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.
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.
Number of regular Armymen
China 16 lakh + Reserve forces 8 lakh + PAP 660000 = 3060000 total
India 1325000 + Reserve forces 18 lakh + territorial army = 37 lakh plus total.
China Tanks 7500, Artillery guns 20000, Helicopters 400, armoured vehicles 7500 +
India Tanks 5000, Artillery guns 19800, Helicopters 500, armoured vehicles number not known.
Surface to Air Missiles
China 210000 – India 190000
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.
China has over 2000 fighter and bomber aircrafts belonging to categories such as Jian, Jianhong, Chengdu, Hong 6, Qiang 5, FC-17, Sukhoi 27 and Sukhoi 30 MKK. (It has to be noted here that over 60% of these aircrafts are second and third generation aircrafts and a large number of those may not even be combat ready. The Sukhoi 30 MKK aircraft which is the premier fighter craft for China is technologically much inferior compared to the Sukhoi 30 MKI version that Indian Airforce operates. Sukhoi 30 MKK can actively engage two targets simultaneously.
First of all, like it has already been repeated by the Armed Forces Personnels, any war is won 20% on the 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. But Pakistani Patton tanks and Sabrejets were no match to our low grade capabilities and superior men. We won because we had Havaldar Abdul Hameed, the destroyer of Patton tanks and Squadron Leader Travor Keeler, also known as the Sabre-Slayer.