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Military power of United Kingdom and China

Country: United Kingdom China
Capital: London Beijing
Population: 65 110 000 1 373 541 278
Area: 242 495 km2 9 596 961 km2
Nuclear weapons: 215 warheads 260 warheads
More: United Kingdom military forces description China military forces description

Military expenditures

Military budget: 58,6 billion $ 215 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2% 1,9%
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Manpower

Active personnel: 156 940 2 300 000
Reserve personnel: 75 110 510 000
Available for military: 14 856 917 385 821 101

Land Forces

Tanks: 407 9 150×See current equipment
Armoured fighting vehicles: 4 673 4 788
Total artillery: 532 9 726
Self-propelled artillery: 117 1 710
Rocket artillery: 50 1 770

Air Forces

Total aircraft: 886 3 729
Fighter aircraft: 141 1 199
Multirole aircraf: 89 567
Attack aircraft: 0 300
Helicopters: 386 1 627

Navy

Total naval: 76 749
Aircraftcarriers: 1 1
Destroyers: 6 32
Frigates: 13 51
Corvettes: 0 32
Submarines: 11 73

Military service

United Kingdom

16-33 years of age (officers 17-28) for voluntary military service (with parental consent under 18); no conscription; women serve in military services, but are excluded from ground combat positions and some naval postings; must be citizen of the UK, Commonwealth, or Republic of Ireland; reservists serve a minimum of 3 years, to age 45 or 55; 17 years 6 months of age for voluntary military service by Nepalese citizens in the Brigade of Gurkhas; 16-34 years of age for voluntary military service by Papua New Guinean citizens.

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.