Global firepower: China's military might is LIMITLESS With China's military might now at 2.3 million (approximately 23 lakh) active personnel, it has reached the status of the largest army in the world, according to Business Insider. This is despite the fact that China has not been involved in any serious battles since the early 1980s when it faced off in a brief skirmish with Vietnam. America has far more ships and warplanes worldwide, but in just under 20 years, China has created the largest force of submarines and amphibious warfare ships in Asia. In comparison: United States: 30 lakh personnel India: 13 lakh personnel According to Business Insider, China says it spent $98.8 billion (Rs 4.80 lakh crore) on its military in 2009, although analysts estimate spending may be more than three times that amount. In comparison: United States: $663 billion (Rs 32,22,180 crore) India: $36 billion ( Rs 1,74,960 crore) China's Air Force: 470,000 personnel, 2,556 jet fighters, 400 ground attack jets. In comparison: United States: 329,638 active personnel, 2,132 fighters India: 170,000 active personnel, 1,440 aircraft (approximate figures) China's Naval Force: 250,000 personnel, 66 submarines, 27 destroyers, 52 frigates. In comparison: United States: Aircraft carriers: 11 Dock landing ships: 12 Cruisers: 22 Destroyers: 60 Frigates: 27 Submarines: 75 India: Total Navy Ships: 175 Aircraft Carriers: 1 Destroyers: 8 Submarines: 15 Frigates: 12 China's Strategic Missile Force: 100,000 personnel, 140 nuclear missiles, 1,000 conventional theater missiles. In comparison: United States: 5,200 (approximate figures) India: 80-100 (approximate figures) China's ground force: 1.9 million (19 lakh) personnel, 14,000 tanks, 14,500 artillery units, 453 helicopters. In comparison: United States: Tanks: 9,573 Helicopters: 6,417 India: Tanks: 5,000 Helicopters: 848 Little is known about China's cyber-warfare programmes that may give it an edge. China recently announced the existence of the Blue Army, a government-sponsored cyber warfare unit similar to those launched by the US, the United Kingdom, Australia and Israel. The unit, which was officially formed two years ago but has existed in some form for a decade, claims to exist for defensive reasons only. Global firepower: China's military might is LIMITLESS - Rediff.com News =============== ~~~ Our Missiles and navy figures are incorrect and way off the chart.