Reasons Why India Is One Of The Most Powerful Countries In The World

India is one of the most powerful countries in the world considering current economy, military, political and soft power. It is an economic powerhouse in the world. Indian military secured 4th in the world ranking with the GFP Power Index rating of 0.1661(0.0000 being perfect).



Going beyond military equipment totals and perceived fighting strength is the actual manpower that drives a given military. Wars of attrition favor those with more.

Total population: 1,251,695,584

Available manpower : 616,000,000
Fit for Service: 489,600,000
Reaching Military Age Annually:22,900,000
Active Frontline Personnel: 1,325,000
Active Reserve Personnel: 2,143,000

Land Systems


Tank value includes Main Battle Tanks, light tanks, and tank destroyers, either wheeled or tracked. AFV value includes Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) and Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs).

Tanks: 6,464
Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs): 6,704
Self-Propelled Guns (SPGs): 290
Towed-Artillery: 7,414
Multiple-Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs): 292

Air Power


It includes both fixed-wing and rotary wing aircraft from all branches of service.
Total Aircraft: 2,086
Fighters/Interceptors: 679
Fixed-Wing Attack Aircraft: 809
Transport Aircraft: 857
Trainer Aircraft: 318
Helicopters: 646
Attack Helicopters: 19

Naval Power


Aircraft Carrier value includes dedicated “helicopter carrier” vessels. Total naval strength includes all known auxiliaries as well.
Total Naval Strength: 295
Aircraft Carriers: 2
Frigates: 14
Destroyers: 10
Corvettes: 26
Submarines: 14
Coastal Defense Craft: 135
Mine Warfare: 6

Resources (Petroleum):


Despite the advances made in battlefield technology, oil remains the lifeblood of any fighting force and supporting economy.
Oil Production: 767,600 bbl/day
Oil Consumption: 3,510,000 bbl/day
Proven Oil Reserves: 5,675,000,000 bbl/day



War is as much a battle of logistics – moving man and machine from / to points all over – as it is direct combat. Labor Force adds to available wartime industry strength.
Labor Force: 492,400,000
Merchant Marine Strength: 340
Major Ports and Terminals: 7
Roadway Coverage: 3,320,410
Railway Coverage: 63,974
Serviceable Airports: 346

Financial (in USD)


Regardless of strength in numbers, war is still driven by financing as much as any one leader or weapon.
Defense Budget: $40,000,000,000
External Debt: $459,100,000,000
Reserves of Foreign Exchange and Gold:$370,700,000,000
Purchasing Power Parity:$7,411,000,000,000

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Geography (in km)

Geographical values primarily figure into a defensive-minded war (i.e. invasion).
Square Land Area: 3,287,263 km
Coastline: 7,000 km
Shared Border: 13,888 km
Waterways: 14,500 km

Note: The values showcased above are all considered for the final GFP ranking recognized as the “Power Index” . PwrIndx scores are judged on a perfect value of “0.0000” which is realistically unattainable due to the number of factors considered per country. Balance is the key – a large, strong fighting force across land, sea, and air backed by a resilient economy and defensible territory along with an efficient infrastructure – such qualities are those used to round out a particular nation’s total fighting strength on paper; it is not enough to field 10 million men or 20,000 tanks or lead the world in oil production.

Sources: Central Intelligence Agency, Globalfirepower

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