Where does the Indian Army stand in comparison to the Chinese Army (in terms of weaponry/tactics)?
Bibhu Priyadarshi, works at JSW Steel
First of all, like it has already been repeated by the Armed Forces Personnels, any war is won 20% on d basis of equipments and 80% by morale. Thus, the statistics displayed doesn't show all the picture. Otherwise, India would have lost to Pakistan also in 1965.
Times have changed, the concept of Ferocious, deadly warriors is getting obsolete. What has emerged is the concept of Scholar and intelligent warrior. Wars are now won on strategies. If one follows fact, its not hard to find out that the Indian loss in 1962 was due to wrong go nment Strategies and not due to military drawbacks or lack of weapons or personnels.
Again, if a war happens, it will happen at a point or two. India has got far better strategic Airlift capability than China, with Globemaster and Hercules in her Air force. That means we can transport our men and equipments faster than the Chinese at the point of action.
So its not at all wise to predict that India will lose face in case a conflict happens
What if China declares war on India or it happens to be the other way around (Highly unlikely) , is India strong enough to strike back ?
Back in 1962 India lost war to China over the same issue , the non demarcated boundary has then since been a matter of conflict. The Chinese army has since been intervening regularly but this has now gone far beyond the limit.
Now that China signals for a possible war, let us analyze what does this have to mean and what do the number and stats say about comparison between the military strengths of the two countries.
Let’s start off with a few lesser known facts :
1.India is the world’s largest importer of military goods.
2.India has joined the Nuclear Power’s elite club which previously included USA, China, France and Russia with the development of ICBM (Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile) AGNI-V.
3.India is one of the few countries operating an Aircraft carrier
James P OMalley, autodidact
China has a slight advantage in areas, but india is well armed and well trained enough to defend itself. Arguably the indian navy is operationally more proficient than the PLAN. The brahmos anti ship missile would be impossible for china to intercept and overall the indians have benefited from exposure to the british military over the centuries and are better trained in my opinion.
India needs more submarines badly, and in the air is just as good as china with both nations sharing the same types of fighters such as the su30. Again i would bet money that the indians are better trained and have better tactics than the chinese because of the influence of the british in the past. Both have ample nuclear weapons to cancel out the other.
Indias t90 tanks are better than chinese tanks. Overall it would be a draw, but both nations do have capable militaries. Personally i think india will become more powerful than china in the long run..
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Well I’m not going to make any virtual war between india and china. Rather than i’ll only talk about the armed personnels and weaponry system. From past some years India is spending huge amount of money on its weaponry system due to his neighbouring countries which he finds threat and will question his sovereignty.
Before start comparing there armed system. Pardon me for my amateur attempt. There should be no comparison between India and china. In case of any conflict between these two great nation, India have to face greater consequences.
China- 166US bn$( This year China has increased its budget upto 8%)
India - 42.84US bn$
16 lakh + Reserve forces 8 lakh + PAP 660000 = 3060000 total
1325000 + Reserve forces 18 lakh + territorial army = 37 lakh plus total.
160万+预备役80万+民兵660000 = 3060000
Artillery guns 20000
armoured vehicles 7500 +
Artillery guns 19800
armoured vehicles number not known
Surface to Air Missiles
China 210000 -
Besides these China has deployed around 1800 ballistic missiles some of which have nuclear warheads. (range between 280-350 kms upto 13000 kms).
On the other hand India has over 1700 missiles belonging to the Prithvi, Agni and Brahmos supersonic Cruise missile category (range between 150 kms upto 5500 kms). Besides these India has also developed a land based missile named Shaurya (range upto 2200 kms) and its submarine based version named Sagarika, both of which are supposed to be in service shortly or might have already been inducted.
The part where India really lags behind China in terms of numbers is the number of aircraft possessed by their airforces and the vessels operated by their respective navies.
Since we are a major trade partners with Europe Union, ally with Russians and yes of course friends with United States. Indian army is developing its own technology and list of ballistic missiles that can overwhelm enemies. Not to forgot Indian parliament is sending huge amounts of money to the defense research department to come with state of art modern weapons.
One thing we (Indians) learned was never underestimate the strength of our enemies.
Many of them have already given a nice overview of the numerical superiority that China enjoys over India in terms of aircraft inventory, armoured inventory, personnel inventory but one thing which no one talks about is the combat experience. After the Chinese Civil War which ended in 1949 China has hardly engaged in major battles. The last known battle was against Vietnam where they we routed as per many neutral sources. In comparison the Indian armed forces have been exposed to combat operations in defense of the nation or on UN peacekeeping operation since 1947. So, if a war should break out between the Asian giants all the technology and hardware would not matter if you cannot fight. Here I see India having a major edge over China
Mihir Singh, studied at Smt C.hm
First of all the treaty was signed named Indo-Soviet treaty in response to pakistan relations with America and China during August,1971.According to this treaty India and Russia will help each other during war and will respect each others sovereignty and fre m.Therefore,even if china attempts to attack India, Russia will provide aids as per the treaty and it will be nearly impossible for China to win the war if russia helps India because Russia and India are twice of Chinese military.Thank You!
In terms of weaponry we not far behind from from China and have advance weapons to counter China. There are many factors contributing to this as our army is regarding very highly world wide for its bravery and professionalism and much experienced with regard to conflicts.
Our Air force and navy is also capable to strike deep into China, so in case of any war we can go beyond our capabilities.
Rohan Chandanshive, Defence aspirant .
In comparison with weaponary and tactics, we are just few steps back then the People's Republic Army ( china).
But , Indian armed forces can give a tough fight to Chinese army.The victory for both of the nation's would be very tough.
India. Ranks 4 th after USA , FRANCE,CHINA AND GERMANY in terms of Total manpower.
In coming years ,India will become as strong as Chinese army.
Remember 1962 ,Indian forces were not so strong, even then our soldiers gave a brave fight.
Sreenivasan P K,
the reality is india has 120 nucler warheads where china 200. surya icbm can travel 16000 km of india.india has more aircraft carriesrs and submarines than china. the india didnt lost in 1962 war but both countries stopped the war with peace but our president went to sign there so they celebrate the war by saying india was lost. The reality is neither countries won the war.