In this report, we monitor for you a comparison between the capabilities of the US and Chinese armies, including the number of serving soldiers, reserve forces, air forces, and the defense budget, according to the “Global Fire Power” website, which specializes in military affairs of countries, according to the latest statistics for the year 2023.
Beginning in terms of global rankings, the US military ranks first in the world, while its Chinese counterpart ranks third in the world.
The population of the United States exceeds 337 million, including 148 million available manpower, while the number of US military personnel reaches 1.39 million active soldiers, including 442 thousand soldiers in the reserve forces.
In terms of air power, the US Army has 13,300 military aircraft, including 1,914 fighters, 843 attack aircraft, more than 962 military cargo aircraft, in addition to 2,634 training aircraft, and 5,584 military helicopters, of which 983 are attack helicopters.
The US Army has more than 5,500 tanks, 303,553 armored vehicles, 1,000 self-propelled guns and more than 1,339 field guns, in addition to 1,716 missile launchers.
In terms of naval strength, the US Navy includes 484 naval vessels, including 11 aircraft carriers, 92 destroyers, 68 submarines, and 8 minesweepers.
The defense budget and annual spending rate for the US Army is more than 761 billion US dollars.
The population of the People’s Republic of China is 1,410 billion, including approximately 761 million available manpower, and the number of Chinese army soldiers in service is 2 million soldiers, in addition to 510 thousand soldiers in the reserve forces.
The Chinese army has more than 3,284 warplanes, including nearly 1,200 fighters, 371 attack aircraft, 288 military cargo planes, in addition to 397 training aircraft. The Chinese army also owns 913 military helicopters, including 281 attack helicopters.
In terms of tanks, the Chinese army has 4,950 tanks and more than 174,300 armored vehicles, and in terms of the number of cannons, the Chinese army has more than 2,795 self-propelled artillery, approximately 1,434 field artillery, and 3,145 rocket launchers.
In terms of naval strength, the Chinese fleet consists of 730 naval vessels, including two aircraft carriers, 78 submarines, 50 destroyers, 43 frigates and 36 minesweepers.
The defense budget and annual spending rate of the Chinese army is 230 billion US dollars.
In terms of nuclear power, which is a dividing factor in the balance of power between countries, it is believed that the United States army possesses 3,750 nuclear weapons, in clear and significant progress over its Chinese counterpart, which has approximately 350 nuclear weapons, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.