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Military power of India and China

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

Military expenditures

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

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

Land Forces

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

Air Forces

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

Navy

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

Military service

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.

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.