US ranked first in the Global Fire Power Index 2017, followed by Russia, China, and India. Bangladesh has been ranked the 57th most powerful military power in the world in the Global Fire Power Index 2017.
According to the index, the US ranked first, followed by Russia, China, and India, while Pakistan ranked 13th and Myanmar ranked 31th on the list of 133 countries.France, Germany, UK, Japan and Israel are among the top 15 countries. The report also gives details which can provide a comparison between the militaries of Bangladesh, China, Pakistan, and India. However, the report did not take into consideration the strategic forces of any country such as nuclear firepower. The report states that Bangladesh’s defence budget is $1.59bn, 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 of 160,000 personnel while India has 1,362,500, China 3,712,500 and Pakistan has 637,000 military personnel.The Bangladesh Air Force has 166 aircraft, including 45 fighters, and 45 attack aircraft, with transport, training aircraft and helicopters comprising the remainder.
On the other hand, neighbouring India has 2,102 aircraft, China 2,955, Myanmar 249, and Pakistan 951. According to the report, the Bangladesh Army has a total of 534 combat tanks, 942 armoured fighting vehicles, 18 self-propelled artillery guns, no towed artillery guns and 32 rocket projectors. It added that China owns a total of 6,457 combat tanks, India 4,426, and Pakistan 2,924.
The report also says Bangladesh has a total of 89 Naval assets. The country owns six frigates, four corvettes, 28 patrol craft, five mine warfare vessels but has no aircraft carriers, destroyers and submarines elements that contribute to its maritime strength.