USA vs BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China & South Africa) 2017- Who Would Win?

Are we currently on the brink of seeing a
shift towards new global superpowers? If we look at the power wielded by any nation
right now, the United States could be said to be in a globally dominant position. Before it, Great Britain and its empire was
the dominant global force, and prior to that there is a long line of countries that have
at one time sat at the apex of the global economy, culture, science, and military strength. Great nations may also decline, a concept
known as declinism, while simultaneously other nations are busy evolving into powerful states. For a number of years now, a handful of nations
have been developing at a rapid pace, and today we’ll compare them with the mighty
USA, in this episode of the Infographics Show, the USA vs. BRICS. Don’t forget to subscribe and click the
bell button so that you can be part of our Notification Squad. BRICS is an acronym standing for the five
countries it represents: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The acronym at first was just BRIC, until
South Africa made an appearance in the association in 2010. BRIC was formally started in 2006 when the
first BRIC meeting was held, under the aegis of a mutual agreement to boost each member
country’s development. Not only developments relating to economy,
business and trade, but also education, agriculture, health, technology, science and the arts. Together BRICS is a powerful conglomerate,
accounting for 42.58 percent of the world’s population and according to the International
Monetary Fund, about 22 percent of the world GDP. Compared to the United States, in terms of
size alone, it’s Goliath staring down at David. If we look at the numbers, BRICS has a combined
population of about 3.6 billion people. The USA has a population of just 325 million
people. The U.S. GDP is the biggest in the world at
18 trillion-plus dollars, although BRICS combined has a GDP of 37 trillion dollars. The U.S. is not expected to make any headway
on BRICS any time soon regarding economic growth, with its estimated growth to be around
2 percent over the next few years. BRICS is expected to see growth of around
5 percent. In an article in the Atlantic published in
2012, Goldman Sachs projected that China’s GDP alone would be equal to America’s by 2027,
and then leap past it. In regard to economy, BRICS nations are ascending
quickly. This growth, it’s believed, will lead to much
stronger militaries, especially those of China and India. Right now, the U.S. spends more on its military
than any other nation, with a defense budget of 639 billion dollars for 2018. It’s such a large budget, that even 5 emerging
nations’ defense budgets together don’t exceed it. According to the Global Firepower index, Brazil’s
military budget is currently 24.5 billion dollars, Russia’s is 44.6 billion, India’s
is 51 billion, China’s is 161.7 billion and South Africa’s is 4.6 billion. Combined, BRICS countries have a defense budget
of 286.4 billion dollars. This is even more astonishing when you consider
that China and India are both in the top countries for highest military expenditures. In terms of feet on the ground, you probably
already know the U.S. is severely outmanned. The U.S. has 1.3 million active military personnel,
and a further 811,000 acting as reserve personnel. China alone has 4.6 million total personnel,
India 3.4 million, Russia 3.2 million, Brazil 2.1 million, and South Africa 106,000. In total, that is almost 13.5 million people
ready to fight. Workforce aside, the USA still spends more
than all these other countries. So where does the money go? In terms of land equipment, the USA has around
5,884 tanks, 41,000 armored fighting vehicles, 1,934 self-propelled guns, 1,299 towed artillery,
and 1,331 multiple-launch rocket systems. Most of this equipment is the latest in military
innovations, with the U.S. continually developing more advanced war machines such as its latest
battle tank, the M1A2 SEP v4. Russia and China, the two strongest of the
BRICS militaries, alone make a formidable force on the ground. If the two nations were to form a military
duo, they’d have over 24,000 main battles tanks, over 35,000 armored fighting vehicles,
almost 8,000 self-propelled guns, over 12,000 towed artillery and over 5,000 multiple launch
rocket systems. As well as having strong fleets of tanks,
the two countries are currently developing two new tanks that are rated as highly as
the new M1A2, in China’s VT-4 and Russia’s T-14 Armata. India also has some modern land equipment,
and is currently investing billions of its new money into thousands of pieces of new
artillery. This will include a fleet of Arjun MK-II third-generation
battle tanks. Brazil has modern weapons, much of which was
bought from the USA, the world’s biggest arms exporter. It’s most extolled land weapon is its almost
400-strong fleet of German-made Leopard 1 tanks that it acquired in 2006. If the USA can’t compete on the ground,
it certainly can in the air. The United States air force is by far the
most advanced in the world. The number of modern aircraft alone in the
U.S. air force can match a number of leading nations put together. This can be credited to the U.S. air force
having a bigger budget than any other nation’s entire military budget. From its 13,444 aircrafts, the U.S. can choose
from a number of some of the world’s most advanced machines. This includes almost a thousand F-16 Fighting
Falcons, 195 F-22A Raptors, 257 F-15E Strike Eagles, a large fleet of McDonnell Douglas
CF-18 Hornets and F/A-18E Super Hornets, as well as its new pride of the skies, a fleet
of F-35A Lightning IIs. As we said, no air force comes close to this,
but Russia, India and China have highly rated equipment and are often part of lists containing
what is said to be the world’s best air forces. It’s worth noting that the latter two countries
are investing heavily in aerial military developments. Russia’s most advanced aircraft is it’s
highly rated Sukhoi Su-35, followed by its Sukhoi Su-27s and MiG-31 interceptors, all
of which are part of a fleet of 3,000 aircraft. That’s why Russia usually follows the U.S.
on the most powerful list. India also has a considerable cache of aircraft,
including Russian-made Sukhoi Su-30MKIs and Mikoyan MiG-29s, as well as the respected
French-built multi-role fighter, the Dassault Mirage 2000. China is perhaps playing catch-up, but it’s
doing a good job. Its fleet consists of Russia’s Su-35s and
Su-27s but the country is also looking to match America’s F-35 with its own Chengdu
J-20 stealth fighter. Brazil’s most modern aircraft, the Saab
JAS 39 Gripen multirole fighter, is another top ten aerial fighting machine. Currently the South African air force has
nothing that compares to its BRICS partners. As we take to the seas, again the United States
spends as much on its navy – about 170 billion dollars – as other countries could only hope
to spend on all military branches. Much of this money goes on infrastructure,
operations and maintenance, personnel, research and development, as well as acquiring new
ships. The USA currently leads the world in terms
of aircraft carriers, owning 11 of them. It’s currently developing the Gerald R.
Ford class super-carrier, which should help bolster the navy’s position as a global
leader. These ships are of great importance as they
are in effect floating militaries. The U.S. also has 22 cruisers, 67 destroyers,
8 frigates, 75 submarines, 0 corvettes, 9 amphibious assault ships, 11 mine warfare
ships and 55 patrol ships. According to National Interest, the USA and
the UK will be followed by three countries as the most powerful navies in the near future. You guessed it, those countries are China,
India and Russia. While Russia is to be expected, both India
and China have been pouring money into their respective navies. Pundits believe that by 2030, India will have
the second largest navy in the world, and will also have its own supercarrier. It currently has one aircraft carrier, 0 cruisers,
11 destroyers, 14 frigates, 15 submarines, 23 corvettes, 0 amphibious assault ships,
7 mine warfare ships and 72 patrol ships. China is on track to have the largest fleet
come 2030, and is close to finishing its secret supercarrier, the CV-18. Russia’s greatest threat is its large fleet
of 60 submarines, some carrying devastating ballistic missiles. Again, both Brazil and South Africa are not
regarded as having strong navies in terms of global power, but together the former triumvirate
of BRICS navies would be dominant if they were all on the same side. As we come to the end of this episode we must
mention nuclear capabilities. The U.S. and Russia own around half of all
the nuclear weapons in the world, with China’s small arsenal of around 260 non-deployed weapons
being a matter of speculation in terms of numbers. India is said to have around 120 warheads,
and is believed to be working on increasing its nuclear arsenal. Brazil and South Africa have no nuclear weapons. So, do you think the US would stand a chance
against BRICS, or would it be a total wipeout? Let us know in the comments! And if you liked this video, be sure to check
out our other video, North Korea vs South Korea! Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time!

Stephen Childs


  1. Let me be serious about your question on "Does The USA have a Chance?"

    I will create two situations each dependent on whether we factor in the NATO alliance or not.

    If the USA will fight BRICS without NATO assistance, although highly unlikely, the USA may stand a chance at victory. If the USA decides that they will adopt a defensive strategy, they can create a perimeter around the USA which can protect against any enemy naval attack, then, they may use airstrikes to attack Brazil down south to remove them as a problem. Then, they may just continue to defend the mainland while the airforce attacks in small skirmishes against BRICS. They will also station a lot of their anti-air weaponry near the border to avoid any air attacks.

    The situation where NATO assists the USA (and allies of BRICS will also assist BRICS) the NATO alliance might focus Brazil and South Africa while other allies repeatedly skirmish the three remaining countries (and allies) also, since Japan and Korea may decide to ally with the NATO alliance, NATO may use them as places to station attacks against China and Russia. Meaning that NATO vs BRICS would result in a likely NATO victory.

    I would like to elaborate that THIS IS FOR FUN and in warfare, anything can happen. It doesn't depend on how many soldiers you have nor how superior you technology is. It depends on how you utilize them to your advantage.

  2. Love from Brazil to all BRICS Countries 🇧🇷🤝🏻 🇨🇳🇷🇺🇮🇳🇿🇦

  3. Gdp in billions in usd for 2018
    Usa- 20,494 billion dollars

    Brics gdp
    China- 13,608 billion
    India-2,720 billion
    Russia- 1,650 billion
    Brazil- 1,884 billion
    South Africa for 2019-428 billion

    Combined 20,290 billion dollars in usd

    Sadly not enough to reach usa gdp

  4. Usa can use there secret weapons to destroy the alliance they have


  5. The GDP stats are misleading for the Brics since it's not nominal.
    Russia has a higher military expideture than China and India.

  6. If Indians and Chinese went on strike in USA they would crash USA with month as Indian alone are ceos of Microsoft google MasterCard adobe Nokia etc etc

  7. Extremely disappointed you didn’t include the US’s extremely armed populous which would decimate any invading force.

  8. Well India China and Russia would be the only one in brics doing the fighting. Brazil and South Africa is just useless

  9. Extremely dissatisfied as You mentioned India have only 1 aircraft carrier but its 3

  10. So U.S, Japan, France, Canada, South Korea, NATO , Germany, Ukraine, United kingdom Vs Russia, China, South Africa, Brazil, India

  11. Нагнетание,конечно.но на цифры было интересно посмотреть.

  12. The us would not stand a chance because all the outdated army equipment in BRICS would be made up in impressive size and numbers and the Bering Sea would be perfect for a russian invasion due to Alaska and russia not being that far away and russia,China,India have the largest armies in the world. And no nation could beat the russian red army 1VS1

  13. Brazil have an hydrogen bomb named trocano 😀

    and a nuclear submarine in construction

  14. BRICS at 100% of power:

    BRICS at 99% of power:

    🇷🇺🇮🇳🇨🇳:South Africa really makes so diference?
    🇧🇷:No,it's because i have my aircraft carrier there

  15. Nobody:
    Literally nobody:
    Le infographics channel: let's start WORLD WAR 3 with these videos.

  16. BHARAT(India) will never go on war untill someone attacks her ……history is proof JAI MAA BHARATI

  17. Brics will win because the us is just 1 country while brics is 5 country's and those country's are powerful country's

  18. You know what they should do for their next video north and South America vs the world that would be awesome

  19. Russian and China- hey India let's go and take the fox out of trump's head.

    India- naah! Fk this …am goin for meditation wanna come.

    Russia and china –😑😑😑😑😒

  20. Brics hmm RUSSIA ALONE Can destroy europe. China and india can destroy asia. And Brazil alone can destroy south america and SOUTH AFRICA 😂 CAN DESTROY 16 COUNTRY IN AFRICA CONTINENT

  21. Not one of those countries would be able to defeat any of the others unless they were willing to do all out nuclear annihilation. But with the way the global economy is so intertwined, that will probably never happen – you'd be destroying your own economy in the process. The only thing keeping world peace from being a total inevitability is space. If we advance in space faster than we do politically on Earth, then we might risk a WW3. But if we completely globalize before, for example, putting permanent settlements on Mars, then the War Epoch of human history will have come to an end.

  22. All useless when the war start. Nuclear war start humanity ended nothing to be proud of for your defense budget and technology.

  23. 5:51 that's also a lie, south africa has one fighter jet model, I think they have like 30 fighter jets, but it's worse now with the economy going down, I am south african so I know

  24. The reason why south africa has no nuclear weapons is because we signed some thing in the 90s to stop nuclear weapons, in the 1970s south Africa built a total of 6 nuclear weapons, the weapons were then disassembled and the uranium was the transported to the Nuclear power plant we have

  25. You would never see China and India on the same side, nor would you see China and Russia on the same side. This is pure fantasy.

  26. Hello there, have you ever compared the USA with the EU for size of economies and militaries?
    Rather stupidly UK voters have chosen to leave the benefits of the European Club membership, it will be interesting/scary! to see how that works out for us.
    Thanks for posting and best wishes for 2020.

  27. usa have already lost a war against india in 1971 when they took Pakistan's side and attacked with china, then ussr and india joined forces and showed this invaders a way out.

  28. We russian has strongest nuke and submarine tsar bomb and акула class submarine

  29. I’m thinking that even if BRICS would come back together and declare war against the USA, the real battlefield may be in cyberspace, as an old-school war could exhaust American financial resources and personnel.

  30. This comparison is totally worthless . Because everyone knows that such thing won't happen. If at all it happens. Chances are 1 per cent. Also India will never want such a devastating war. And biggest thing, will India and china ever come together?

  31. No one will win n no one will loose
    Because no one will be there to celebrate the the victory
    I am from India
    We want peace
    Why to simply fight
    We Will stay on this world until we die we will not take the whole land in haven , because no one is here to stay forever, the war among the nation's are held because of their Boss or PM. Simply the troops life is taken .
    If u have read this also please spread this message. And thank you.


  32. Brazil and India could make an alliance with China and Russia to be a kind of “policemen of the world” helping to solve conflict and things like this. That’s the jobs of Great Powers, and with Britain and France become weaker, USA, China and a Russia will need help. Those two countries, India and Brazil are rising Great Powers and have the military capability to do it.
    What Indians, Brazilians, Russians and chineses think about it?

  33. this is 2020
    and as an indian I can say only one thing – we have a long way to go

  34. The US overwhelm BRICS when it comes to military budget.
    If they will go all out, the US can basically buy more nukes and other stuff than them that will outnumbered them in any way

  35. Even America vs Brics war is weaker than tseries vs pewdiepie @ YouTube 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  36. USA won't be alone, they will have NATO. Besides I doubt that India and China will ever fight together.

  37. You're not taking into account the fact that wages in the US are 4 times that of India, 2 times that of Russia. So is it's steel production. India produces stuff at nearly 1/4th that of the US, with a cost of living 1/4 that of the US. Meaning India's $55 bn is actually $220 bn if spent on US soil. Russia and China are the same..

  38. If the D-Day comes to choose between 3 between US/France/Israel/UK/Russia => INDIA will choose France-Israel-Russia & not the opportunistic USA

  39. After China's plan to Conquer digital currencies and the US dollar. Now the Yuan is Going Digital? Thinking you need rethink this video & others Like it. While most international conflicts have been fought with economic policies!

  40. I think brics would win but the US could do a lotta damage

    No Phil swift meme intended

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