India Military Power 2020-2021

World ranking: 5 

Overview

India, despite being ruled by outside powers for centuries has established itself as a powerful nation. This is due to its large population which is soon going to exceed China's.

Capital: New Delhi

Population: 1.353 billion

Defence Budget: 57 billion

Total Personnel: 2,545,000

land forces

With a moderately large arsenal of land systems, the Indian Army pales in comparison to China. Most of its equipment is of questionable ability in the 2020's. Perhaps the most important asset is the large amount of T-90s. The ICBMs and other missiles which have been the biggest achievement of the Indian defence industry outline the threats which India faces and its will to stay standing.

Tanks: 4,292

AFV: 8,686

MLRS: 266

SPG: 235

Air force

The Indian Air Force is the 4th largest in the world, with the 4th most fighters and bombers. Although modernisation is on the way, as it stands now the Indian Air Force doesn't have qualitative edge over its rivals. For instance it still uses MiG-21's. The use of MiG-21's proved fatal in a recent border clash. India needs to have a large number of modern aircraft if it wants to hold both Pakistan and China back.

Fighters: 538

Attack: 172

Armed UAVs: 0

Attack Helicopters: 23

Helicopters: 722

Other: 668

Navy

The Indian navy is in the process of acquiring multiple new vessels including a new aircraft carrier. If the nation is to remain in control of the Indian Ocean it must both qualitatively and quantitatively boost its fleet.

Total Vessels: 285

Carriers and LHDs: 1

Destroyers: 10

Frigates: 13

Corvettes: 19

Submarines: 16

Strong points

  • Missile programs

  • Numbers

  • Manpower available

weak points

  • Is lacking in many areas in comparison with Russia, USA and China

  • Needs to get rid of old equipment such as MiG-21s

  • Training is not the best

  • Its defence industry is way too small for its population

  • Needs more modern equipment all around.

Statistics

Manpower

3,545,000

Tanks

4,292

AFV

8,686

MLRS

266

SPG

235

Fighters

538

Attack 

172

UCAV

0

Attack helis

23

Helicopters

722

Other

668

Total vessels

285

Carriers & LHDs

1

Destroyers

10

Frigates

13

Corvettes

19

Submarines

16