- New Delhi (IANS) - Heightened tension between India and
Pakistan has led to the massing of troops along their winding border, sparking
fears of a military conflict.
The following is a comparison of the military strength of the two countries:
Army: 1.1 million personnel with five regional commands and 12 corps. Reserves:
Territorial Army - 40,000 volunteers
Equipment : 3,400 main battle tanks, including T-55, T-72, Vijayanta.
90 light tanks 1,450 infantry combat vehicles 300 armoured personnel
carriers 4,175 pieces of towed artillery, including 155mm Bofors howitzers,
130 mm guns, 105 mm guns About 200 pieces of self-propelled artillery
2,400 air defence guns Unspecified number of Searcher and other unmanned
aerial vehicles 150 helicopters
Navy : 53,000 personnel with three commands and far Eastern joint command
in the Andaman and Nicobar island chain. Personnel include 1,000 marine
Equipment : 10 Russian-made Kilo-class submarines, four HDW SSK submarines
and two Soviet era Foxtrot submarines, one aircraft carrier with Sea King
helicopters and Sea Harrier aircraft, eight guided missile destroyers,
11 frigates, seven corvettes and 39 patrol and offshore combat vessels,
18 mine warfare vessels, seven amphibious combat vessels, 32 support vessels.
20 Sea Harrier aircraft, 29 Dornier aircraft, 10 Il-38 and Tu-142 reconnaissance
aircraft, some 70 helicopters, including Ka-25s.
Air Force: 110,000 personnel with five regional commands
Equipment: More than 700 combat aircraft, including Su-30, MiG-21, MiG-23,
MiG-29, Mirage 2000, Jaguar maritime aircraft. More than 20 attack helicopters,
including Mi-25 and Mi-35. Four Boeing electronic intelligence aircraft,
two reconnaissance squadrons, More than 200 transport aircraft, including
Dorniers, An-32, Avros, Il-76. More than 150 transport helicopters, including
Mi-8, Mi-17 and Mi-26.
Missiles: Unspecified number of Prithvi nuclear-capable short-range ballistic
Army: 550,000 personnel with nine corps headquarters. Reserves: 513,000
Equipment: 2,300 main battle tanks, including M-47, M-48, T-55, Chinese-made
Type 59, Type 69, Type 85 and T-80UD. 1,150 armoured personnel carriers.
1,400 pieces of towed artillery, including 155mm, 130mm and 203mm guns.
250 pieces of self-propelled artillery. More than 2,000 air defence guns,
20 attack helicopters, more than 100 transport helicopters and unspecified
number of Bravo UAVs.
Navy: 25,000 personnel, including 1,200 marines and 2,000 personnel of
Maritime Security Agency. Main base at Karachi.
Equipment: 10 submarines, including French-made Agosta, Daphne armed with
Harpoon missiles, eight frigates, five missile crafts, three coastal patrol
boats, one inshore patrol vessel, six mine warfare and nine support vessels
Five naval combat aircraft and nine armed helicopters
Air Force: 45,000 personnel with three regional commands
Equipment: More than 350 combat aircraft, including Mirage III, Mirage
5, Chinese-made Q-5. One reconnaissance squadron More than 20 transport
aircraft, including C-130 Hercules, Boeing 707.
Missiles: Unspecified number of Hatf-I, Hatf-II short-range missiles
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