Chinese Armed forces

China
Population
1,444,390,177
Military budget
252 billion $
Active personnel
2,185,000
Nuclear weapons
260 warheads
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Basic informations

Capital: Beijing
Area: 9,596,961 km2
Population: 1,444,390,177
Etnic groups: Han Chinese 91.6%, Zhuang 1.3%, other 7.1%
Religions: Buddhist 18.2%, Christian 5.1%, Muslim 1.8%, folk religion 21.9%, Hindu < .1%, Jewish < .1%, other 0.7% unaffiliated 52.2%

Military branches

(People's Liberation Army - 中国人民解放军 ) Ground Forces, Navy (PLAN; includes marines and naval aviation), Air Force (Zhongguo Renmin Jiefangjun Kongjun, PLAAF; includes Airborne Forces), and Second Artillery Corps (strategic missile force); People's Armed Police (Renmin Wuzhuang Jingcha Budui, PAP); PLA Reserve Force.

Military service

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.

Military expenditures

Military budget
252 billion $

(USA)

Percent of GDP
1.7

Manpower

Active personnel
2,185,000

(China)

Reserve
8,000,000

(China)

Available
385,821,101

(China)

Land Forces

Tanks
5,750

(Russia)

AFV
14,130

(USA)

Artillery
7,094

(Russia)

Self-propelled guns
2,720

(Russia)

Rocket artillery
3,140
Armoured fighting vehicles includes infantry fighting vehicles, tank destroyers, armoured personnel carriers, mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles(MRAP), amphibious and reconnaissance vehicles.
Total artillery includes towed, self-propelled gun(SPG) and rocket artillery.

Tanks

TypeNameNumber
-Type 88300
-Type 79300
-Type 63800
-ZTQ-15250
-ZTS-63A100

AFVs

TypeNameNumber
-ZSD-89-II (type 89)1500
-Type 90-
-ZBD-05600
-ZTD-05 (Type 05)250
-ZSL-10 (Type 08)500
-ZSD-05 (Type 05)500
-Type 63950
-ZTL-11950
-PTL-02250
-PTZ-89230

Self-propelled artillery

TypeNameNumber
-PLZ-89500
-PCL-181200
-PCL-161300
-PCL-171100
-PLZ-07A/B500
-PLL-09350
-PCL-09300
-PLZ-82/83150

Rocket artillery

TypeNameNumber
-SY400-
-SY300-
-WS-1-
-WS-2-
-WS-3-
-A-100 MRL-
-WM-80 MRL-
-WM-40 MRL-
-PHL-1620
-PHZ-11100
-PHL-11350

Air Forces

Total aircraft
4,630

(USA)

Fighters
1,049

(China)

Multirole
1,130

(USA)

Attack
120

(Russia)

Helicopters
1,355

(USA)

UCAV (combat drone)
151

(USA)

Total aircraft - number of all military aircraft and helicopters in country. Includes training and cargo aircraft. Does not include drones.
Attack includes ground-attack and strategic bomber aircraft.

Fighter aircraft

TypeNameNumber
-Shenyang J-896
-Shenyang FC-312

Multirole aircraft

TypeNameNumber
-Shenyang J-16200
-Shenyang J-1524

Attack and bomber aircraft

TypeNameNumber

Helicopters

TypeNameNumber
-Changhe Z-1146
-Changhe Z-8163
-Kamov Ka-319
-Kamov Ka-2817
-Changhe Z-8L6
-Harbin Z-2024
-Eurocopter AS35053
-Eurocopter EC120 Colibri93
-Mil Mi-264
-Aérospatiale Gazelle8
-Aérospatiale SA 321 Super Frelon13
-Changhe Z-188

UCAV (combat drone)

TypeNameNumber
-GJ-11-
-CASC Rainbow-
-Guizhou Soar Dragon16

Navy

Total naval
742

(China)

Aircraftcarriers
4

(USA)

Destroyers
38

(USA)

Frigates
54

(China)

Corvettes
73

(Russia)

Submarines
74

(China)

Total naval - number of all military ships in country. Includes auxiliaries.
Aircraft carriers includes helicopter carriers. Destroyers includes Battlecruisers and Cruisers.

Aircraftcarriers

TypeNameNumber
-Type 075 landing helicopter dock2

Destroyers

TypeNameNumber
-Type 051C Luzhou class2
-Type 052B Luyang I class2
-Type 051B Luhai class1
-Type 052 Luhu class2
-Type 055 Renhai class3

Frigates

TypeNameNumber
-Type 054 Jiangkai I class2
-Jianghu class5

Corvettes

TypeNameNumber

Submarines

TypeNameNumber
-Type 0921
-Type 0951
-Type 093 / 093A Shang class6
-Type 039/039G/039G1 Song class12
-Kilo12
-Type 035 Ming class14
-Type 032 Qing class1

Nuclear weapons

The last of five nuclear-weapon states under the NPT, which at this moment possesses approximately 280 nuclear warheads in total. Nevertheless, the number of deployed bombs is unknown. The first test that occurred to be successful occurred in 1964. The main goal of Chinese was to build a deterrent against two major nuclear powers, namely The United States as well as The Soviet Union. The nation decided to choose dried lake for the nuclear site, Lop Nur. Although China developed and tested its first atomic device only in 1964, they managed to test their first hydrogen bomb only 32 months later. As a result, they can boast with the shortest period between developing fission and fusion technology.

China managed to conduct 45 tests of nuclear weapons. Still, the data regarding the stockpile of accumulated warheads is uncertain. The same thing concerns the number of deployed warheads. It is all due to the limited information that the country provides. We should also bear in mind that they are the only country out of five nuclear-weapon states under the NPT that does not give a positive security assurance.