Asian Countries with the Largest Air Force
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Which country has the largest air force in Asia?
The country with the largest air force in Asia is China with a total of 3,065 war planes and attack choppers. At second and third, are Japan with 984 aircrafts and South Korea with 860 aircrafts.
The average air force size (planes and helicopters) of the countries in Asia is around 324.2 aircrafts.

 Compare China with South Korea


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Planes. China has the most number of war planes in Asia - at 2,615 planes. Average size of war plane fleet among countries in Asia is around 259.9 planes.

Attack Helicopters. China has the largest attack chopper fleet (450 helicopters) in Asia. In Asia, on average, countries have an attack chopper fleet size of 64.4 helicopters.


These are the countries with the largest air forces in Asia:

China.

How is China strengthening its military? (Credit: Youtube/CGTN)

The country with the second-highest defence budget in the world is China. China's defence expenditure is estimated to be US$261,082M (1.90% of its GDP).

With a 4,015,000-strong military, China has a per-capita ratio of 2.9 military personnel per 1000 in population. Its total military consists of 2,185,000 active personnel (largest in the world), 1,170,000 reserve personnel and 660,000 from paramilitary forces.

China has the third-largest battle tank force in the world. On land, China has a mobile force of 9,000 tanks. For aerial defence, China has an air force of 2,615 military aircrafts and 450 attack helicopters.

China has the largest naval fleet in the world. China has a naval fleet of 270 vessels, including 2 aircraft carriers, 14 nuclear submarines and 55 non-nuclear submarines. The naval fleet of warships also include 52 frigates, 36 destroyers and 42 corvettes.

 

 Compare China with Laos

 Compare China with Azerbaijan


Japan.

How Strong Is Japan’s Military? (Credit: Youtube/Newsweek)

With a 317,500-strong military, Japan has a per-capita ratio of 2.5 military personnel per 1000 in population. Its total military consists of 247,150 active personnel, 56,000 reserve personnel and 14,350 from paramilitary forces.

On land, Japan has a mobile force of 688 tanks. For aerial defence, Japan has an air force of 777 military aircrafts and 207 attack helicopters.

Japan has a naval fleet of 73 vessels, including 20 non-nuclear submarines. The naval fleet of warships also include 6 frigates and 40 destroyers.

 

 Compare Japan with Thailand

 Compare Japan with Vietnam


South Korea.

South Korea shows off military hardware in Armed Forces Day ceremony... with one eye on North Korea (ARIRANG NEWS)

The defence budget of South Korea is estimated at US$43,891M at around 2.70% of its GDP.

South Korea has the second-largest military force in the world. With a 6,712,500-strong military, South Korea has a per-capita ratio of 130.5 military personnel per 1000 in population. Its total military consists of 599,000 active personnel, 3,100,000 reserve personnel and 3,013,500 from paramilitary forces. Its per-capita military is the second-highest in the world.

On land, South Korea has a mobile force of 2,514 tanks. For aerial defence, South Korea has an air force of 587 military aircrafts and 273 attack helicopters.

South Korea's naval fleet is the second-largest in Asia. South Korea has a naval fleet of 86 vessels, including 23 non-nuclear submarines. The naval fleet also possesses numerous warships, including 14 frigates, 12 destroyers and 36 corvettes.

 

 Compare South Korea with Turkmenistan

 Compare South Korea with Azerbaijan


North Korea.

North Korea's military among world's largest (credit: Youtube/CNN)

North Korea has the largest military force in the world. North Korea has a military that is composed of 1,280,000 active personnel (third-largest in Asia), 600,000 in reserve and 5,889,000 from paramilitary forces, totalling 7,769,000 or 306.1 military personnel per 1000 in population. Its per-capita military is the highest in the world.

North Korea's battle tank force is the second-largest in the world. On land, North Korea has a mobile force of 10,375 tanks. For aerial defence, North Korea has an air force of 576 military aircrafts and 100 attack helicopters.

North Korea's naval fleet is the third-largest in Asia. North Korea has a naval fleet of 73 vessels, including 70 non-nuclear submarines.

 

 Compare North Korea with Malaysia

 Compare North Korea with Japan


Taiwan.

Could China Take Taiwan By Force? (Credit: Youtube/CNA Insider)

Taiwan's defence expenditure is estimated to be US$10,420M (1.70% of its GDP).

With a 1,831,800-strong military, Taiwan has a per-capita ratio of 77.8 military personnel per 1000 in population. Its total military consists of 163,000 active personnel, 1,657,000 reserve personnel and 11,800 from paramilitary forces.

On land, Taiwan has a mobile force of 566 tanks. For aerial defence, Taiwan has an air force of 485 military aircrafts and 154 attack helicopters.

Taiwan has a naval fleet of 31 vessels, including 4 non-nuclear submarines. The naval fleet of warships also include 22 frigates and 4 destroyers.

 

 Compare Taiwan with Nepal

 Compare Taiwan with India


India.

India's Military Might On Display At Grand Republic Day Parade (Credit: Youtube/NDTV)

India has the third-highest defence budget in the world. India allocates about 2.40% of its GDP (estimated at US$71,125M) for its defence budget.

With a 5,137,500-strong military, India has a per-capita ratio of 4 military personnel per 1000 in population. Its total military consists of 1,455,550 active personnel (second-largest globally), 1,155,000 reserve personnel and 2,526,950 from paramilitary forces.

India has the third-largest battle tank force in Asia. On land, India has a mobile force of 6,464 tanks. For aerial defence, India has an air force of 544 military aircrafts and 23 attack helicopters.

India has a naval fleet of 69 vessels, including 1 aircraft carriers, 2 nuclear submarines and 14 non-nuclear submarines. Rounding up the fleet of warships are 14 frigates, 11 destroyers and 26 corvettes.

 

 Compare India with Uzbekistan

 Compare India with Malaysia


Pakistan.

Pakistan Army Power in the World 2019 By PAK Army official

Pakistan's defence expenditure is estimated to be US$10,256M (4% of its GDP). Its percentage of GDP allocated to defence spending is the highest in Asia.

Pakistan has a military of 1,495,000 personnel, with 654,000 active, 550,000 in reserve and 291,000 from paramilitary forces, making up 7.2 military personnel per 1000 in population.

On land, Pakistan has a mobile force of 3,010 tanks. For aerial defence, Pakistan has an air force of 356 military aircrafts and 56 attack helicopters.

Pakistan has a naval fleet of 5 vessels, including 5 non-nuclear submarines.

 

 Compare Pakistan with Taiwan

 Compare Pakistan with Brunei


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