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Military power of Russia and China

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

Military expenditures

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

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

Land Forces

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

Air Forces

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

Navy

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

Military service

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.

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.