Asian Countries with the Largest Navy
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Which country has the largest navy fleet in Asia?
The country with the largest navy fleet in Asia is China with a total of 270 war vessels. At second and third, are South Korea with 86 vessels and Japan with 73 vessels.
The average size of the navy fleets of countries in Asia is around 26.4 vessels.

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Aircraft Carriers. China has 2 aircraft carriers - the largest fleet in Asia.

Frigates. China has the most number of frigates in Asia - at 52 subs. Average number of frigates among countries in Asia is around 5.8 frigates.

Destroyers. Japan has the largest destroyer fleet (40 ships) in Asia. In Asia, on average, countries have a destroyer fleet size of 3.7 ships.

Corvettes. China has the most number of corvettes in Asia at 42. Average number of corvettes among countries in Asia is around 5.6.


These are the countries with the largest naval fleets 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 also possesses numerous warships, including 52 frigates, 36 destroyers and 42 corvettes.

 

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South Korea.

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

South Korea allocates about 2.70% of its GDP (estimated at US$43,891M) for its defence budget.

South Korea has the second-largest military force in the world. South Korea has a military that is composed of 599,000 active personnel, 3,100,000 in reserve and 3,013,500 from paramilitary forces, totalling 6,712,500 or 130.5 military personnel per 1000 in population. 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. Other offensive warships in the naval arsenal include 14 frigates, 12 destroyers and 36 corvettes.

 

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Japan.

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

Japan has a military of 317,500 personnel, with 247,150 active, 56,000 in reserve and 14,350 from paramilitary forces, making up 2.5 military personnel per 1000 in population.

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.

 

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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 of 7,769,000 personnel, with 1,280,000 active (third-largest in Asia), 600,000 in reserve and 5,889,000 from paramilitary forces, making up 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.

 

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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's defence expenditure is estimated to be US$71,125M (2.40% of its GDP).

India has a military that is composed of 1,455,550 active personnel (second-largest globally), 1,155,000 in reserve and 2,526,950 from paramilitary forces, totalling 5,137,500 or 4 military personnel per 1000 in population.

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. The naval fleet also possesses numerous warships, including 14 frigates, 11 destroyers and 26 corvettes.

 

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Indonesia.

Indonesia has a military of 1,075,500 personnel, with 395,500 active, 400,000 in reserve and 280,000 from paramilitary forces, making up 4.1 military personnel per 1000 in population.

On land, Indonesia has a mobile force of 378 tanks. For aerial defence, Indonesia has an air force of 97 military aircrafts and 45 attack helicopters.

Indonesia has a naval fleet of 36 vessels, including 2 non-nuclear submarines. The naval fleet also possesses numerous warships, including 11 frigates and 18 corvettes.

 

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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).

Taiwan has a military that is composed of 163,000 active personnel, 1,657,000 in reserve and 11,800 from paramilitary forces, totalling 1,831,800 or 77.8 military personnel per 1000 in population.

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 also possesses numerous warships, including 22 frigates and 4 destroyers.

 

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Singapore.

Singapore Defence Strategy: The country spends more than $11 billion a year (Credit: TRT World)

The defence budget of Singapore is estimated at US$11,211M at around 3.20% of its GDP. Its percentage of GDP allocated to defence spending is the third-highest in Asia.

Singapore has a military of 310,900 personnel, with 51,000 active, 252,500 in reserve and 7,400 from paramilitary forces, making up 51.9 military personnel per 1000 in population.

On land, Singapore has a mobile force of 96 tanks. For aerial defence, Singapore has an air force of 126 military aircrafts and 25 attack helicopters.

Singapore has a naval fleet of 22 vessels, including 6 non-nuclear submarines. The naval fleet also possesses numerous warships, including 6 frigates and 6 corvettes.

 

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Thailand.

Royal Thai Armed Forces 2018 (Credit: Youtube/The Marine)

Thailand allocates about 1.30% of its GDP (estimated at US$7,315M) for its defence budget.

Thailand has a military of 699,550 personnel, with 360,850 active, 200,000 in reserve and 138,700 from paramilitary forces, making up 10.2 military personnel per 1000 in population.

On land, Thailand has a mobile force of 288 tanks. For aerial defence, Thailand has an air force of 143 military aircrafts and 47 attack helicopters.

Thailand has a naval fleet of 19 vessels, including 1 aircraft carriers. Rounding up the fleet of warships are 10 frigates and 7 corvettes.

 

 Compare Thailand with India

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