Indian Army (आज़ाद हिन्द फ़ौज)

With the largest force in the region and the third largest army in the world, the IA is comprised of 1,100,000 members excluding the full mobilization of 300,000 first-line reserves–former regular soldiers with five years service commitment–and a further 500,000 who have a  commitment until age 50. The Territorial Army adds an additional 40,000 first-line and 160,000 second-line troops. The Indian Army’s capability has forced regional rivals like Pakistan to recognize its position within the local hierarchy and in doing so, Pakistan has adopted a defensive doctrine inherently understood by its title “Riposte”. Read More

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Indian Air Force (भारतीय वायु सेना)

Originally established in 1932, the Indian Air Force has become the world’s fourth largest comprised of 170,000 personnel, operating over 500 fixed-wing combat aircraft (down from 850 in 2006), and considered by outside observers to be a competent but ageing force. Until the mid-late 1980s, the role of the IAF was primarily related to ground and tactical support for the army in order to deliver localized air superiority. However since then, the force has expanded its role to have a more strategic function, capable of carrying out strikes deep within enemy territory while also providing the option for nuclear delivery. Read More

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Indian Navy (भारतीय नौ सेना)

Established officially in 1934, the Indian Navy has evolved into the fifth largest maritime force in the world. The IN is currently comprised of 53,000 members which includes 5,000 in the Naval Air Arm and 2,000 in the Marine Commandos. Despite having an ageing fleet, India’s maritime force, maintains a 5:1 advantage over its immediate threat, Pakistan, and has in recent years pushed aggressively toward developing a nuclear triad in order to secure the Indian Ocean region as well as create a full blue water navy. In doing so, India hopes its growing naval capability will shortly reflect its growing economic and political influence on the world stage. Read More

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