WATCH OUT PAKISTAN: Comparison Of Military Strength And Arsenal Gives 4.2 Million Reasons Why Pakistan Should Think Twice Before Attacking India

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In the aftermath of the Pulwama attack by Pak-sponsored Jaish-e-Mohammed, ties between India and Pakistan have sharply deteriorated, escalating tension on the international border.

Written By Daamini Sharma | Mumbai | Updated On:

In the aftermath of the Pulwama attack by Pak-sponsored Jaish-e-Mohammed, ties between India and Pakistan have sharply deteriorated, escalating tension on the international border. On February 14, 2019, Jaish-e-Mohammed suicide bomber rammed explosives-laden vehicle into a bus ferrying CRPF jawans in Pulwama district in which 40 soldiers were martyred. India strongly retaliated to the cowardly attack by conducting an air strike in which terror camps of JeM in Pakistan were turned into dust and more than 245 on-foot soldiers and terrorists were killed in a matter of 17 minutes. 

All political parties of India, national as well as regional, came together in the fight against terror-friendly neighbour and even the citizens shouted slogans hailing the sacrifice of the forces. Moreover, India revoked the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status that was unilaterally accorded to Pakistan over 20 years ago. The government of India also resolved to isolate Pakistan on the global stage. US, Australia, France, and other world countries issued statements condemning Pakistan for breeding terrorists on their soil and asserted that the world's patience on terrorist safe havens is running thin. 

Amid escalated tensions and the global pressure building on Pakistan to act against perpetrators of terror, here's a comparison of military strength and arsenal between the two neighbours.  

  • Army: India has one of the largest armies in the world
  • Airforce: Pakistan's air force is substantially smaller than that of India
  • Navy: Pakistan has a smaller coastline compared to India

1. Fighter Aircraft: 

A fighter aircraft is designed primarily for air-to-air combat, as opposed to bombers and attack aircraft whose main mission is to attack ground targets. The hallmarks of a fighter are its speed, maneuverability, and small size relative to other combat aircraft.

  • India has 590 Fighter aircrafts 
  • Pakistan has 320 Fighter aircrafts

2. Destroyers:

In naval terminology, a destroyer is a fast, manoeuvrable long-endurance warship intended to escort larger vessels in a fleet, convoy or battle group and defend them against smaller powerful short-range attackers. 

  • Indian Navy has 11 destroyers
  • Pakisatan Navy stands at zero 

3. Aircraft Carrier:

An aircraft carrier is a warship that serves as a seagoing airbase, equipped with a full-length flight deck and facilities for carrying, arming, deploying, and recovering aircraft. It is the capital ship of a fleet, as it allows a naval force to project air power worldwide without depending on local bases for staging aircraft operations.

  • Indian Forces have 1 aircraft carrier 
  • Pakistan stands at zero

4. Corvettes:

A Corvette is a small warship. It is traditionally the smallest class of vessel considered to be a proper warship. They are usually armed with medium- and small-calibre guns, surface-to-surface missiles, surface-to-air missiles, and antisubmarine weapons. Many can accommodate a small or medium antisubmarine warfare helicopter.

  • India owns 22 Corvettes
  • Pakistan forces have zero Corvettes

5. Frigates:

Frigates, which are naval vessels intermediate between corvettes and destroyers, have had a significant role in naval history. Any of several different types of small and fast warships, usually either the square-rigged sailing ships of the 17th–19th century or the radar- and sonar-equipped antisubmarine and air-defence ships come under this category.

  • India forces own 14 frigates
  • Pakistan has 10 frigates

6. Helicopters:

A military helicopter is a helicopter that is either specifically built or converted for use by military forces. A military helicopter's mission is a function of its design or conversion. The most common use of military helicopters is transport of troops, but transport helicopters can be modified or converted to perform other missions such as combat search and rescue (CSAR), medical evacuation (MEDEVAC), airborne command post, or even armed with weapons for attacking ground targets. Specialized military helicopters are intended to conduct specific missions. Examples of specialized military helicopters are attack helicopters, observation helicopters and anti-submarine warfare helicopters.

  • India owns 720 helicopters 
  • Pakistan forces have mere 328

7. Military Personnel:

Military personnel are members of the state's armed forces. Their roles and obligations differ according to their military branch (army, navy, marines, air force, and sometimes coast guard), rank (officer, non-commissioned officer, or enlisted recruit), and their military task when deployed on operations and on exercise. 

  • India has a 4,207, 250 Army Personnel ready to retaliate any unwanted attack of terror strike
  • Pakistan, in comparison to India, has 919,000 Army Personnel in its force

8. Self-propelled artillery: 

Self-propelled artillery also called mobile artillery or locomotive artillery is equipped with its own propulsion system to move towards its target. Within the terminology are the self-propelled gun, a self-propelled howitzer, self-propelled mortar, and rocket artillery. They are high mobility vehicles, usually based on continuous tracks carrying either a large field gun, howitzer, mortar, or some form of rocket/missile launcher. They are usually used for long-range indirect bombardment support on the battlefield.

  • India number in the category stands at 3147
  • Pakistan stands at just 307

9. Submarines:

A submarine or simply sub is a watercraft capable of independent operation underwater. Submarines combine the qualities of stealth, endurance and flexibility to carry out their tasks silently and unhindered from patrolling the world’s seas or carrying the nation's strategic nuclear deterrent.

  • India currently owns 16 Submarines 
  • Pakistan owns 5 Submarines in comparison to its neighbour

10. Tanks:

A tank is an armoured fighting vehicle designed for front-line combat, with heavy firepower, strong armour, tracks and a powerful engine providing good battlefield manoeuvrability.

  • India currently has 4426 tanks
  • Whereas, Pakistan owns 2128

11. Towed artillery: 

The towed, tube artillery are wheeled guns that can be air-transported to support light infantry and are towed behind their "prime movers" (relatively light-weight trucks). They provide minimal protection for their crews. Firing the large shells at a rapid rate is heavy physical work.

  • India stands at 4158
  • Pakistan stands at 1240

12. Transport aircraft:

Military transport aircraft or military cargo aircraft are typically fixed wing and rotary wing cargo aircraft which are used to airlift troops, weapons and other military equipment by a variety of methods to any area of military operations around the surface of the planet, usually outside the commercial flight routes in uncontrolled airspace.

  • India has 708 transport aircrafts 
  • Pakistan has 296 transport aircraft


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