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Indian Army: What are some of the amazing facts about the Indian Army?

What are some of the amazing facts about the Indian Army?

  • India controls the highest battlefield in the world, the Siachen glacier, at 5000 metres above Mean Sea Level (MSL).
  • India has the biggest "volunteer" army in the world.
  • Indian soldiers are considered among the very best in high altitude and mountain warfare.
  • India covertly tested its nuclear arsenal in the early 1970s and late 1990s without the CIA even knowing what was happening.
  • Unlike other government organisations and institutions in India, there are no provisions for reservations based on caste or religion.
  • In the Battle of Longewala, on which the famous Bollywood movie “Border” is based, there were only two casualties on the Indian side.
    The Battle of Longewala was fought in December 1971 between India and Pakistan, in which just 120 Indian Soldiers with 1 jeep mounted M40 recoilless rifle held the fort against 2000 Pakistani soldiers backed by 45 tanks and 1 mobile infantry brigade. Despite being so heavily out-numbered, the Indian soldiers held their ground throughout the night and with the help of the Air Force, were able to completely rout the aggressors.
  • Operation Rahat (2013) was one of the biggest civilian rescue operations ever carried out in the world.
  • The Ezhimala Naval Academy in Kerala is the largest of its kind in Asia.
  • The Indian army has a horsed cavalry regiment. It is one of the last three remaining of such regiments in the world.
  • The Indian Air Force has an out-station base in Tajikistan and is seeking another in Afghanistan.
  • The Indian Army built the highest bridge in the world.
    The Bailey Bridge is the highest bridge in the world. It is located in the Ladakh valley between Dras and Suru rivers in the Himalayan mountains. It was built by the Indian Army in August 1982.
  • The Military Engineering Services (MES) is one of the biggest construction agencies in India.
  • The Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 ended with the surrender of about 93,000 combatants and officials of the Pakistani Army.
    This is the largest number of POWs taken into custody since World War II. The war resulted in the creation of the independent nation of Bangladesh.
  • Indian Army is the third biggest military contingent in the World next to USA and China.
  • India's indigenous nuclear-capable ICBM(Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile) AGNI-V puts India into the Elite Club consisting of USA, China, France and Russia.
  • The famous missile series AGNI's first missile AGNI-I failed in its first two tests and was made fun of by other countries like USA, UK, Pakistan, etc.
    It was successful in the third try but USA claimed that the project head A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (who happened to have visited Long Island, USA for some other work) had learnt the technology from their missiles. Now AGNI is one of the best missile series in the world.
  • Agni and Prithvi both are nuclear-capable ballistic missiles and are among the most accurate in the world in their respective categories. Prithvi will always hit within 50m of its target coordinates, thus making it devastating with even smaller payloads (explosives).
  • India claims AGNI-V to have a reach of 5,000 kms, while Chinese and Australian delegates and experts suspect to have a range of 8,000 kms, and that India is hiding these facts just to avoid any concern from foreign countries.
  • AGNI-VI (under development) will have a range of 10000 kms., which would give India the power to strike any part of the world barring South America and very limited regions of North America.
  • India is also alleged to be secretly developing Surya series missiles based on ISRO's PSLV model. Surya-I and Surya-II will have ranges around 10,000 and 20,000 Kms.
  • India's cruise missile, NIRBHAYA (under testing), is a nuclear-warhead missile which, when blasted, takes the form of a plane and when the target is in range, attacks with a random procedure thus eliminating the probability of it being stopped by any anti-missile system as its own process is not defined to begin with. In other words, unstoppable.
    In the hilly terrains, it gives an advantage as the missile goes from the side of the mountains and attacks the target from the rear side.
  • The missile BrahMos-2 (under development) - built in collaboration with Russia (Brahmaputra+Moskva) - is the fastest hypersonic missile in the world travelling at a speed of Mach-7 (7 times the speed of sound in air).
  • BrahMos-I is already devloped with 13 variants (e.g., air-to-ground, ground-to-ground, ground-to-sea, sea-to-sea, etc.). It is already in service of the Army, Navy, and Air force. It is a one of its kind because generally cruise missiles are sea-to-sea or sea-to-land.
  • India's INS-Vikrant (bought from UK) was the first aircraft carrier of India.
  • What are some of the amazing facts about the Indian Army?

  • The HMS Harriers (air planes on INS-VIRAAT) are one of its kind which has the ability of vertical landing and take-off.
  • India's INS-ARIHANT is the first indigenous (built completely in India, by India) nuclear-powered submarine of India. It has a capability to shoot missiles with nuclear war-heads even after being at a depth of half-kilometre below sea-level.
  • The Sukhoi Su-30MKI, Dassault Mirage 2000, and MiG-29 serve in the Indian Air Force and are also seen as a means to deliver nuclear weapons.
  • In addition India maintains SEPECAT Jaguar and MiG-27M which can be used to drop gravity bombs.
  • Shown below is the mid-air refuelling of two Mirage 2000 aircraft.
  • The next-in-line for indigenous aircraft of India is HAL-Tejas. It integrates technologies such as relaxed static stability, fly-by-wire flight control system, multi-mode radar, integrated digital avionics system, composite material structures, and a flat rated engine.
    It is a tailless, compound delta-wing design powered by a single engine.
  • India is also developing a fifth generation stealth air superiority plane; that is, it will not be seen on radar giving it an absolute advantage in BVR (Beyond Visual Range) fights, and bombing deep in to enemy territory.
  • No fauji (armed forces) mess, anywhere, for jawans (soldiers) or officers will ever serve you non-vegetarian food on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as a mark of respect to Lord Hanuman and Pir baba, respectively. There is also a mandatory mandir ("temple", literally; "prayer", in a practical sense) parade held in all units of the Indian army on weekly basis, where the entire unit assembles, families included, to pray to their respective deities for the well being of everyone in the regiment.
  • Whenever there is an accident involving a para-trooper, or a heptr, it is SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) to have a battalion strength back up in air for another exercise within 24 hrs of the accident, as a morale boosting exercise. (this fact is common to many other armies of the world as well).
  • I know most of you already know this, but for those who dont, celebrities like Abhinav Bhindra, MS Dhoni, Kapil Dev, Nana Patekar, Mohanlal, and others have been awarded honorary ranks as part of the territorial army.
  • Indian army officers and officers of the Pakistani Army undertake joint operations for the UN peace keeping missions. It is often said that outside the squabbling countries, a Pakistani officer is an Indian officer's best friend as we share a common tongue, as well as a common taste in music and movies.
  • Again a well-known fact, some Gurkha regiments, were so brilliant in their endeavors , that the Queen of England decided to take them along with her to England when India and Pakistan were granted Independence in the August of 1947.Gurkha Infantry is still a part of British Army.
  • An officer, or any other rank, of any of the Special Forces Para Battalions of the Indian Army is probably the closest one will ever come to meeting Superman in real life. The training these men undergo in their probation is the stuff of legends.
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