The strength of India and China’s defence forces compared

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  • China ranked second in military spending with military outlays totalling up to $261 billion. Whereas, India ranks third with military outlays totalling to $71.1 billion.
  • China ranks third in aircraft strength with 3,210 aircraft in comparison to India which ranks fourth with 2,123 aircraft.
  • India’s DRDO has been conducting trials of ballistic missile Prithvi-1 which has 150 km-range, and Prithvi-2 with 250 km-range.
In 2020, China had the largest active military force in the world, with about 2.18 million active troops. India, the United States, North Korea, and Russia rounded out the top five countries with the largest active-duty military forces, according to Statista.

China ranked second in military spending, as it has done since 2008 with military outlays totalling up to $261 billion. Whereas, India ranks third with military outlays totalling to $71.1 billion, according to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

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China ranks third in aircraft strength, according to Global firepower. It has 3,210 aircraft in comparison to India which ranks fourth with 2,123 aircraft. Most importantly, China has two times the number of fighters and interceptors than India. It also has 507 serviceable airports compared to 346 airports in India.
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An Indian Air Force fighter jet touches down on the Agra Lucknow Expressway on Monday NOVEMBER 21, 2016 BCCL


China’s tank strength stands at 3,200 plus compared to India’s stupendous 4,200 plus, according to Global firepower. But China’s armoured fighting vehicles are at a staggering 33,000, and India pales into insignificance with just over 8,600.

In an impressive display of capabilities of mechanised warfare platforms in the arsenal of Indian mechanised forces,BCCL


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According to the recent data, China has ten times more rocket projectors at 2650 than India’s 266. It also has a total of 777 naval assets compared to 285 in India, with 74 submarines versus 16 owned by India. China also has 36 destroyers compared to 11 owned by India.

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India’s DRDO has been conducting trials of ballistic missile Prithvi-1 which has 150 km-range, and Prithvi-2 with 250 km-range whereas China has various ballistic missiles, ranging from short-range missiles to Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs).

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