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Country: France (FR) India (IN)
Capital: Paris New Delhi
Population: 67,413,000 1,352,642,280
Area: 640,679 km2 3,287,590 km2
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Economy Comparison:

Military expenditures

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Military budget: 52.7 billion $ 67 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2.1% 2.4%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 270,000 1,455,550
Reserve personnel: 35,000 1,155,000
Available for military: 14,563,662 319,129,420

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 406 4,614
Armoured fighting vehicles: 6,463 8,600
Total artillery: 134 2,799
Self-propelled artillery: 109 100
Rocket artillery: 13 960

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 1,253 2,263
Fighter aircraft: 56 173
Multirole aircraf: 146 405
Attack aircraft: 86 120
Helicopters: 540 729
UCAV (combat drone): 12 12

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Navy

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Total naval: 111 267
Aircraftcarriers: 4 1
Destroyers: 11 11
Frigates: 11 13
Corvettes: 0 23
Submarines: 10 16

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Nuclear weapons

France

France managed to research and develop its own nuclear weapon in 1960. The test, known as, Gerboise Bleue, was the result of mostly French research. One of the main figures that played crucial role in the entire process of developing the bomb was General Pierre Marie Gallois. He was concerned that the Suez Crisis, which started in 1956, would show the world how insignificant France became, since out of all Great Powers in the world, they were the only one without possessing its own nuclear arsenal. The tests were conducted on the terrains of Sahara Desert.

At this moment France owns 300 nuclear warheads, out of which almost all are deployed. What is more, compared to Great Britain, they made more tests, approximately 210. Noteworthy is the fact that the development of the first nuclear bomb in France as well as its tests were a bit controversial. It was due to the fact that France allowed Israeli observers to attend the tests, providing them with almost unrestricted access to all the data. It was quite important, since Israel, together with United Kingdom and France, were trying to invade Egypt.

India

India is not a party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. India maintains a "no first use" nuclear policy

India has not released any official statements about the size of its nuclear arsenal. As of January 2020, India was estimated to have around 150 warheads.

Military service

France

18-25 years of age for male and female voluntary military service; no conscription; 1-year service obligation; women serve in noncombat post.

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.