australia’s
population live close to the coast on different sides of the country. If you look at population density maps, you
will see just how much of Australia’s 24,659,200 people are huddled into small chunks of the
country. Australia’s indigenous, Aboriginal people
may have lived in the harsh environment of central Oz, but for most Australians, much
of their huge country is a no man’s land. Australia’s nominal GDP for 2016 was $1.257
trillion, making it the 13th largest GDP in the world just above Spain and just below
Russia. GDP per capita is $49,927. Now let’s turn to some USA basics. The USA is also a very large country at 3,797,000
sq. miles (9.63 million square kilometers), although it’s way more crowded than Australia. This makes it the third largest country behind
Canada and Russia, although it is also very similar in size to China. It has a population of 325,365,000. The US GDP is 19.417 trillion dollars, and
$57,466 per capita. We could say the US has the world’s biggest
economy, but many experts now say this is China. The International Monetary Fund, CIA Factbook,
and World Bank all say China is number one. An interesting article recently published
by Pew Global explains that various countries around the world have a different opinion
on who has the biggest GDP, with slightly more countries believing the USA is still
the larger economy. One thing we know for sure is that the USA
spends a lot more on its military than any other country in the world, and by a country
mile, too. Its military is regarded as the strongest
in the world, and it probably should be with a 611 billion dollar defense budget, which
is about 3.3 percent of the GDP. That was for 2016, and sometimes the figure
is stated as slightly less. For 2017, Donald Trump’s budget for defense
is around 587 billion dollars, which is by far the biggest chunk of the USA’s discretionary
budget. More than a third of that goes to operations
and maintenance, with just less than a quarter on military personnel. The most expensive program at the moment are
those rather pricey F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. The budget for those alone was 11.6 billion
dollars in 2016 and will be 10.5 billion in 2017. To put that into perspective, the Environmental
Protection Agency is allocated $7.65 billion for 2017. Australia doesn’t spend much by comparison,
but is still 12th on the list of the biggest defense spenders in the world. Some sources put Brazil ahead and some behind. For 2017 it will spend 24.1 billion US dollars. According to the Australian government, it’s
going to spend big over the next decade, with some military media stating that the country
intends to become a “lethal military force”. The ministry of defense said recently that
it has a “commitment to security and stability around the globe” as relations between various
countries seem tenuous at the moment. Much of the money spent will go to the navy,
which is not surprising given the country’s geographical location. It has also joined in the spending frenzy
on the aforementioned F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. What do these two countries get for their
money? In terms of feet on the ground, out of the
USA’s 325 million people, 1.3 million are active military personnel, and a further 811,000
act as reserve personnel. This is much larger than Australia’s 61,000
active personnel and 21,000 reserves. Not surprisingly the USA also has a lot more
land equipment. In total, it has 5,884 tanks, 41,000 armored
fighting vehicles, 1,934 self-propelled guns, 1,299 towed artillery, and 1,331 multiple-launch
rocket systems. Only China, and easily Russia, outgun the
USA when it comes to tank strength. This also includes some of the most fierce
land equipment ever, consisting of the mighty M-1 Abrams tank – the world’s best according
to some pundits – the M-109A6 Paladin self-propelled gun, and the tried and tested TOW Anti-Tank
Missile. Australia has just 59 tanks, 2,040 armored
fighting vehicles, 0 self-propelled artillery, 75 towed artillery, and 0 multiple-launch
rocket systems. It does have some good tanks, though, which
in the past were the highly rated Leopard 1s, but they have been replaced with M-1 Abrams,
just in much smaller quality than that of the USA. Where the United States exceeds every country
on the planet is with its air force. As you know, the US is not shy on spending
big here, and it is almost spoiled for choice. It has around 13,444 aircrafts in total, many
of which are the best ever made. This includes scores of F-22A Raptors, F-16
Fighting Falcons, F-15E Strike Eagles and the expensive F-35A Lightning II. The U.S. also has a large fleet of the McDonnell
Douglas CF-18 Hornets, some of which have been converted to F/A-18E Super Hornets. We already know Australia has spent on the
F-35, but a rather startling piece of news emerged in September, and that was that it’s
two brand new F-35’s have a major problem. They don’t work, according to Australian
media. The USA has also had its fair share of problems
trying to get these things combat ready. Australian news reported that the planes “will
likely require many millions being sunk into reconstruction and upgrade before they are
fully capable of fighting on the front line.” The country has a total of 465 aircraft, just
over 150 of which are fighter and attack aircraft. It also has a small fleet of F/A-18F Super
Hornets and F/A-18A and B Hornets as well as EA-18G Growlers. As for the navy, Global Firepower puts the
USA as the third strongest behind China and North Korea. This is only in size, though. It puts Australia down in 54th place. In total, the USA has 415 ships and Australia
has 47 ships. The U.S. has a total of 11 aircraft carriers,
22 cruisers, 67 destroyers, 8 frigates, 75 submarines, 0 corvettes, 9 amphibious assault
ships, 11 mine warfare ships, and 55 patrol ships. We also have to take into account what all
wealthy countries want, and that’s a huge super carrier. America may have the best in the Gerald R.
Ford class super-carrier. Australia is also one of few nations to own
aircraft carriers. While they might not be the behemoths of the
US navy, the almost new HMAS Canberra and the HMAS Adelaide are impressive beasts. The ozzies also own 11 frigates, 0 destroyers,
0 corvettes, 6 submarines, 13 patrol craft, and 6 mine warfare ships. Another thing, as you well know, the USA owns
just less than half of all the world’s 15,000 nuclear weapons. Australia doesn’t have any and doesn’t
seem interested in developing them. It does, however, have aircraft that could
deliver them. In conclusion, these two countries have been
strong allies for a very long time. If anything did happen to break that bond,
America is far too powerful for Australia. The only chance Australia would have is that
harsh environment its people are used to living in. Maybe all those dangerous creatures that inhabit
the country would get onside. So, what do you think of this theoretical
matchup? Does Australia possibly stand a chance? Let us know in the comments! Also, be sure to check out our other video
called N Korea vs S Korea?! Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time!

Tony wyaad



  1. The Infographics Show Posted on November 10, 2017 at 8:31 pm

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  2. Supersuperman341 Gaming Posted on July 9, 2019 at 3:13 am

    This is actually true in war since Operation Talisman Sabre, a joint Training operation between Australia and the United States to increase relations and military strength for both countries. That is why we are great allies.

  3. T W Posted on July 9, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    the U.S. has 21 super carriers. 10 Nimitz-class and 11 Ford-class

  4. Super Ninja Posted on July 9, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    Australia will win

  5. Hi There Posted on July 10, 2019 at 1:33 am

    Sorry but the yanks aren't a match for us aussies
    Once all the vegan cyclists and feminists snowflakes band together , a force not to be reckoned with

  6. Hi There Posted on July 10, 2019 at 1:38 am

    Oh and Goodluck gettin your tanks and heavy vehicles through the bush , and not to mention there's over 300+ aborginal camps located throughout the whole of Australia very very very remote locations and rough terrain and also if that isn't bad enough there's the wildlife that'll be out for you and also if you're Tryna get Alice Springs they'd better keep there fluids up or they'll be done and dusted in a day

  7. ENTITY 1 Posted on July 10, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    You Americans had a 200 year start. If only we started at the same time.

  8. j r Posted on July 10, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    An idiot you are. Oz will not be fighting USA.

  9. Sathnidu Athauda Posted on July 11, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    my question is why would you even match up such an obviously biased match up.
    you yourself said usa is 1 while the aussies are 12.

  10. thank you for watching Posted on July 11, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    UhhzhhhhHHHHhhH Who has more nukrs

  11. Mike Gorlewski Posted on July 11, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    Don’t forget the Australian special forces, “the ghosts of the jungle”.

  12. Julie Pateras Posted on July 12, 2019 at 9:14 am

    We have vegimite

  13. Julie Pateras Posted on July 12, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Spelled wrong

  14. crazycharacter99 Posted on July 12, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    3:56 as you can see, us Australians don’t associate with the people from Tasmania

  15. Sean Barrett Posted on July 13, 2019 at 4:24 am

    WHAT?! Of course it would be USA, look at their army's, beat a dead horse much?

  16. Kav Posted on July 13, 2019 at 8:02 am

    USA: we have nukes
    Australia: we have kangaroos

  17. Ryan Rotherham Posted on July 14, 2019 at 4:07 am

    Aussie Aussie oi oi oi NSW all the way

  18. Ryan Adam Posted on July 14, 2019 at 10:04 am

    3:25, you said 587 when the screen showed 578. Just saying.

  19. JUST AvoGod Posted on July 14, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    retreat to the outback….

  20. Ghandiboiii Weeeb Posted on July 14, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Give Australia 20 years

  21. This guy Fatty Posted on July 16, 2019 at 1:26 am

    America has the largest navy in the world not China

  22. GachaRubes Posted on July 16, 2019 at 2:41 am

    They don't know about our emu cavalrymen or the spider infantry

  23. James Lestone Posted on July 16, 2019 at 9:25 am

    If america attacked straya then theyed have a lot more than military to deal with
    Weird prime ministers
    The metric system
    Sangas from bunnings
    Fairy bread
    Issac Butterfield
    And last but certainly not least – MOTHER FRICKING CUSTOMS

  24. Haleigh Dunaski Posted on July 16, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    I hate astralians

  25. Leland Kirk Posted on July 17, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    I am American and I knew that we would by far have more military and win against Australia. I’m not saying that we are better Aussies but that we have experience with war. A lot of America’s past was to fight to freedom through war. So we would have more military because still to this day America is still fighting in wars. We quickly were able to develop the technology to have all of this. Once again not saying we are better.

  26. jono healy Posted on July 18, 2019 at 5:53 am

    Australia for animals and america for man power

  27. Sarthak Negi Posted on July 18, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Americans : We will attack Australia
    Kangaroo :Hold my beer 🍺
    Snakes :Wait We are also comming

  28. Seal Stealer Posted on July 19, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    insert joke about our giant spiders being superior to the Cold War-era U.S. nukes

  29. Seal Stealer Posted on July 19, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    2:46 China numba wan

  30. The crew Bois Posted on July 19, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    I am Aussie and I am going to airs rock and go on top coz it is hunted so ha

  31. The crew Bois Posted on July 19, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    I am Aussie and I am going to airs rock and go on top coz it is hunted so ha. 😈

  32. The crew Bois Posted on July 19, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Deploy the emus I repeat DEPLOY THE EMUS!!!!!!!!

  33. Nathan Kelly Posted on July 19, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Do North Vietnam vs America

  34. Daymon Klotz Posted on July 20, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    easily australia. usa would roll over in a second on revolution and coup de tats. primarily nsa would be purged and that would be that. usa would be THE paper tiger of actual such tangible scenario.

  35. Michael McAuliffe Posted on July 22, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Yes, we (Americans) have the most powerful military in the world. But as a student of history, you should never underestimate the power of a home field advantage and the people determined to defend their home.
    I think, in this clearly ridiculous scenario, that Australians would have more than a fighting chance at repelling an American invasion.

  36. MiniWog Posted on July 23, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    If the outback don't stop the Americans then Thor and wolverine will

  37. Sean Gardiner Posted on July 25, 2019 at 4:30 am

    I’ve herd you can buy a tac nuke from miter 10 in australia

  38. Goughs Bastard Posted on July 25, 2019 at 5:34 am

    I'm not worried about the US invading Australia while Chump is president. If he ever issues an invasion order, it won't harm us at all. But I'll feel sorry for the Austrians…

  39. John Martz Posted on July 26, 2019 at 11:08 am

    You can't be serious. America is most the powerful nation on earth.

  40. Warlord Gacha Posted on July 26, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    He forgot to mention that America has AC-130 gunships

  41. sTatiiCz Posted on July 27, 2019 at 2:00 am

    I think Australia is the strongest country in the world tbh

  42. kael kirkby Posted on July 27, 2019 at 3:33 am

    They shall run when the magpies come

  43. Michael Posted on July 27, 2019 at 4:41 am

    no need for unpleasantness ,just have the CWA serving tea, coffee and home made ANZACs on the beaches and then the yanks will give up willingly.
    the grannies will adopt a pet yank.

  44. Thomas Barge Posted on July 27, 2019 at 7:51 am

    We're not a country of bandits and criminals, so of course we don't need to be armed to the teeth constantly! Yankee go home!

  45. Lil Wil Posted on July 27, 2019 at 8:08 am

    i'm australian ^w^ AUSSIE AUSSIE OI

  46. [SS]Ùļťŕá-Bèám-Raven PG3D Posted on July 27, 2019 at 11:19 am

    i live in australia but if you you live in australia leave like

  47. XEpicOneX Posted on July 28, 2019 at 3:47 am

    4:03 why isn’t Tasmania highlighted red?

  48. Jaystarz2000 gaming Posted on July 28, 2019 at 7:31 am

    Talking about hot environments Texas and other deserts in America there would still be Natives still living there

  49. Echotech Discord Server Posted on July 28, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    America wouldn't stand chance, the second they landed on Australian soils the Emus would take them out.

  50. OOF GOD Posted on July 29, 2019 at 2:59 am

    Doesn't that mean New Zealand is also the land down under too?

  51. V3n0m Posted on July 29, 2019 at 10:43 am

    This guy has no right to say Aussie he is American

  52. Sarah Kelly Posted on July 30, 2019 at 6:59 am

    I say as an Aussie the us would win but it’s confusing look at the us deaths if Afghanistan compared to Australian deaths

  53. NIB.DAast0naut Posted on July 30, 2019 at 8:04 am

    My contry will get reckt by usa

  54. Jerry GUO Posted on July 31, 2019 at 9:44 am

    We have dropbears what is usa gonna do about that?

  55. Crackercalum Posted on August 3, 2019 at 7:37 am

    Now 25 million people

  56. Peter Sinclair Posted on August 3, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    A lot would depend on where theatre of war was conducted and the lead times towards the conflict.

    Australia was involved with the development of nuclear weapons at Los Alamos and conduced nuclear tests with the British. The country has the largest uranium mine in the world and was third country in the World to launch a satellite. Its ground radar systems are more advanced than States. Like Israel, Australia will acquire base materiel and then improve it. Australia though very much smaller than Russia in terms of population has a similar nominal GDP, to spend in need. The country has three times the assets per capita than US and is usually 2nd or 3rd HDI. Pine Gap controls Western military satellites from the Middle East to the Pacific. Australia didn’t produce nuclear weapons in the 1960s, owing non-proliferation treaties and likewise to discourage copycat responses in South East Asia.

    Of course too, there are bio weapons and cyberwar.

    Of course, all this fiction, as the two befriended countries in military terms are joined at the hip, and, in historical terms always been on the same side and fought together, unlike the UK, Canada and Japan. In terms of supreme command, the US fought under Australia in WW1 and Australia (two theatres) under the US in WW2.

    Australia could never successfully invade the US, unless the UKs citizenry turned on the US Government. The US attempting to occupy Australia would be a challenge.

  57. tasr Posted on August 5, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Fight vs us why? Nuke . Why bother making this vid and won't get half way watching while I type

  58. nemesisdaguy Posted on August 7, 2019 at 2:31 am

    HowToBasic is Australian. He will destroy the US with eggs.

  59. Red Wazzies Posted on August 7, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Australia would win 🇦🇺 We have Crocodile Dundee!

  60. Aderic Biocore Posted on August 8, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    America wins end of story

  61. xSatanx Karma Posted on August 9, 2019 at 3:02 am

    But I like the aussies…

  62. fastcars forlife Posted on August 9, 2019 at 6:27 am

    and we have so many destroyers

  63. Marcus Edward Posted on August 11, 2019 at 4:51 am

    These comparisons always leave out terrain, personnel training, small arms equipment and in depth population statistics ie poverty statistics and population diversity. Also combat experience and standard security measures aren't taken into account

  64. Action Kids Posted on August 11, 2019 at 10:04 am

    Aussis would win with our courage!

  65. Alex Te’o Posted on August 12, 2019 at 1:01 am

    Is this even fair for Australia?

  66. Anthony Franken Posted on August 12, 2019 at 8:01 am

    Like Rome, great nations rise then fall, the United States of American won't be any different.

  67. Sean Van Pelt Posted on August 13, 2019 at 12:03 am

    Sorry, I won't fight the Australians. They are noble people.

  68. Nhat Minh Nguyen Posted on August 13, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    You dare disturb the emus ? They eat nukes for breakfast

  69. Mystninja Posted on August 13, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Australia would win. Aussies are insane

  70. DoritoBandito 587 Posted on August 14, 2019 at 9:47 am

    America will then steal all new zealends chillybins and jandles

  71. *round 5 sounds* fetch me their souls Posted on August 14, 2019 at 11:32 am

    They would both lose unless they had Ground Harnesses.

  72. Andy Mate Posted on August 14, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    We have tin men and emus

  73. Craig winter Posted on August 14, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    Breaking news!
    Untapped oil
    In Australia!

  74. Claire What do I put here? Posted on August 15, 2019 at 5:25 am

    Who else is an Australian laughing at America smashing us!?🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺

  75. Taylor Lamb Posted on August 17, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    We have over one million metric tons of uranium

  76. cw249 24 Posted on August 19, 2019 at 10:13 am

    I don't understand why some one wants to raid Australia

  77. Morgan Stanley Posted on August 20, 2019 at 8:34 am

    Aussies are just tougher and better soldiers, Americans think more is better but without skill more is pointless, let's be real here Aussies have had to finish every war Americans start..

  78. IM AVISHAE Posted on August 20, 2019 at 10:03 am


  79. zić10 Posted on August 20, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    This has changed alot now! Australia is going to become a powerhouse of defense

  80. NorthernCreations Posted on August 21, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Australia vs Canada

  81. Casey Matto Posted on August 22, 2019 at 5:24 am

    Why would America fight her closest ally

  82. Orrin Boi Posted on August 22, 2019 at 6:03 am

    It’s not independence, it’s the day a federation was born, we are still owned by Britain

  83. FraznoFire Posted on August 22, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    7’40 the way you pronounced Canberra.. it’s pronounced “canbra” and there’s no pause in the middle

  84. David Player Posted on August 24, 2019 at 7:31 am

    it is pronounced canbra

  85. Junker Posted on August 24, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    The Emus will win

  86. Addison J Posted on August 24, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    Canada vs Australia?

  87. tahi rua Posted on August 24, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    We come and support Australia 🇦🇺 from New Zealand 🇳🇿

  88. Valentino Condello Posted on August 25, 2019 at 3:02 am

    Look we are not into war. Info get it right

  89. Marteene Dodman Posted on August 25, 2019 at 3:40 am

    4:07 what happened to Tasmania? It’s all lonely

  90. Amutha Muhunthan Posted on August 25, 2019 at 7:13 am

    Kangaroos- more than 44 million
    venomous snakes- 100
    Spiders- 10 000 species of spider

  91. Joshua Ballinger Posted on August 25, 2019 at 10:29 am

    tell me who wants to fight Australia please we have literally got nothing threatening here. apart from our wildlife.

  92. Elon Musk Posted on August 25, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    Australia will retreat to its deserts and the Americans won’t get through

  93. T-broGames Posted on August 26, 2019 at 3:03 am

    Is nobody pointing out that tasmania isn't included as a part of australia at 4:09

  94. Kaelan Macaulay Posted on August 27, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Straya would win for the memes

  95. Kobe Dunn Posted on August 31, 2019 at 4:54 am

    We do so have destroyers

  96. lou lells Posted on August 31, 2019 at 10:32 am

    I hope australia wins cuz my mums in Australia 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

  97. sovereignsun Posted on August 31, 2019 at 11:40 am

    There is no people in aus just fauna.

  98. ClarksonsinUSA Posted on September 2, 2019 at 2:41 am

    We could add them as the 51st State!! 🙂

  99. Bowling Pa Posted on September 2, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    No one:
    Not a single person:
    Flat earthers: Australia doesn’t exist