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Who is more powerful in the defense sector between India and China: A comparative study?

28-JUL-2017 11:46

    India and China Both are considered as the largest superpower of Asian continent. The size of trade between these two countries is around $70 billion.  On the other hand, the boundary dispute between the two countries is always alive. In the light of the recent standoff between these two counties in the Doklam area; we are comparing the defence capabilities of these two countries in this article.

    Let’s us have a look…
    1. Defense Budget
    India: $ 55 billion
    China: $ 151 billion

    Indian Defence Budget 2017 18

    Image source:SP'sMAI
    2. Total Population
    India: 1.34 billion
    China: 1.38 billion
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    3. Total manpower

    India : 61.6 million
    China : 75 million
    4. People Fit for the job
    India: 49 million
    China: 62 million
    5. The manpower ready for the military (every year)
    India: 23 million
    China: 19 million

    military manpower in china

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    6. Total Active Army
    India: 13.25 lacs
    China: 23.35 lacs

    indian army

    7. Number of Total Atomic Bombs
    India: 120 to 130
    China: 270 to 300
    8. Aircraft (all types)
    India: 2663
    China: 3749

    Air craft India

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    9. Helicopter
    India: 646
    China: 802
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    10. Attack Helicopter
    India: 19
    China: 200

    11. Airports (serviceable)
    India: 346
    China: 507

    12. Total Tanks
    India: 6464
    China: 9150

    indian tank

    Image source:Tanks Encyclopedia

    13. Major Ports/Terminals
    India: 7
    China: 15

    14. Merchant Marine strength
    India: 340
    China: 2,030

    Merchant marine
    Image source:Fortune
    15. Mine Warfare Craft
    India: 6
    China: 4

    mine-warfare-craft
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    16. Towed Artillery
    India: 7414
    China:
    6246

    towed artillery gun system
    Image source:The Economic Times
    17. Submarines
    India: 14
    China: 68

    indian submarine

    Image source:India.com

    18. Fleet strength
    India: 295
    China: 714

    19. Aircraft Carrier
    India: 2
    China: 1
    (INS Vikramaditya)

    ins vikramaditya

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    20. Frigates
    India: 14
    China: 48

    21. Destroyer Ships
    India: 10
    China: 32

    22. Patrol Craft
    India: 135
    China: 138

    23. Ballistic Missiles
    India: 5000
    China: 13000

    ballistic missile agni v
    Image source:The Indian Express
    24. Petroleum Production (per day)
    India: 7.67 lac  bbl
    China: 41.89 lac  bbl

    25. Petroleum consumption (per day)
    India: 35.10 lac bbl
    China: 1.01 cr. bbl
    After reading the data above, it can be said as a summary that India is far behind China in almost all equipments. China has made a lot of money because of progress of its manufacturing sector and spent a large portion of this money in refining its military power. So, if India has to establish a balance of power in South Asia, it will first have to reduce its dependence on imported defence equipment by having more and more made in India defence products.
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