Combat Power: China Way Ahead Of India

The Indian national daily, Hindustan Times, reported on Thursday that China is way ahead of India

16th Dec 2013


Combat Power: China Way Ahead Of India


The Indian national daily, Hindustan Times, reported on Thursday that China is way ahead of India in terms of sophisticated warfare mainly because of its new stealth jets, aircraft carriers, nuclear-powered submarines, warships and land-based strike formations.


As per the Defence Ministry document, India can bridge the gap at end of the 14th Plan period or in 2027. Defence experts are of the opinion that the outcome of a war can be determined only by dynamics of combat power encompass elements, like the military firepower, mobility, logistic capability, manpower and sustainability.


While India has 90-110 nuclear warheads, China has around 250. Similarly, India has only 3,500 tanks, while China has 9,000-10,000. As far as aircraft carriers are concerned, the South Asian country has two and its communist neighbour has one (under trials). China has also outnumbered India in the number of major warships. While China has more then 250 major warships (including 65 submarines), India has 140 such warships (including 14 submarines). Beijing also has more than 3,500 fighter jets, including Sukhoi-30s, JF-17s and J-10s. On the other hand, India has only 600-plus fighter jets, including Sukhoi-30s, Mirage-2000s and Jaguars. India is currently developing its Agni-V strategic missile to extend its strike capability to 5,500km. Meanwhile, China already has the Dong Feng-31 strategic missile with a strike range of 14,000km. It means Beijing can easily strike targets anywhere on the planet.


India’s Air Vice Marshal (Retired) Kapil Kak, also a renowned strategic affairs expert, still believes the “desirable combat ratio” could be achievable, if New Delhi takes right steps to counter Beijing’s military build-up. However, he has admitted that the job will be difficult as China has started taking initiatives to transform its military to retain an edge over India. The volume of Beijing’s official defence budget in 2013-14 is INR 5,94,000 crore compared to India’s INR 2,03,672 crore. Experts believe that Beijing’s actual defence spending is much higher than the official figure.


“In a land battle, an Army can only defend against an attacking force three times its strength,” the former Indian air chief stressed.

 

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