USA & India VS China & Russia – Who Would Win? (Army / Military Comparison)

August 18, 2019 posted by


The US and Russia, China, and India, two separate
long-term rivalries and two flashpoints for global war. But what if China and Russia decided to set
aside their differences and join against an Indian-American alliance? Who would win, and how would that war play
out? The rules of this wargame are as usual, no
use of nuclear weapons allowed and no other allies can be called upon. First let’s take a look at each contestant’s
military might and see what capabilities each would bring to the table. First up is India, the world’s fourth most
powerful military. With an active-duty force of 1.4 million and
a reservist force of 2.8 million, India can call upon a deep pool of manpower to prosecute
any war. India also possesses a formidable air force,
with 590 fighter aircraft, 804 attack aircraft, and a huge fleet of surveillance and transport
helicopters that numbers at 720. India however suffers from a lack of attack
helicopters, with only 15 in its inventory; this may prove to be a crippling deficiency
in any attempt to combat a Chinese/Russian incursion over its mountainous northern and
eastern borders. India does however maintain a force of 4,400
combat tanks, of which about half are modern or semi-modern T-90s, and the indigenous Arjun
main battle tank. India is also equipped with a staggering number
of towed artillery, 4,100 pieces meant to make it impossible for their Chinese rivals
to penetrate Indian defenses across the mountain gaps of its north-eastern border. Its naval forces include one aircraft carrier,
14 frigates, 11 destroyers, 22 corvettes, and 16 submarines, a sizable collection of
naval hardware that its immediate threat- China- would be hard-pressed to defeat. Next up is China. China is the most populous nation on earth
and maintains an active-duty force of 2.2 million, with a reservist force of 510,000. With an air force totaling 1,125 Fighter aircraft,
1,527 attack aircraft, and 281 attack helicopters, China has a serious advantage in the air over
India; yet China’s pilots are undertrained compared to their Western counterparts, and
forced to fly under strict supervision from ground controllers, a huge liability in fast-paced
modern air combat. China also has a force of 7,700 tanks, and
6,246 towed artillery backed up by 2,000 self-propelled artillery, mostly ballistic missile launchers
which would pose a significant threat to Indian and American forces. On the sea, China maintains a significant
force, with 1 test aircraft carrier not rated for combat operations, 50 light frigates,
29 destroyers, 39 corvettes, and 73 submarines. While larger in number than Indian naval forces,
China lacks the ability to maintain long-term logistical support for any deployed ships,
meaning only a small number of them could operate far from China’s shores for longer
than a few weeks. Underpinning China’s military might is also
the fact that its military is severely affected by systemic corruption, so much so that China’s
own leadership doubts the ability of the Chinese military to fight and win a major war against
a near-peer power such as India. On to Russia. Russia has the world’s second most powerful
military, with an active-duty force of just over 1 million personnel and a reserve force
of 2.5 million. With 818 fighter aircraft and 1,416 attack
aircraft, Russia’s air forces are formidable, but would be severely hampered in war by a
lack of reconnaissance assets; as one Russian military analyst put it: “We have long-range,
sometimes precision guided weapons, but we don’t always know where the target is.”. On the ground though, Russia maintains the
world’s largest tank fleet, numbering over 20,000, however this figure should be taken
with a grain of salt as the number includes many thousands of Soviet-era tanks that have
long been decommissioned and would need weeks to bring into service, and even once operational,
would be decades behind in capability, firepower, and protection versus modern tanks. Russia’s naval fleet has severely atrophied
since the collapse of the Soviet Union, but it still maintains one aircraft carrier, 9
frigates, 13 destroyers, 78 corvettes, and 62 submarines. Though Russian vessels are on the whole aging
and plagued by maintenance issues, they are still armed with very modern and capable long-range
missiles, making them a force to be feared. And finally, the world’s chief military power-
the United States of America. The US enters the conflict on India’s side,
with an active-duty force of 1.3 million personnel and 800,000 reserve personnel. With 1,962 fighter aircraft and 2,830 multirole
aircraft, the US has almost double the air power of Russia or China; its naval aviation
forces alone are on par with either nation. Its fleet of 973 attack helicopters ensure
that ground offensives are well covered, and it is rare that an American infantryman finds
himself without fire support. A proponent of blitzkrieg warfare, America
also maintains a fleet of 5,900 tanks- almost all of them modern Abrams variants- and 39,000
armored fighting vehicles, giving its ground forces unparalleled mobility. While lagging behind in numbers, America’s
950 self-propelled, 795 towed, and 1,200 rocket artillery platforms often feature smart, precision
guided munitions. In fact, of all the militaries in the world,
the United States uses the most precision guided munitions, featuring them on almost
every combat platform, and giving US forces incredible lethality. At the onset of war, Chinese and Indian border
forces stationed across the length of the Himalayas would come into immediate conflict. While initial predisposition of forces favors
the Indian army, the narrow roads and valleys of the mighty Himalayas would make anything
but meager gains all but impossible. Artillery would devastate any sizable forces
trying to move through mountain gaps, leaving most of the combat action to light infantry
units supported by helicopters. With Chinese forces primarily stationed along
its eastern coast, India would initially have the upper hand both in the air and on the
ground. Only a few air bases on the Tibetan plateau
could support combat operations for the Chinese, while dozens of airfields on India’s side
could all put Indian planes within combat range of the front lines. It would take weeks for China to construct
makeshift air fields and air bases, and then rebase the bulk of its air fleet to the Tibetan
plateau, during which time, despite more advanced Chinese aircraft, Indian forces would enjoy
a degree of air superiority. Yet the mountainous terrain would make it
difficult for India to exploit that air superiority, and it would be forced to try to use ground
attack planes when it would be far more efficient to use attack helicopters, of which India,
again, only has 15. Once China relocated its mobile ballistic
missile launchers to its western military regions however, India would face a withering
barrage of ballistic missiles that it could do absolutely nothing to protect itself from. Airfields and military command and control
nodes across northern and eastern India would be devastated, and India’s air force would
suddenly find it very difficult to maintain hard-won air superiority, giving China the
time needed to rebase its own air forces. Yet this is where China would have to make
a very difficult choice: if it moves its forces to counter the Indian threat, it will leave
the Pacific front completely vulnerable to American attack. Caught between the literal rock of the Himalayas
swarming with Indian infantry, and the hard choice of leaving itself vulnerable to coastal
raids by the American navy, China may look to its Russian allies for a solution. Russia would need to carefully consider the
strategic situation. It’s Chinese allies desperately depend on
the Pacific ocean for trade, importing most of their oil via sea trade routes and with
domestic reserves not yet ready to support long-term war. With the majority of China’s trade and oil
passing through the Indian Ocean, the Indian navy is as one analyst put it: “poised on
China’s jugular”, and could easily cripple China with a naval blockade of Chinese shipping. America’s Pacific forces are, on their own,
also more than sufficient to cripple the Chinese economy with a trade blockade, and China’s
navy could not hope to counter America on its own. Desperately needing to ensure the oil lifeline
stays open for its ally, Russia would likely try to bolster its Pacific fleet with large
elements of its Northern fleet; yet, depending on the time of year, the arctic ice may not
have melted enough to open up shipping lanes. Either way, whatever naval forces Russia could
muster on the Pacific would be needed to aid the Chinese in fending off the American navy. This would still not be enough to save the
Chinese economy however, as India’s navy would never have to leave home to stop all Chinese
shipping in the Indian Ocean. With a very limited capability to support
its own navy far from its shores, China could at best scrounge together a small battle group
of destroyers and cruisers with perhaps a few nuclear submarines to try and break the
Indian blockade; yet with India operating so close to home shores, it could take advantage
of shore-based air power and make quick work of any Chinese task force. In the end, China could not hope to stand
against naval blockades by both the US and India, even with reinforcements from the Russian
navy. This is China’s glaring Achille’s heel: its
almost complete reliance on the sea for trade and oil, and why China has been ambitiously
undergoing its modern ‘silk road’ infrastructure development program with friendly nations…
with very mixed success. Caught between the threat of raids on its
Pacific coast by the US Navy, and Indian forces pushing through the Himalayas, China would
likely choose not to deploy its ballistic missiles to the West, as even if India managed
to break out of the Himalayas, China’s western territory is largely of little economic value. It would be far more prudent for China to
try to keep America’s carrier groups at bay with its DF-21 ballistic missiles, though
China has still, to date, failed to show it has the capability to follow through on the
threat of its ballistic missile forces by displaying a mastery of the the various tracking,
recon, and targeting systems and assets needed to go from launch to successful kill, or the
ability to properly defend them from US attack. At best, the Sino-Russian alliance could hope
to hold India at bay in the Himalayas, and could likely even push India back, once Chinese
and Russian personnel created enough forward air bases on the Tibetan Plateau to support
offensive operations. Yet Chinese and Russian forces would be limited
to advancing only as far as the Indian foothills on the western edges of the Himalayas; the
narrow passes and undeveloped roads through those passes would not make it possible to
transport large amounts of hardware into India itself, while India could hold vast amounts
of tanks and artillery on its plains ready to crush any advance into Indian territory. In short, it would be guaranteed suicide to
try to break out of the Himalayas for both the Chinese and Russian forces. Meanwhile, India and the US could starve China
into submission by devastating its economy through naval blockades. It would take weeks for the US to degrade
Russia’s and China’s naval and air forces enough to attempt an amphibious assault against
either nation, but the high casualties would make it a very unappealing proposition. Instead the US could comfortably sit back
and bottle the Russian fleet up while systematically destroying the Chinese fleet- leaving their
Indian allies to continue denying China’s desperately needed oil imports. A US/India and Russia/China war would end
with very little territory gained or lost on either side, and with staggering amounts
of casualties for Indian and Chinese forces. The US navy would likely see significant casualties,
but both Russia’s and China’s navies would be all but completely destroyed. China and India’s economies would be devastated,
but China’s specifically could face a catastrophic collapse that could even lead to the end of
its Communist Party’s rule. With so much to lose and practically nothing
to gain, neither side would ever seriously consider such a war, but if they did, China’s
inability to protect its sea trade routes would make one side the clear victor. So, do you foresee a different outcome in
this hypothetical matchup? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! Also, be sure to check out our other video
called The 10 Weakest Armies in Asia in 2018! Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time!

100 Comments

100 Replies to “USA & India VS China & Russia – Who Would Win? (Army / Military Comparison)”

  1. The Infographics Show says:

    Which would be your battleground of choice for those 4 countries to show all their strengths? Would it be land, air, water or mix? Which would win in either of four?

  2. Siddharth Dwivedi says:

    You know what..India would always get allied with Russia coz that's it's old friend leaving America alone..India would always prefer Russia over America any day

  3. The One says:

    Actually, it highly depends on which side Pakistan is on. That is my less patriotic but more honest opinion (Disclaimer: I'm originally from Pak). If you don't believe me, ask US, Russia and China. Off course India is just delusional so that won't be needed 🙂

  4. Craver 2.0 says:

    OK Russia and China will demolish the United States and India because both of those military’s are very powerful……oh Nuclear weapons OK then the United States will destroy both of those countries

  5. Taco_ Man says:

    Go Indian

  6. juan ruvalcaba says:

    Russia, China and India vs NATO

  7. Gopinath Vijayakumar says:

    I can't even imagine India going war against Russia. Do you know what happened in 1971?? Russia brought it's nuclear submarine to Bay of Bengal to protect India from US and UK. India relation with US will never come at the cost of Russia. But the opposite can happen.

  8. Shanks On the grind says:

    Bias as always

  9. Lasagna Eliminator says:

    The ANZACs would make it impossible for China to get their trade routes together.

  10. Story Girl says:

    50% of the comments are (Love from a random country)

    50% people are getting mad that Russia would never start war against India

  11. Aditya Rajware says:

    This war would f*cking end the world

  12. level 1 says:

    India will never go against Russia we love Russia. Russia is our true friend "a friend in need is a friend indeed" Russia has helped us in our bad time and we will always remember it

  13. level 1 says:

    i hate your title

  14. STRINGS !! says:

    Thats a wierd combination, russia n india are best friends.
    India n russia togethere builds severL missiles

  15. STRINGS !! says:

    I apriciate your analysis but its unrealistic. But keep it up nice work. You know much more than what we know about our own country.

  16. SPLASH658 says:

    India will never join on the usa side… The only question in a high scale conflict is, will all the european mates join for usa? and who will not…

  17. coolguy kadakia says:

    Shouldn’t it be 🇷🇺 🇺🇸 🇮🇳 vs 🇵🇰

  18. Avinash Marcel says:

    China's secret weapon is Xiaomi which is a bomb

  19. Ajmal Saleem says:

    Hahahahaha, so whichever country that is on the side of US will win for your videos. That is what you’ll say

  20. Dark says:

    None of this comment section understands hypothetical questions

  21. Sharan chaudhary says:

    how about india+ usa+china+russia vs terrorists

  22. Kai Mikilevicius says:

    Shut up America do not have the best military force

  23. My World says:

    I love russia and Pakistan love from 🇨🇳

  24. lmprdks1 says:

    Why would anyone think that India and the U.S. would pair up, especially againt Russia? This smacks of either SJW propaganda or utterly clueless millennials.

  25. raqshiq ishraaq says:

    US will defeat all three of them at once.

  26. Alex Sunderland says:

    ?!

  27. Tuhin Sarkar says:

    Russia & India are all weather friends… The friendship started long ago and still going strong..

  28. Smile Please says:

    Russia is the real friend of India .

  29. Vikas Gupta says:

    This will never happen because it was Russia who stood with us in our bad time when every other nation was against us. India and Russia Shares a strong bond….We Love u Russia❤️❤️❤️

  30. Aniket Waghmare says:

    In 1971 only Russia Stands for India to fight against other countries like Pak, China, USA, England, etc. And other countries step backs.
    Even also in mind Russia Never Think to attack on India.

  31. Alka Mishra says:

    Please correct your information….4 rafael and 24 apache are here…

  32. sharmistha bhowmick says:

    Russia and India are soulmates. They will never fight each other

  33. Jun Wee Wong says:

    Do Singapore vs Malaysia

  34. Appy production's says:

    99% of comments: India and Russia are bros how dare you

  35. Babbu Singh says:

    Russia is like brother for India

  36. Dgp Ashok verma says:

    Why would India be allied with US??? US have been supporting PAK, and was also involved in indo-pak war in Pakistan side!!!
    The third enemy of India is USA!

  37. Fuhrer SHINBET says:

    I have nothing to say. I just want to live

  38. ketchup toothpaste says:

    I really wanna see China and Russia destroy America lol

  39. Neutralino says:

    That is eazy, answer is only one! With american is win

  40. Faizulhaq Faizi says:

    I think India should not come into these politics so that he is the son of these three and specially of Pakistan

  41. Faizulhaq Faizi says:

    What is the meaning of Pakistan La Ilaha Ilallah

  42. Uddhav Maniyar says:

    Thanks to make such video liked very muc👍👍👍👍😁🅰🅰😁😁😁😁😁
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  43. Cullen Mitchell says:

    This is a WHAT IF scenario, guys. He even did a United States vs. the entire world. It’s not going to happen, it’s just a thought experiment.

  44. cheese burger says:

    Now I want a curry

  45. Sudhir Singh says:

    India will never side with United States, Russia is our best friend!!

  46. Shawn Antony says:

    Love India,Russia,China from 🇩🇪🇩🇪🇩🇪

  47. ZboutTv says:

    Why don’t we do the American thingy and you know… go boom boom on Russia and just win lol

  48. Chandrasinh Sisodiya says:

    Russia close friend of India….

  49. Sumesh Joseph says:

    Russia,,💓💓💓india..

  50. Google Account says:

    Ind & Usa vs Rsa & cin that means India and Russia are against each other
    Wow what a great joke 🤣🤣
    Dear Americans if in future the any situation create like India have to war against usa then yes we will do but never against Russia because we Indians are very well in history… 🖕🖕
    America is a selfish country we all know

  51. Furious Eagle says:

    USA+INDIA Vs CHINA+PAKISTAN

  52. Gerv The 9erv says:

    Truth is India,Russia and China vs USA.

  53. Rohit Gupta says:

    india too has ballistic missiles, retrait ur facts pls☺

  54. Mercedes Benz says:

    It has happened in the past actually…
    .
    Though US and Russia were not involved militarily, but it was …
    .
    Pak,US,GB vs Ind-Rus
    .
    Results: Indian Army formed A new country called Bangladesh. It was the 1st country formed militarily.👍👍

  55. CappyCap says:

    Easy, tibet declare independence

  56. Braulio Torres says:

    What's the point of continuing this series if you said the U.S could defeat every country?

  57. Dil-Pil Bringer of Humor and Weirdness says:

    India, China, and Russia are all close allies

  58. John Smith says:

    Where is the EU military?

  59. Сергей Пуртов says:

    ошибка ваших топах, это то , что вы не учитываете насчет России то, что за рулем техники сидят русские.

  60. Miko Yang says:

    China Russia NO1

  61. srinjoy das says:

    The fact is india will never support us if war Happened Between us and russia

  62. Asahi Biswas says:

    Do USA like Indian????? Hmm???🤔🤨

  63. Quantum Cosmos QC says:

    India won't fight with Russia or Israel. Period ! End of Story !

  64. Nathaniel Hanna says:

    You have to love the ignorance of this video you do realise one of the biggest friends to Russia is India and China it would be 3 against one

  65. BreeZ. J. r 8 says:

    Why does Russians like Indians so much?

  66. Spetsnaz Russia says:

    USA would call in the UFO aliens From area 51 to exterminate China and russia

  67. Rohan Singh says:

    Make it billion for India and China

  68. Himmat Shrestha says:

    india ??? why even have this joke of a country even mentioned along the likes of US,China and Russia……they may have a huge army but their army are just like their most laughable Copywood….!!!! just nuke this slum out of existence already

  69. Alejandra says:

    What they dint say on the video was india would side with russia and china not with the usa as of right now relations with india are breaking down.but what also the video dint put into account is chinas navy grows by 3 to 4 ships every year and will probably have 2 more aircraft carriers in less than 5 years and china and russia have the extra money to boost creating aircraft or ships. Every video shows usa winning but I don't think the usa will win when every year it looses allies and economy gets worse every year.

  70. M.Ahmad Aslam says:

    Russian and Chinese

  71. ManojKr. says:

    Should I report this video?
    😠 I told you since my childhood I used to listen Russia is a brother of India.
    Then how dare you to show Russia an enemy of India ?
    How??? 😠😠😠
    Go get a life !

  72. Manjot Singh says:

    in 1971 america stood to attact india with navy frrom the sothern part of india…but RUSSIANS helped….and defended against all the rivals of india

  73. ManojKr. says:

    The man who made this video is a motherFu*ker.
    He did not even know the relationship of India-Russia.
    We are brothers !

  74. ManojKr. says:

    In the middle of this war, USA betrayed INDIA and after interval the consequences is India+Russia wins the war against USA+China(chunna) 😁LoL

  75. Mohammad Azhar Inamdar says:

    Now Do you feel proud being an Indian ? Jai Hind

  76. jyjygjy yjfyjygj says:

    I RATHER HAVE RUSSIA ON MY SIDE THAN INDIA.

  77. Sanjana P Patel says:

    Indians love peace
    We have weapons, aircrafts, warships and tankers only for defence.
    We do not want to start a war.
    And we are friends with Russia.

  78. Ranvijay Singh says:

    Russia & India never fight with each other

  79. BG FACTS says:

    Yesterday in unsc , it is proved that Russia will support India forever ❤️

  80. Praveen krishnan says:

    INDIA 🇮🇳 🇷🇺RUSSIA FRIENDSHIP ARE LIKE BLOOD AND FLESH, ONE CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT THE OTHER😘😘😘😘😘 LOVE YOU LOT MY BROTHER NATION RUSSIA 👳🔛💂WITH LOT OF LOVE FROM INDIA FOR RUSSIAN BROTHER♥♥♥

  81. Raj Gupta says:

    Why will we (India) fight against Russia ???

  82. Abhishek B A says:

    India and Russia is not a friend's.. they are like brothers…😊

    Hit like

  83. Alex Flores says:

    USA and india continue to take notes

  84. 9 BANANEN SCHALEN says:

    China has better realation to Russia than India

  85. PinAwayMafia says:

    India vs russia? give me a break. oh plsss USA tried to siege india and russia saved india. so there would be no conflict between russia and india.

  86. Quinn Reverance says:

    Okaaay okaaay we get it.

    inDIa aND rUsSIa aRE liKe brOtHERs

  87. Rana Ali says:

    Please make a video about Russia vs Afghanistan Taliban and US vs Afghanistan Taliban 😜

  88. crunchwrap supreme says:

    China and Russia, is a recipe for destruction.

  89. Black Ricky says:

    if nukes were allowed…

    ALL OF THEM WOULD BE DEAD CUZ RUSSIA AND USA HAVE MOST NUKES AND ON DIFFERENT TEAMS…

  90. Didier Depardieur says:

    The ‘deadly’ DF21 was successfully tested against stationary targets in the Gobi desert. The American Navy should be worried, NOT.
    In a conflict scenario, Russia can supply China with some food and energy. However, without a pipeline, and reliable transportation across Siberia, it would be a trickle.

  91. UnbattedGibbon79 says:

    To be truthful I say the United States and India would win

  92. UnbattedGibbon79 says:

    I’m from The Unite States

  93. Rienf says:

    I love Russia and Korea from India

  94. Timothy taylor says:

    We all know that America has the number best military in the world an more people but they lack aircraft while Russia has lots of aircraft so does; India, but China has the next best military so it depends on who joins America it would be a fair fight either way but I personally don't believe India or Russia will join the us because we all know since Trump has took, over he's caused major problems with Russia running his mouth he's trying too start a war; so Russia hates; us an since India are best friends with Russia they would join them an India is not even in the us so their u go on other option is China an the only reason they would side with us cause Trump made the agreement in 2018 too pay them back slowly so their ok with us now

  95. Sajjana Parab says:

    Russia and India are brothers

  96. maryrose marantal says:

    why india? what about United kindom

  97. shivesh mishra says:

    Well!!! Lemmee explain….
    Indian can fight for russia against u.s.a at worse condition.

    But….wait a min…
    india also can fight for u.s.a,but not against russia

  98. raju gain says:

    We love Russia and Russian ..

  99. Secret SNT says:

    I am from Serbia. Russia,India,China,Serbia…. are brothers. Serbia is never fight with Russia,China and India!We are brothers!!! 🇷🇺🇨🇳🇮🇳🇷🇸❤

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