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Military power of Russia & India

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Country: Russia (RU) India (IN)
Capital: Moscow New Delhi
Population: 144 554 993 1 276 267 000
Area: 17 098 242 km2 3 287 590 km2
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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 66,3 billion $ 55,9 billion $
Percent of GDP: 4,3% 2,5%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 771 000 2 140 000
Reserve personnel: 2 000 000 1 155 000
Available for military: 34 765 736 319 129 420

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 20 050 4 426
Armoured fighting vehicles: 27 335 5 681
Total artillery: 14 557 5 067
Self-propelled artillery: 5 955 290
Rocket artillery: 4 032 292

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 4 441 2 216
Fighter aircraft: 751 323
Multirole aircraf: 526 329
Attack aircraft: 783 220
Helicopters: 1 505 725

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Navy

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Total naval: 314 214
Aircraftcarriers: 1 2
Destroyers: 18 11
Frigates: 10 15
Corvettes: 83 24
Submarines: 59 15

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Nuclear weapons

Russia

The second most important state when it comes to researching, developing, and then storing nuclear weapon. Although the Russians managed to catch up with Americans later on, it was only in 1949 that the first nuclear test conducted by then the Soviet Union occurred. It was still quite a surprise for the Western Powers, who believed that Russia won’t be capable of producing nuclear warheads until 1953-1954. After the first test, the nation in question started to rapidly increase the amount of warheads they possessed. In the end of 1980s, they were the leading power when it comes to total number of warheads stored. It was approximately 40,000 warheads.

Nowadays, similarly to United States, the Russians store a total number of 6490 warheads, what is scarcely more than USA. When it comes to the number of deployed warheads, the amount is the same as in case of Americans, namely 1600 deployed warheads. We should also remember about the fact that Russia conducted over 700 tests, what makes them the second most important nation when it comes to developing nuclear weapons. However, it was the Soviet Union that managed to create the biggest bomb in the world. Known as Tsar Bomba, it had blast yield of 50 megatons of TNT.

India

Does not have nuclear weapons.

Military service

Russia

18-27 years of age for compulsory or voluntary military service; males are registered for the draft at 17 years of age; 1-year service obligation (conscripts can only be sent to combat zones after 6 months of training); reserve obligation for non-officers to age 50; enrollment in military schools from the age of 16, cadets classified as members of the armed forces.

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.