Connect with us

Featured

Indian Army Set To Become World’s Largest Armed Force Overtaking China

Published

on

With approximately 14 lakh servicemen in the Indian Army along with another nine lakh in reserve, the Indian Army has become the world’s largest ground force, ahead of China, which has cut down its strength by half.

Nawaz Sharif Promoted Pro-India, Pro-Modi Policy; Was Against Supporting Hurriyat Leaders

China held the top position for decades with strength of nearly twenty lakh soldiers. However, according to a defence report commissioned by the Government of Japan, China now commands the third-largest ground force in the world following India and neighbour North Korea, with approximately 9,80,000 personnel.  North Korea is estimated to have 12 lakh active personnel, according to a US-based thinktank.

The Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) was always regarded as the largest army in the world with an approximate strength of two million soldiers. India, which has been keenly watching the PLA’s modernisation, is just in the initial stages of building a leaner and modern technology-enabled force as envisioned by PM Modi in 2015.

India, Japan Developing Hypersonic Missiles To Counter Looming Chinese Threats

However, while China has been working on a massive modernisation of its force, India’s modernisation plans for its large personnel-driven force have been stalled by a cash crunch and a constantly increasing pension.

The Indian Army has so far carried out four transformation studies and is working on trimming its force by about 1.5 lakh personnel, which could take a minimum of five years.

Chinese president Xi Jinping had in 2015 announced the downsizing of the PLA to make the force leaner and reliant on modern warfare. The unprecedented reform began in November that year during which the focus shifted to technology for cyber and space and futuristic weapons besides giving a greater emphasis on building up the PLA’s Navy and the Air Force.

China Has Occupied Over 38,000 Sq Km of Indian Land In Ladakh & Arunachal: India Govt

“Since 1985, China has continuously sought to modernize its military by curtailing the number of personnel and streamlining organizations and systems through reforms, including those currently being implemented, in order to improve operational capabilities … China has rapidly modernized its missile forces in recent years,” the Japanese military document said.

PLA ground forces cut by half

In January 2020, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported that China had cut the size of its land-based PLA by about 50 per cent and significantly boosted its navy and air force as part of an “unprecedented” strategic shift designed to transform its army into a comprehensive modern force.

The report indicated that the four other branches of the PLA — the navy, air force, rocket force and strategic support force, which is responsible for areas such as cyber warfare — together make up more than half of the Chinese military, overtaking the army, which has traditionally been the dominant unit of the PLA, the South China Morning Post reported.

Indian Military Base In Sabang, Indonesia Can Strangle China At The Strait of Malacca

Shanghai-based military analyst Ni Lexiong was quoted by the newspaper as saying that the overhaul marked a significant strategic shift from having a homeland-based defensive force to one with the capacity to allow Beijing to flex its muscles beyond its national borders and to protect its interests overseas.

He explained that modern warfare puts a greater emphasis on superiority in areas such as the air, space and cyberspace — further reducing the importance of the ground force.  He added that the Chinese Army had to be reformed and optimized to meet the pressing needs of the changing times and this was the purpose of the overhaul. He also said that in the old set up, the PLA had too many officers and in this overhaul the all these officers must find new positions and adapt or they will be made redundant.

US-China Competition

China, under Xi Jinping, is looking to develop its armed forces as it gets deeper entrenched in a strategic competition with the United States. Over the years, the Chinese have raised their defence spending as it grew richer due to its miraculous economic progress.

Russia Could Get Orders To Supply MiG-29 Jets To Indian Navy: Reports

The US remains the dominant military power in the world with a plethora of strategic assets across the Indo-Pacific region. The Americans also have a highly advanced force in all areas of the military, something that the Chinese are trying to catch up with.

India has also been in the process of military modernization by integrating advanced equipment and developing state-of-the-art technical know-how. However, with a defence budget estimated to be less than a quarter of its northern neighbour’s, India has limited resources to pull in.

Turkey To Lose A Whopping $2.3 Billion Deal From India After Erdogan Rants Over Kashmir

The armed forces have been largely dependent on imported weapons from the US, Israel and Russia; but a renewed push is being given to domestic defence manufacturing under the Make in India initiative.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook

FEATURED

rafale-jets rafale-jets
Featured6 hours ago

Indian Rafale Jets, For The 1st Time, Conduct Sorties Over Ladakh

French-origin Dassault Rafale jets, for the first time known, have commenced conducting ‘familiarization’ sorties over Ladakh as tensions between two...

qatar-saudi qatar-saudi
Featured14 hours ago

Qatar Affirms Its Position On Israel-Palestine Issue; Says Ending Israeli Occupation A Must

Qatar on Sunday said it stands by Palestinians and that the long-standing conflict with Israel should be resolved by addressing...

F-15EX-india F-15EX-india
Featured23 hours ago

No More Rafales! Why Indian Air Force Could Reject Second Batch Of Dassault Rafale Jets?

As the Indian Air Force (IAF) looks to further bolster its aerial fleet after the successful acquisition of French Dassault...

US-CHINA-INDIA-JAPAN US-CHINA-INDIA-JAPAN
Americas1 day ago

US To Re-Impose Biting UN Sanctions On Iran Despite Global Objections

The US will reimpose biting UN sanctions on Iran that were removed as part of a 2015 nuclear pact struck...

F-35-INDIA F-35-INDIA
Featured1 day ago

Not J-20s, China Could Field Another ‘Stealth Jet’ To Counter US’ F-35s, Indian Rafales

As tensions boil over Taiwan, the US and China have ramped up efforts in the field of defense innovation as...

army-soldiers army-soldiers
Featured1 day ago

Amid Afghan Peace Talks, Two Pakistan Army Soldiers Ambushed Near Afghanistan Border

 Two Pakistan Army soldiers were killed on Saturday in a clash with suspected militants near the country’s northwestern border with...

Chinese-Military-Base Chinese-Military-Base
Asia Pacific2 days ago

Is China Threatening To Shoot-Down ‘Civilian Airlines’ Operating Over The South China Sea?

China has warned the US after it flew its ‘spy planes’ over the South China Sea several times electronically disguising...

Demonetization-Narendra-Modi Demonetization-Narendra-Modi
Featured2 days ago

Narendra Modi Second Indian Prime Minister To Win Ig Nobel Prize 2020

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been awarded the Ig Nobel Prize for 2020 for ‘Medical Education’. The award is...

CPEC-Project CPEC-Project
Featured2 days ago

India vs Pakistan: Why Are India’s COVID-19 Cases Inflating While Pakistan Has Almost Overcome The Pandemic?

While India has literally been brought to its knees by the COVID-19 pandemic with almost 100,000 cases reported daily, the...

Sheikh-Mujibur-Rahman-Movie Sheikh-Mujibur-Rahman-Movie
Featured2 days ago

India, Bangladesh, Agree To Enhance Border Patrol, Curb Border Killings

India and Bangladesh on Saturday agreed to launch joint border patrols to curb killings and crimes. in the border region....

Advertisement