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People's Liberation Army Versus the US Military


Who is on First? PLA Versus USA - 24 Achievements
MilestoneChinayeargapyearUSA
1st H-bomb testCHIC 61967131954TX-14
Atomic Submarine, launchType 0911970161954Nautilus
Supersonic Aircraft, 1st flightQ51965181947X-1
1st A-bomb testCHIC 11964191945Trinity
5th Generation Fighter, 1st flightJ-202010201990F-22
ICBM, 1st flightDF-51979221957Atlas
SLBM, 1st flightJl-11982221960Polaris
Ballistic Missile Submarine, launchType 0921981221959Washington
Anti-Satellite Interceptor, 1st flightSC-192007221985ALMV
4th Generation Fighter, 1st flightJ-101996241972F-15
Stealth Aircraft, 1st flightJ-202010291981F-117
Solid ICBM, 1st flightDF-311992311961Minuteman
Long Range SLBM, 1st flightJl-22001341977Trident I
Large Unmanned Air Vehicle [UAV]Tian Yi 2009361973YQM-94A
Attack Helicopter, 1st flightWZ-102003381965AH-1
Piloted Spacecraft, 1st flightShenzhou 52003411962MA-6
Heavy Cargo Aircraft, 1st flightY-202012441968C-5A
Dock Landing Ship, launchType 0712006 641942Ashland
Special Armor TanknoneN/A35 1978M1 Abrams
Manned Lunar LandingnoneN/A441969Apollo 11
Supersonic Bomber, 1st flightnoneN/A491964B-70
Amphibious Assault Ship, launchnoneN/A531960Iwo Jima
Indigenous Aircraft Carrier, launchnoneN/A591954Forrestal
Heavy Bomber, 1st flightnoneN/A611952B-52
NOTE: includes only USA and PRC domestic designs, excludes Chinese copies


PLA Versus the US Military (As of January 2011)
China United States
Defense Expenditure (Billions USD)
Published Budget, current exchange rate
78.6 (2010)
91.5 (2011)
739.2 (FY10)1
741.2 (FY11)2
Defense Expenditure (Billions USD)
Purchasing power parity (PPP)
380 741
Total Servicemembers (Active) 2,285,000 1,580,255
Total Servicemembers (Active and Reserve) 2,795,000 2,444,802
Army Personnel ~1,600,000 553,044
Marine Corps Personnel 10,000 198,513
Total Nuclear Weapons ~400 5,1133
Total Fighter Aircraft 1,605 3,6954
Modern Combat Aircraft 5 307 3,695
Stealth Fighter Aircraft 1 139
Bomber Aircraft ~1126 154
Heavy Bombers 0 154
Large Cargo Aircraft 547 7488
Aerial Refueling Aircraft 21 574
Total Surface Combatants9 38 111
Total Major Surface Combatants10 4 79
Aircraft Carriers 1 11
Amphibious Assault Ships 0 11
Amphibious Landing Ships11 1 24
Ballistic Missile Submarines 3 14
Nuclear Attack Submarines 6 54
Nuclear Cruise Missile Submarines 0 4
Diesel Submarines 52 0

Notes:

1 - This includes $75.5 billion in supplemental appropriations for 2009 and $130.0 billion for 2010 to support ongoing overseas contingency operations.

2 - This includes $33.0 billion for a 2010 supplemental request and $159.3 billion for 2011 to support ongoing overseas contingency operations.

3 - As of 30 September 2009

4 - Includes A-10 and OA-10 types

5 - Excludes Vietnam-era designs

6 - Does not include any residual number of obselete H-5/Il-28 types

7 - B-737-200, Il-76MD, Tu-154M, and Y-8

8 - C-5, C-17, and C-130s (less AC-130, HC-130, KC-130, and MC-130 types)

9 - 0ver 3000 tons

10 - 0ver 7500 tons

11 - Landing Ship Dock, Landing Platform Dock types

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