We use cookies to personalise content and ads. You can change your cookie settings at any time. More info

Compare armed forces

Military power of Brazil and China

Country: Brazil China
Capital: Brasília Beijing
Population: 204 451 000 1 373 541 278
Area: 8 515 767 km2 9 596 961 km2
Nuclear weapons: 0 warheads 260 warheads
More: Brazil military forces description China military forces description

Military expenditures

Military budget: 22,8 billion $ 215 billion $
Percent of GDP: 1,3% 1,9%
Show/hide all charts

Manpower

Active personnel: 318 480 2 300 000
Reserve personnel: 1 340 000 510 000
Available for military: 53 350 703 385 821 101

Land Forces

Tanks: 469 9 150×See current equipment
Armoured fighting vehicles: 1 769 4 788
Total artillery: 1 112 9 726
Self-propelled artillery: 184 1 710
Rocket artillery: 198 1 770

Air Forces

Total aircraft: 761 3 729
Fighter aircraft: 45 1 199
Multirole aircraf: 0 567
Attack aircraft: 78 300
Helicopters: 263 1 627

Navy

Total naval: 111 749
Aircraftcarriers: 1 1
Destroyers: 0 32
Frigates: 9 51
Corvettes: 5 32
Submarines: 5 73

Military service

Brazil

18-45 years of age for compulsory military service; conscript service obligation is 10-12 months; 17-45 years of age for voluntary service; an increasing percentage of the ranks are "long-service" volunteer professionals; women were allowed to serve in the armed forces beginning in early 1980s when the Brazilian Army became the first army in South America to accept women into career ranks; women serve in Navy and Air Force only in Women's Reserve Corps.

China

18-24 years of age for selective compulsory military service, with a 2-year service obligation; no minimum age for voluntary service (all officers are volunteers); 18-19 years of age for women high school graduates who meet requirements for specific military jobs; a recent military decision allows women in combat roles.