Pakistani Armed forces

Pakistan
Population
225,199,937
Military budget
10.3 billion $
Active personnel
653,000
Nuclear weapons
120–130 warheads
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Basic informations

Capital: Islamabad
Area: 796,095 km2
Population: 225,199,937
Etnic groups: Punjabi 44.68%, Pashtun (Pathan) 15.42%, Sindhi 14.1%, Sariaki 8.38%, Muhajirs 7.57%, Balochi 3.57%, other 6.28%
Religions: Muslim 96.4% (Sunni 85-90%, Shia 10-15%), other (includes Christian and Hindu) 3.6%

Military branches

(پاک مُسَلّح افواج‎,) Pakistan Army (includes National Guard), Pakistan Navy (includes Maritime Security Agency), Pakistan Air Force (Pakistan Fiza'ya).

Military service

16-23 years of age for voluntary military service; soldiers cannot be deployed for combat until age 18; the Pakistani Air Force and Pakistani Navy have inducted their first female pilots and sailors; the Pakistan Air Force recruits aviation technicians at age 15; service obligation (Navy) 10-18 years; retirement required after 18-30 years service or age 40-52.

Military expenditures

Military budget
10.3 billion $

(USA)

Percent of GDP
4

Manpower

Active personnel
653,000

(China)

Reserve
513,000

(China)

Available
48,453,305

(China)

Land Forces

Tanks
2,735

(Russia)

AFV
3,066

(USA)

Artillery
3,745

(Russia)

Self-propelled guns
325

(Russia)

Rocket artillery
134
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 85-IIAP300
-Type 69-II300

AFVs

TypeNameNumber
-Otokar Akrep260
-Ferret AFV90
-WZ551-
-Type 6380
-Saad APC-
-UR-41646
-Otokar Cobra10
-BRDM-2-
-BMC-Kirpi-
-Casspir-

Self-propelled artillery

TypeNameNumber
-M11060

Rocket artillery

TypeNameNumber
-Azar 52

Air Forces

Total aircraft
1,241

(USA)

Fighters
186

(China)

Multirole
225

(USA)

Attack
90

(Russia)

Helicopters
323

(USA)

UCAV (combat drone)
98

(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

Multirole aircraft

TypeNameNumber
-Dassault Mirage III90

Attack and bomber aircraft

TypeNameNumber
-Dassault Mirage 590

Helicopters

TypeNameNumber
-Eurocopter Fennec10
-Aérospatiale Puma45
-Aérospatiale Alouette III30
-Aérospatiale SA-315B Lama18
-Bell 20618
-Bell 40745
-Bell 41235
-Westland Sea King6

UCAV (combat drone)

TypeNameNumber
-NESCOM Burraq-

Navy

Total naval
231

(China)

Aircraftcarriers
0

(USA)

Destroyers
0

(USA)

Frigates
9

(China)

Corvettes
0

(Russia)

Submarines
5

(China)

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

Aircraftcarriers

TypeNameNumber
--

Destroyers

TypeNameNumber
--

Frigates

TypeNameNumber
-Zulfiquar class4

Corvettes

TypeNameNumber
--

Submarines

TypeNameNumber
-Agosta-70 class2
-Agosta-90B class3

Nuclear weapons

Pakistan is one of several nations that are not the part of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Yet, the Pakistani government managed to acquire nuclear warheads, or at least it is believed so. The entire pursuit for nuclear power began at the beginning of 1970s. It was back then, when Western Powers heard about Pakistan efforts of developing nuclear weapons. At the beginning the government established first nuclear power plant. It was located near Karachi. Noteworthy is the fact that it was possible due to the help of Western nations, which provided Pakistan with necessary equipment and materials. Later on, the president of Pakistan said that the main goal of Pakistan is to construct nuclear weapons. It was a response to India’s claim that they are capable of building nuclear weapons.

Although throughout the 1970s and at the beginning of 1980s there were little facts regarding Pakistan’ nuclear capabilities, there were rumours that from the mid-1980s, Pakistan already had a few warheads. However, it was only in 1998 that Pakistan decided to conduct their first nuclear tests. There were 6 tests and they were the response to 5 tests that India conducted several weeks before Pakistan.