Updated: Do you know how India and Pakistan compare militarily in 2017?

According to Global Firepower Index, Pakistan ranks as the 13th most powerful military in the world. India ranks as the 4th most powerful.

A military power comparison of India vs Pakistan 2017 from Global Firepower Index is below.

Data is from January 2016. Since then, some data including defence budgets have changed:

See our story on 2014 GFI ranking: Pakistan 15th most powerful military in the world

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The ranking below is based on data from Credit Suisse, published by Business Insider.

According to Credit Suisse, Pakistan is 11th strongest military in the world in 2016. India is 5th strongest.

This is 2015 data. Some changes have taken place since then:

🇮🇳 India: No 5

Budget: $50 billion
Active frontline personnel:1,325,000
Tanks: 6,464
Total aircraft: 1,905
Submarines: 15

India is one of the largest military powers on the planet. It has the most active manpower of any country aside from China and the US, in addition to the most tanks and aircraft of any country besides the US, China, or Russia.

India also has access to nuclear weapons. It’s expected to become the fourth-highest military spender on earth by 2020.

🇵🇰 Pakistan: No 11

Budget: $7 billion
Active frontline personnel: 617,000
Tanks: 2,924
Total aircraft: 914
Submarines: 8

The Pakistani military is one of the largest forces in the world, in terms of active personnel. Credit Suisse also credits the country with having large tank, aircraft, and attack-helicopter fleets.

In addition, Pakistan is thought to be building nuclear weapons at a fast-enough rate that it could have the world’s third-largest nuclear arsenal within the following decade.

See 2015 Credit Suisse ranking: Pakistan 11th strongest military in the world

Also: Comparing the Pakistan & Afghanistan military power

Nuclear warheads Pakistan vs India 2016

In terms of nuclear weapons, Pakistan has an edge over India, according to ican and statista. Below:

🇵🇰 Pakistan: 120

🇮🇳 India: 110


According to Arms Control Association, Pakistan and India are at par in terms of stockpile. Below:

🇵🇰 Pakistan: 120

🇮🇳 India: 120


Our earlier story: Number of nuclear warheads down worldwide, up in S Asia

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By Wali Zahid | IMC

Wali failed to finish his PhD in international conflict analysis from University of Kent at Canterbury, UK.

As part of his study fellowships, he went to Canada’s Pearson Peacekeeping Center, American University Washington DC’s Summer School in Conflict & Peace, ASPR Austria’s Peace-building Summer program and GIIS’s  Program in International Security in Geneva, Switzerland and UK’s Reading University’s Humanitarian Intervention Conference.

He has participated in international conferences along side specialists from SIPRI, which produced the above data.

While he worked as a journalist, Wali had the opportunity to visit Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest battleground, and forward posts along the Line of Control (LOC) on Pakistan-India border.

He also had the opportunity to visit Pakistan Ordnance Factory, Rebuild Factory, PAF Kamra Base.

As a leadership thinker, Wali has spoken on military leadership at Pakistan Naval Academy, Karachi. He appears on national TV on matters of significance to Pakistan.

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