China has the strongest military force in the world scoring 82 out of 100 points in the index, while India stands at number four, according to a study released by defence website Military Direct. “The USA, despite their enormous military budgets, comes in 2nd place with 74 points, followed by Russia with 69, India at 61, and then France with 58. The UK just about makes the Top 10, coming in 9th place with a score of 43,” said the study.
The study said the “ultimate military strength index” was calculated after taking into consideration various factors including budgets, number of inactive and active military personnel, total air, sea, land, and nuclear resources, average salaries, and weight of equipment.
“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. China wins in a sea war with 406 ships vs Russia with 278 and the USA or India with 202, it said.