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Pakistan Army vs Indian Army: Complete list of weapons they possess

A complete research into the Pakistan & Indian Armies' assets and their might on ground. The list includes the number of Infantry, Battle Tanks, Combat Helicopters, Artillery, Support and Ballistic Missiles that the armies of both countries possess.

If you live in subcontinent, one question sure has crossed your mind, “Who will have an upper hand if a war broke out between India and Pakistan”. Every military in the world like to show off their might on ground, in sea & air but the case is different for people in India & Pakistan, where it has become a competition for dignity and honor and losing to other is not an option for any.

Several comparisons have been made on different forums yet none as detailed as the one by “Military Watch”. The new lists provide an option to either check a country’s armed forces’ might or compare it with any other country on the list. All the major powers of the world have been included in it.

Courtesy “Military Watch Magazine”


Lets not waste time and delve into a detailed comparison of armed forces of both India and Pakistan. Keep in mind that this is just a comparison of the assets both the militaries hold, we are not endorsing a conflict OR by any mean making assumptions about war.

Comparison between Ground Forces

This comparison is restricted only to the ground forces i.e. Pakistan Army & Indian Army.


Infantry is the number of combat capable personnel including Active Soldiers, Reservists, Paramilitary and Special Forces.                                                                                            

Forces Pakistan India
Active Soldiers

(Active Soldiers refers to military members who are currently serving on full-time status in their military capacity)

653,800 1,237,117

(Reservists are not normally kept under arms and their main role is to be available to fight when their military requires additional manpower)

282,000 990,960
Para Military

(A paramilitary is a semi-militarized force whose organizational structure, tactics, training, subculture, & function are similar to a professional military, but is not formally part of a country’s armed forces)

420,000 1,400,000
Special Forces

(Special forces and special operations forces are military units trained to conduct special covert operations)

8,000 7,400
Battle Tanks

These are the heavily armored and armed combat vehicle which have served as a key component of modern armies since the First World War.

Pakistan Army

A total of 2,370 battle tanks are in service of Pakistan Army.

Tanks Number
Type 90 II 333
T-80 320
Type-85 267
Type-69 IIMP 290
Type 59

(560 of the Al-Zarar variants)


Indian Army

Tanks Number
Arjun 370
T-72 2410
T-90 1657

Combat Helicopters

These are armored rotary wing aircraft designed for frontline engagements deploying a heavy armament of missiles, rockets and guns. These helicopters are highly effective tank hunters and also effective in an anti-infantry role.

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Heavily specialized submarine hunting platforms are also included.

Pakistan Army

Helicopters Number
AH-1W Cobra 48
T129 ATAK 0 (30 on order)
Mi-24/35 4
AH-1Z Viper 0 (12 on order)

Indian Army

Helicopters Number
Mi-24/35 15
AH-64 Apache 22


This refers to the high caliber guns or rockets used to bombard enemy positions at long ranges.

Pakistan Army

Artillery Number
Rocket Artillery 142
Towed Artillery 1300
Self-Propelled Artillery 400

Indian Army

Artillery Number
Rocket Artillery 270
Towed Artillery 4,160
Self-Propelled Artillery 198

Support Systems

The support systems refers to the rotary wing aircraft fulfilling a number of non-combat roles including surveillance, transport, search and rescue and Special Forces insertion. It often possess some defensive armaments. This is a key logistical asset for modern armies.

Pakistan Army

Support System Number
Airlift 296
Support Helicopters 328
Armored Fighting Vehicles 2600

Indian Army

Support System Number
Airlift 708
Support Helicopters 700
Armored Fighting Vehicles 3200

Ballistic Missiles

Such are the missiles following ballistic trajectories to deliver either nuclear or conventional warheads. This is a highly versatile weapons type with both ballistic and tactical uses. A military power’s ballistic missile capabilities is rated from 1-6 based on a combination of the diversity and sophistication of its arsenal.

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Pakistan Army

Overall ballistic missile ranking of Pakistan is “4” out of “6”.

Long Range Ballistic Missile

Pakistan currently does not own any long range ballistic missiles.

Medium Range Ballistic Missiles

  • Ghauri
  • Rodong-1
  • Shaheen 2
  • Shaheen 3
  • Ababeel

Short Range Ballistic Missiles

  • Abdali
  • Shaheen
  • Ghaznavi
  • Babur

Indian Army

Overall ballistic missile ranking of India is “5” out of “6”.

Long Range Ballistic Missile

  • Agni-6
  • Agni-5

Medium Range Ballistic Missiles

  • Agni-1
  • Agni-2
  • Agni-3
  • Agni-4
  • Shaurya

Short Range Ballistic Missiles

  • Prithvi
  • Prahaar