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Military power of China and Russia

Country: China Russia
Capital: Beijing Moscow
Population: 1 373 541 278 144 554 993
Area: 9 596 961 km2 17 098 242 km2
Nuclear weapons: 260 warheads 7 500 warheads
More: China military forces description Russia military forces description

Military expenditures

Military budget: 215 billion $ 69,2 billion $
Percent of GDP: 1,9% 5,3%
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Manpower

Active personnel: 2 300 000 771 000
Reserve personnel: 510 000 2 000 000
Available for military: 385 821 101 34 765 736

Land Forces

Tanks: 9 150 20 050×See current equipment
Armoured fighting vehicles: 4 788 30 201
Total artillery: 9 726 14 533
Self-propelled artillery: 1 710 5 943
Rocket artillery: 1 770 4 020

Air Forces

Total aircraft: 3 729 4 042
Fighter aircraft: 1 199 629
Multirole aircraf: 567 428
Attack aircraft: 300 752
Helicopters: 1 627 1 360

Navy

Total naval: 749 313
Aircraftcarriers: 1 1
Destroyers: 32 19
Frigates: 51 6
Corvettes: 32 83
Submarines: 73 61

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.

Russia

18-27 years of age for compulsory or voluntary military service; males are registered for the draft at 17 years of age; 1-year service obligation (conscripts can only be sent to combat zones after 6 months of training); reserve obligation for non-officers to age 50; enrollment in military schools from the age of 16, cadets classified as members of the armed forces.