India ranked fourth most powerful military in worldtext_fields
According to a study released by the defence website Military Direct on Sunday, India ranks as the fourth strongest military force in the world.
China is ranked as number one with the strongest military force in the world with 82 points out of 100 in the index and is followed by the US in the second position with 74 points and Russia in the third with 69 points.
France comes in the fifth position and UK just about makes it within the top ten by occupying 9th place scoring 43 points.
Several factors including budgets, number of inactive and active military personnel, total air, sea, land and nuclear resources, average salaries, and weight of equipment, etc. were considered in the study for calculating the ultimate military strength index.
"Based on these scores, which account for budgets, men, and things like air and navy capacity, it does suggest that China would come out as top dog in a hypothetical super conflict," it mentioned.
The study also pointed out that in a hypothetical conflict, China is more likely to win by sea, the USA by air and Russia by land
USA is the world's biggest military spender with a budget of USD 732 billion per year while China comes second with USD 261 billion, followed by India at USD 71 billion.
"USA wins in an aerial war with 14,141 total airships vs Russia with 4,682 and China with 3,587. The Russian Federation wins in a land war with 54,866 vehicles vs the USA with 50,326 and China with 41,641," the report said.