EurAsian Times gets you a comprehensive analysis from Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs which make a comparison between Indian and Chinese troops.
The Indian Army divides its ground and air strike forces facing China into Northern, Central and Eastern Commands. The Air Force is organized into Western, Central and Eastern Air Commands. The total available Army strike forces near China’s border areas are assessed to be around 225,000 personnel according to BCSIA reports. This incorporates the roughly 3,000 personnel attached to a T-72 tank brigade stationed in Ladakh and the estimated 1,000 personnel attached to a Brahmos cruise missile regiment in Arunachal Pradesh. For the Army, this total near China’s border areas is divided into about 34,000 troops in the Northern Command; 15,500 troops in the Central Command; and 175,500 troops in the Eastern Command.
A full-scale or limited war between India and China, despite several rounds of intense negotiations, cannot be ruled out yet. Experts have consistently compared the Indian Army against the Chinese PLA troops.
印度陆军把面对中国的地面和空中打击部队，分为北部、中部和东部的三个指挥部。空军分为西部、中部和东部的三个空军指挥部。根据 BCSIA 的报告，在中国边境地区印度可动用的陆军打击部队总数估计约为22.5万人。这包括驻扎在拉达克的T-72坦克旅的大约3000名人员和驻扎在阿鲁纳恰尔邦的布拉莫斯巡航导弹团的大约1000名人员。在军队方面，这个靠近中国边境地区的总兵力分为北方军约3.4万人，中央军约1.55万人，东方军约17.55万人。
In comparison, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (BCSIA) estimates a total of 200,00-230,000 Chinese ground forces are under the Western Theater Command, and Tibet and Xinjiang Military Districts.
However, this apparent numerical near-equivalence with that of Indian regional ground forces is misleading. Even in a war with India, a significant proportion of these forces will be unavailable, reserved either protecting the Russian border or for countering rebellion, says the report.
The majority of the PLA troops are located far away from the Indian border, posing a striking contrast with the majority of forward-deployed Indian forces with a single China defence mission.
The new joint Western Theater Command of China is estimated to hold around 90,000-120,000 troops, principally divided into the 76th and 77th Group Armies. Because of ongoing unrest in Tibet and Xinjiang, the Western Theater Command’s ground operational authority does not extend to these regions.
Instead, a special PLA Army-directed Military District (MD) has been created for each of these regions. In Tibet, the region closest to Indian border areas, the PLA presence is judged to number just 40,000 troops. The highest concentration of PLA forces are located in the Xinjiang region, totalling around 70,000. In the event of a major standoff or conflict with India, it would have to rely upon mobilization primarily from Xinjiang and secondarily from the Western Theater Command forces deeper in China’s interior. By contrast, Indian forces are already in position.
Indian Air Force vs People’s Liberation Army Air Force
The research by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs also compares the IAF and the PLAAF. Aerial combat is likely to decide the fate in case of a potential war between India and China since much of the battlefront is located high in the Himalayas, an area with limited ground accessibility.
印度空军 vs 中国人民解放军空军
IAF has an estimated 270 fighters and 68 ground attack aircraft across its three China-facing commands. It is also expanding its network of Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs), which constitute small air bases in forward locations to provide staging grounds and logistics hubs for aircraft strike missions.
In the Western Air Command, the IAF possesses around 75 fighters and 34 ground attack aircraft, besides 5 ALGs close to Chinese Tibetan areas. The Central Air Command features around 94 fighters, 34 ground attack aircraft, and one ALG.
The Eastern Air Command hosts around 101 fighters and 9 ALGs. Most importantly, the Indian Army and the IAF are stationed very close to China’s border, thus shortening their mobilization time and limiting the prospects of a successful Chinese cross-border advance.
The Chinese PLAAF, on the other hand, suffers from a numerical disparity to the IAF in the border region. Unlike the tripartite organizational division of Chinese ground forces facing India, the Western Theater Command has assumed control of all regional strike aircraft. In total, this amounts to around 157 fighters and a varied drone armoury.
This includes an estimated 20 GJ-1/WD-1K precision strike UAVs, 12 WD-1 ground attack and reconnaissance UAVs, 12 WD-1 precision strike UAVs, and 8 EA-03 reconnaissance and electronic warfare UAVs.
A proportion of these are reserved for Russia-centric missions. By comparison, as noted earlier, the Indian Eastern Air Command can field around 101 fighters against China alone. China also uses eight airbases and airfields relevant to India strike missions, although a majority are civilian airports that can be commandeered in wartime.
这包括估计20架 GJ-1/WD-1K 精确打击无人机，12架WD-1地面攻击和侦察无人机，12架WD-1精确打击无人机，以及8架 EA-03侦察和电子战无人机。
Other comparative weaknesses permeate the PLAAF’s posture against India. On a strict comparison of available 4th generation fighters, authoritative assessments hold that China’s J-10 fighter is technically comparable to India’s Mirage-2000 and that the Indian Su-30MKI is superior to all theatre Chinese fighters, including the additional J-11 and Su-27 models.
China hosts a total of around 101 4th-generation fighters in the theatre, of which a proportion must be retained for Russian defence, while India has around 122 of its comparable models, solely directed at China.
The high altitude of Chinese air bases in Tibet and Xinjiang, plus the generally difficult geographic and weather conditions of the region, means that Chinese fighters are limited to carrying around half their design payload and fuel. In-flight refuelling would be required for PLAAF forces to maximize their strike capacity.
China had only inducted 15 such tanker aircraft nationally as of 2017, meaning only a handful of its forces will benefit from this solution. Against these underpowered fighters, IAF forces will launch from bases and airfields unaffected by these geographic conditions, with maximum payload and fuel capabilities.
The most significant PLAAF forward air bases and airfields near Indian border areas are located at Hotan, Lhasa/Gonggar, Ngari-Gunsa, and Xigaze and are vulnerable to a dedicated Indian offensive.
Ngari-Gunsa and Xigaze reportedly have no hardened shelters or blast pens for their aircraft, which sit in the open. Lhasa/Gonggar has recently developed hardened shelters able to protect up to 36 aircraft, while Hotan reportedly hosts “two aircraft shelters” of unknown capacity.
An Indian early initiative to incapacitate these four bases—and achieve air superiority over them—would compel China to rely more upon aircraft from its rear-area bases, exacerbating its limited fuel and payload problems.
Moreover, China lacks the redundancy and related force survivability compared to India in their comparative numbers of regional airbases. In sum, India has a stronger regional air position, with “a large number of airfields in the east and west, so even if some airfields are down, operations can continue from other locations.
PLAAF training and experience shortcomings that are not shared by the IAF amplify China’s air disadvantage. Recent PLAAF exercises with unscri1pted scenarios have found that pilots are excessively reliant upon ground control for tactical direction.
In unanticipated combat scenarios, this dependence on explicit control tower guidance becomes extreme, while “ground commands” are simultaneously often unable “to keep up with the complex and changeable air situation. This suggests that PLAAF combat proficiency may be significantly weaker than often estimated.
The guy who wrote this article is not even of a US military or even a defense background lol ... he relies mostly on outdated open source assumptions and Indian news articles.
India could outgun China and even USA ... no doubt about it
I saw this article a month ago and the author who wrote the analysis was of a foreign policy background (i.e. Harvard Kennedy School). His analysis relied mostly on outdated internet sources. A heavy weight study would be if it was conducted by something like RAND.
America is really pushing India to fight China lol
You got the point
Trust me the US would not care at all if India was wiped out by China one way or the other ... to the US, India is just another bullet in the foreign policy arsenal. They have no special relation to us one way or the other unlike Great Britain or Israel or Japan. The US would be more than happy if China decided to conquer India and had to fight a massive guerilla war on a scale magnitudes higher than Vietnam or Afghanistan. It does not matter if the Indians suffer tens of millions of casualties ... as long as China is weakened with the war, the US stands to benefit. If anything, after the Indians are wiped out by joint Chinese-Pakistani forces, we will have military bases in India lol. The Chinese may scoff at the Indians but not the Americans.
相信我，美国根本不会在乎印度是否会以某种方式被中国消灭... 对美国来说，印度只是外交政策武器库中的又一颗子弹。与英国、以色列或日本不同，他们与我们没有任何特殊关系。如果中国决定征服印度，并且不得不打一场规模超过越南或阿富汗的大规模游击战，美国会非常高兴的。就算印度遭受了数千万人的伤亡，这也无关紧要... 只要中国被战争所削弱，美国就会从中受益。如果说有什么区别的话，那就是在印度被中巴联合部队消灭之后，我们将在印度建立军事基地哈哈。中国人可能会嘲笑印度人，但美国人不会的。
Yeah! The same way IAF outgunned PAF only to lose two of its own fighters in the process.
Similar NRI backed news reports predicted a superior trained and equipped IAF that would walk over the PAF; we all know what went down then.
Moreover, the supposed analysis they quote has broader conclusions.
India could outgun its own airforce better than China or the US. Shooting down their own helicopter was only the tip of the iceburg lol
India has reduced to only writing self delusion article to confront China.
What a pathetic state!
The research is solely based on the bombastic abilities of the IAF in dodging BVR missiles.
Vow. So India won on paper from Chinese, at least.
India a paper tiger.
If you can't win in reality, win on paper instead............
In order to outgun China, india needs to be at the VERY LEAST as powerful as america. So this article is insinuating that india is even more powerful than america...........
..............indian media and journalism at it's best..............
Excellent article, at least not a propaganda from global times....
well folks here are saying America wants India to fight china, but never say china wants pakistan to fight India.... what a laughable story, its like we never fought a war but china is very well fighting army.....
the problem with china is they want to show a daring face, but dont want to go ahead a step... because if they do and lost like 1967 then it will be game over for china.
and they have to leave country and never come back....
china is a paper tiger, in true sense. not fought a war in 30 years but suddenly they become the best in the world.... how?
One of the biggest Indian boaster on pdf with your mates captian kar,dark1, here is your major signing paper for transferring bodies of IA and equipment, show me something instead of wiki editing.
PS: Wonder why they have tied a strip of white fabricate on their arm.
在这论坛里，你是吹印度最厉害的一个，和你的伙伴“captian kar”和“dark1”一起，这是你们的主要签名文件，用来转移 印度士兵的尸体和装备，给我看一些硬资料，而不是维基编辑里的。
Bunch of bull shit written by a nobody with zero analytical skills. Most likely indian sponsored article.
The best way to counter the Indian trolls is to provide them pictures and videos. I have noticed that they are very effective.
Most of the analysis i have read indicate a disparity in number of Aircrafts between China and India, however i have not seen any analysis which indicates the presence of Air Defense batteries into the areas surrounding LAC. AFAIK China has S-300 in Tibet which is being discounted here. ALGs are all good against an adversary which lacks long range artillery and missile batteries, but in case of China Indian ALGs will be exposed to Chinese artillery and missile force. So if there is any in depth analysis of all available assets of China and India available, i would like to read it to under more clearly.
A broken clock still reads the correct time twice in a day :rofl::rofl::rofl: ... as you can see, there are still non-delusional Indians (i.e. Indians who don't get fooled by fake news) out there. You should aspire to be like them
Not bothered reading all the crap, just show me something of your 1967 "victory".
You can't show something that does not exist.
US doesnt want a direct conflict with China and is scared of chinas rise and possible rise to become a world power the only way china can be stopped is if its economy and industry is destroyed so US is pushing India hard boosting them by publishing pheel good comparision to start a war with china that way two giants of asia will be destroyed and USA will be the winner!
for americans indians are Canon fodders but in bakhts delusional mind he is supaaa poowwwaa!
there won't be a "two giants of Asia destroyed". Only one medium sized developing country will be: India.
The other giant of Asia is Japan, weighing in at 1/3 the size of China in nominal GDP and 1/6th in PPP.
SunTzu“Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.
The biggest problem for China is that they are too strong right now, so no country will use military force to attack them first.
I think it's better for China if everyone believes that China is a weak country. The hostile countries will actively provoke China and China just need to patiently wait until the right time to teach them a lesson.
In modern day, deception is extremely hard, yes, probably easy with commoners, youtube ultra nationalist, but believed me, you can't fool the people sitting behind the desk and those in the army.
The OP is completely delusional and FAKE news. IF the indian airforce can outgun China then it means that india has surpassed america militarily which is as ridiculous as claiming that Afghanistan and Somalia have surpassed america militarily.
India wouldn't have waited if it was true:
By occupying key vantage points in eastern Ladakh in an operation backed by tens of thousands of troops in the rear, China has entered a dangerous new phase in its territorial expansionism. It has brazenly seized areas that were under India’s military control or patrolling jurisdiction.
In fact, China intruded into areas located beyond any claim line it has ever published, including its 1956, 1959 and 1960 claim lines in Ladakh. Demonstrating ever-expanding claims, its forces intruded into the Hot Springs-Gogra-Kongka La region and the Depsang Y-Junction and also up to the Galwan River’s mouth and Pangong Lake’s Finger 4.
A country having forces more powerful than the occupier's does not allow such an action from a foe..
They are no match to Indians interns of weapons, spirit or skill. GOd does not provide such opportunity too often. Paper dragon must be humiliated and kicked out of Indian territory.
Yes, China is weak and India should attack!
his master Siri Modi ki g should order attack if thats the case why wait!
An article not long ago assessed that China needs 36 missiles to restrict an airport in India for 24 hours.But their other report assessed that 4 missiles could paralyze the US military airport for 72 hours or even 5 days.
You know how hard the Americans try to agitate the Indians.
That is it. It is impossible for the chinese to resist the indians now. This crap report has made it clear. Only option left for the Chines is to surrender, and the sooner the better. Veggie supa power is unstoppable. *ay hind.
Atleasr, US report say this.
Unrest is xinjiang and tibet and the PLA is busy there? By that logic there is a civil war in india. Chinese troops would be at disadvantage according to the moron who wrote this, because they will need to man russian border (an ally) while indian troops available for war? Forgot Pakistan? Seems an idiot wrote this.
It is amusing to see how eurasian times (indian based) emphasizes that China's military is allocating it's force distribution toward quelling "uprisings" or focused on Russia. As if Russia would ever invade it's most important ally, China. Typical "baniya" mentality of attempting create discourse between two stronger powers, so they fight each other while "baniya" sits and watches in glee. Hate to burst the "baniya" bubble, but Russia is fast catching on to india's duplicitous approach toward friends and foes alike!!
Russia has genuinely tried to bring india closer to Sino-Russian sphere, but the "baniya" has succeeded in disappointing Russia every step of the way.
The BrOkEn HeArT
Why Pakistani posters don't have knowledge about even regional issues?
Why India need to push herself on the behalf of US, when India has more issues with China itself than China-US issues.
India is fighting for its own interests, but ya, India can use USA to complete its target.
from vietnam to india, we just keep hearing ppl talking about using usa to achieved their goals, yeah, looks like usa is the prawn.