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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (North Atlantic Alliance) is an intergovernmental military alliance which was signed in Washington on 4 April 1949. NATO is a system of collective security: its independent member states agree to defend each other against attacks by others countries. NATO's main headquarters are located in Brussels. The following twelve states signed the treaty and became the founding members: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, United Kingdom and United States. The following states joined the treaty after 1949: Greece, Germany, Turkey and Spain. Members who joined after the dissolution of the Soviet Union: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Albania, Croatia, Montenegro and North Macedonia.

Before and during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, several NATO countries sent army to reinforce the alliance's eastern flank. Alliance had deployed 40,000 troops along its 2,500 kilometres long Eastern flank to deter possible Russian aggression. On 5 July the North Atlantic Alliance members signed off on the accession protocols for Sweden and Finland and formally approved the decisions of the NATO summit.

Finland joined the alliance on 4 April 2023.

India is a country located in Southern Asia with an area of 3,287,590 km2 (land boundries: 13,888 km and costline 7,000 km). The capital of India is New Delhi. The number of inhabitants is 1,352,642,280.

The Indian Armed Forces were chiefly focused on China and Pakistan. India and Pakistan have fought several conflicts since 1947. The Sino-Indian War between China and India occurred in October–November 1962. A disputed Himalayan border was the main cause of the war. The inventory of the Indian Armed Forces consists mostly of Russian- and Soviet-origin equipment along with a smaller mix of Western and domestically-produced arms. Russia has been the leading supplier of arms to India. France, Israel, and the US also among the major arms suppliers. India's defense industry is capable of producing a range of weapons systems for indigenous use and export.

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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 1157.71 billion $ 66 billion $
Percent of GDP: 0% 2.2%

Military budget

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Highest value in the world: 816 billion $ (USA)


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Active personnel: 3,142,889 1,400,000
Reserve personnel: 2,748,132 800,000
Available for military: 206,903,543 319,129,420


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Highest value in the world: 2,035,000 (China)

Land Forces

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Tanks: 14,125 4,614
Armoured fighting vehicles: 86,709 8,600
Total artillery: 12,997 2,799
Self-propelled artillery: 4,359 100
Rocket artillery: 2,485 960


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Highest value in the world: 12,267 (Russia)

Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 21,104 2,263
Fighter aircraft: 1,104 173
Multirole aircraft: 3,586 405
Attack aircraft: 728 120
Helicopters: 8,293 729
UCAV (combat drone): 556 12

Total aircraft

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Highest value in the world: 12,930 (USA)


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Total naval: 1,916 267
Aircraftcarriers: 28 1
Destroyers: 119 11
Frigates: 113 13
Corvettes: 54 23
Submarines: 144 16

Total naval

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Highest value in the world: 967 (North Korea)

Nuclear weapons


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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


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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.