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Military power of China and India

Country: China India
Capital: Beijing New Delhi
Population: 1 373 541 278 1 276 267 000
Area: 9 596 961 km2 3 287 590 km2
Nuclear weapons: 260 warheads 110–120 warheads
More: China military forces description India military forces description

Military expenditures

Military budget: 215 billion $ 55,9 billion $
Percent of GDP: 1,9% 2,5%
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Manpower

Active personnel: 2 300 000 2 140 000
Reserve personnel: 510 000 1 155 000
Available for military: 385 821 101 319 129 420

Land Forces

Tanks: 9 150 4 426×See current equipment
Armoured fighting vehicles: 4 788 5 681
Total artillery: 9 726 5 067
Self-propelled artillery: 1 710 290
Rocket artillery: 1 770 292

Air Forces

Total aircraft: 3 729 2 216
Fighter aircraft: 1 199 323
Multirole aircraf: 567 329
Attack aircraft: 300 220
Helicopters: 1 627 725

Navy

Total naval: 749 214
Aircraftcarriers: 1 2
Destroyers: 32 11
Frigates: 51 15
Corvettes: 32 24
Submarines: 73 15

Military service

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.

India

16-18 years of age for voluntary military service (Army 17 1/2, Air Force 17, Navy 16 1/2); no conscription; women may join as officers, but for noncombat roles only.