India ranks fourth according to Global Firepower Index 2017. As per the report Bangladesh has been ranked the 57th most powerful military power in the world while Nepal ranks 97th and Bhutan features at the bottom of Global Firepower Index 2017. Myanmar secures 31st position in the Global Firepower ranking.
The top three countries are the US, Russia and China while Pakistan ranked 13th. France, Germany, UK, Japan and Israel are among the top 15 countries.
Total 133 countries were included in Global Firepower database.
The report also gives details which can provide a comparison between the militaries of Bangladesh, China, Pakistan and India.
Nuclear weapons are not taken into account for this listing. The ranking of military powers of the 133 countries is based on conventional weaponry in inventory as well as other factors such as economic strength, border size and self-sustainability.
According to the data relating to active military manpower China ranks first followed by the US and India. Myanmar ranks 13th while Bangladesh ranks 36th, Nepal 50th and Bhutan 127th.
The report cites that Bangladesh’s defence budget is $1.59 bn as against China’s $161.7bn, India’s $51bn, Myanmar’s $2.4bn and Pakistan’s $7bn.
According to the index, Bangladesh has an active military comprising of 160,000 personnel while India has 13,62,500, China 37,12,500 and Pakistan has 637,000 military personnel.
It added that China owns a total of 6,457 combat tanks, India 4426, 592 and Pakistan has a total of 2924 tanks, which is way more than what Bangladesh owns.