Who is more poweful in airforce India or China and how?
India. Definitely India. Why? Because though China have more planes, most are ageing soviet era models, and even the planes that aren’t are still technologically inferior to the Indian ones.
China has roughly 1200 fighter jets. That’s a large number of fighter jets, until you realise that about 720 of them are these:
And about 100 more of these, which don’t have proper BVR systems:
As you can see, majority of these jets are aging copies of jets from the 70’s. And even the planes that aren’t this have their own massive problems.
Such as this J-20, which doesn’t have a proper engine, and is only stealthy from the front!
India have half as many jets, about 650, but with the exception of a few Mig 21, all are modern, and some are arguably the best fighters on Earth.
Consider this jet: The mainstay of the IAF, the Su-30 MKI
It can engage 6 enemy jets at once, track 15, is supermaneuverable with 3D vector thrust, and rules the Asian skies.
印度。绝对是印度。 为什么？ 因为虽然中国有更多的飞机，但大多数都是老龄化的苏联时代款式，即使是新款的飞机中国在技术上也仍然比不上印度。
That is no doubt that Indian is more powerful.
Because the Chinese air force lacks practical experience and modern war command system, the comprehensive combat power is not as good as the India air force.The performance of China's domestic equipment is not reliable and is not enough to fear.For example,China’s the most advanced fighter J20 known as the fifth generation stealth fighter , India relies on existing radar and can find him in serval kilometres very easily.
Before 2025, the India air force will have 120 Rafale fighters, 200 Su -30MKI and 150 T-50 fighters. The future India air force can defeat any enemy( including Pakistan and China)in the airspace around India in 3 to 7 days.
The Chinese Airforce is extremely superior to the Indian Airforce on paper. Their jet numbers dwarf IAF numbers and now also have two FGFA (Chengdu and Shenyang). Most of PLAAF planes are outdated but usable while their new entrants are better than anything IAF has.
But, Indian Airforce Pilots have a more rigorous and training and stringent requirements compared to the Chinese. Also, while China has hardly seen a war, India has regular training and experience with Pakistan’s mischief. Problem is our selection system for buying new planes and lack of technical manufacturing knowhow (evident in manufacturing Tejas). Even Dassault Rafale and Saab Gripen (coming to IAF soon through Adani Saab collabration) are no match for FGFA from PLAAF but an able IAF pilot can reduce that advantage.