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Pakistan vs India

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Country: Pakistan (PK) India (IN)
Capital: Islamabad New Delhi
Population: 199 085 847 1 276 267 000
Area: 796 095 km2 3 287 590 km2
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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 10,8 billion $ 55,9 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2,9% 2,5%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 653 800 2 140 000
Reserve personnel: 513 000 1 155 000
Available for military: 48 453 305 319 129 420

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 2 735 4 426
Armoured fighting vehicles: 3 066 5 681
Total artillery: 3 745 5 067
Self-propelled artillery: 325 290
Rocket artillery: 134 292

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 1 143 2 216
Fighter aircraft: 186 323
Multirole aircraf: 225 329
Attack aircraft: 90 220
Helicopters: 323 725

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Navy

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Total naval: 231 214
Aircraftcarriers: 0 2
Destroyers: 0 11
Frigates: 9 15
Corvettes: 0 24
Submarines: 5 15

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Nuclear weapons

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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.

India

Does not have nuclear weapons.

Military service

Pakistan

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.

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.