Military Strength: What Russia's Military Looks Like Compared to the U.S.

Aircraft carrier - US: USS Gerald R. Ford - Named after the former US president, the USS Gerald R. Ford was the first supercarrier formally commissioned by Donald Trump. Costing $17.5bn to research and build, she is expected to receive her first deployment by 2020.Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ridge Leoni/U.S. Navy via Getty Images
Aircraft carrier - Russia: Admiral Kuznetsov - Commissioned during the last year of the USSR’s existence, and named after a legendary Soviet naval commissar, the Admiral Kuznetsov was given a comprehensive refit in 2015 and supported Russian forces during the recent Syrian campaign.333 Squadron, Norwegian Royal Airforce/NTB Scanpix/Handout via Reuters

The United States military has widely been accepted as the most powerful in the world. Its possession of advanced weapons systems, nearly 20 aircraft carriers and 200 military bases in 70 nations around the world have established it as the foremost military force on the planet. But what does Russia's military look like compared to the U.S.?

The question has come into increasingly sharp focus in recent months as relations between the two countries have hit their lowest levels since the end of the Cold War more than a quarter-of-a-century ago. As well as the continued investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and sanctions the U.S. has placed on the country, the two governments have engaged in increasingly hostile rhetoric over Syria.

Following a chemical attack in the war-torn country last month, which the U.S. has blamed on the regime of Bashar al-Assad, Trump warned Russia against continuing the support the Syrian government. In response to U.S.-led strikes on Syrian chemical weapons facilities, Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned what he called an “act of aggression” and claimed that they would “have a destructive effect on the entire system of international relations.”

The escalating tension followed an inflammatory announcement from Putin in March that Russia was developing new nuclear weapons that he claimed could bypass any U.S. missile defenses.

“No one listened to us,” Putin said in a direct message to the U.S. about its failure to take Russia’s military might seriously.  “Listen to us now.”

Trump, meanwhile, in March hailed the passing of a spending bill that granted the biggest increase in military funding in 15 years.

"We had no choice but to fund our military because we have to have by far the strongest military in the world," Trump said. "You see the players out there, and you see what we are dealing with."

Tanks - US: M1 Abrams - There are some 2,400 M1 Abrams tanks currently active in the U.S. military. Built since 1980 at the same factory in Lima, Ohio, the tank can seat a crew of four and weighs a whopping 62 metric tons.Ints Kalnins/Reuters
Tanks - Russia: T-14 Armata - While there are only 100 T-14 Armata tanks in active service due to production shortfalls, the vehicle packs a serious punch. It has an unmanned turret, with the crew of three sitting in an armored capsule at the hull’s front.Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters
Sniper rifle - US: Heckler & Koch HK417 - Although designed in Germany and used by militaries and police forces across the world, the United States Army intends on making the HK417 its main sniper rifle in the coming years.It can fire 600 rounds a minute.Ralph Orlowski/Reuters
Sniper rifle - Russia: SV-98 - The SV-98 bolt-action sniper rifle has become synonymous with Russia’s military operations in Chechnya and has subsequently gone on to be used by its troops supporting Syria’s current offensive.Vitaly V. Kuzmin/Creative Commons
Unmanned aerial vehicles - US: MQ-1C Gray Eagle - The U.S. military has been quick to adapt to the growing enthusiasm for drones in active combat. The General Atomics MQ-1C Gray Eagle, previously known as the ‘Sky Warrior,’ has been flying since its first deployment in 2009.U.S. Army/Spc. Latoya Wiggins/Reuters
Unmanned aerial vehicles - US: MQ-1C Gray Eagle - The U.S. military has been quick to adapt to the growing enthusiasm for drones in active combat. The General Atomics MQ-1C Gray Eagle, previously known as the ‘Sky Warrior’, has been flying since its first deployment in 2009.U.S. Army/Spc. Latoya Wiggins/Reuters
Attack jet - US: Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II - Nicknamed the “Warthog,” the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II has been flying with the U.S. Air Force since 1977. Forty years later it’s still going strong, and the U.S. military has plans for it to make its half-century.Shah Marai/AFP
Attack jet - Russia: Sukhoi Su-34 - The Sukhoi Su-34 is a twin-seat, all-weather strike aircraft that has been used by the Russian Air Force since 2014. Having impressed in its first few years in active service, a number of other countries are actively interested in using the Sukhoi Su-34 in their own air forces.Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters
Bomber jet - US: B-2 Spirit - One of the world’s most famous military aircraft, often known simply as the “Stealth Bomber.” The Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit can conduct missions at 50,000ft and can travel 6,900 miles on a single fuel load.Host Photo Agency/RIA Novosti /Reuters
Bomber jet - Tupolev Tu-160 - Known as the “White Swan” in its native land, the Russian Air Force has at least 16 of these Soviet-era aircraft in service. It is capable of carrying and dropping nuclear missiles.Host Photo Agency/RIA Novosti /Reuters
Ballistic missile submarine - US: Ohio-class submarine - There are 18 Ohio-class submarines currently being used by the U.S. Navy. The largest submarines ever built in the U.S., they can carry 24 Trident missiles each. An Ohio-class submarine was also the setting for the 1995 movie "Crimson Tide."Courtesy William Carlisle/U.S. Navy/Reuters
Ballistic missile submarine - Russia: Borei-class submarine - Built by the Sevmash shipbuilding company in Severodvinsk, the Boeri-class of submarines have an unlimited range and can accommodate a crew of 107. The most famous Borei submarine is the K-535 Yury Dolgorukiy. Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation

The United States military has widely been accepted as the most powerful in the world. Its possession of advanced weapons systems, nearly 20 aircraft carriers and 200 military bases in 70 nations around the world have established it as the foremost military force on the planet. But what does Russia's military look like compared to the U.S.?

The question has come into increasingly sharp focus in recent months as relations between the two countries have hit their lowest levels since the end of the Cold War more than a quarter-of-a-century ago. As well as the continued investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and sanctions the U.S. has placed on the country, the two governments have engaged in increasingly hostile rhetoric over Syria.

Following a chemical attack in the war-torn country last month, which the U.S. has blamed on the regime of Bashar al-Assad, Trump warned Russia against continuing the support the Syrian government. In response to U.S.-led strikes on Syrian chemical weapons facilities, Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned what he called an “act of aggression” and claimed that they would “have a destructive effect on the entire system of international relations.”

The escalating tension followed an inflammatory announcement from Putin in March that Russia was developing new nuclear weapons that he claimed could bypass any U.S. missile defenses.

“No one listened to us,” Putin said in a direct message to the U.S. about its failure to take Russia’s military might seriously.  “Listen to us now.”

Trump, meanwhile, in March hailed the passing of a spending bill that granted the biggest increase in military funding in 15 years.

"We had no choice but to fund our military because we have to have by far the strongest military in the world," Trump said. "You see the players out there, and you see what we are dealing with."