In today’s world, a country’s strength, by large, depends on the strength of its army and nuclear capabilities possessed by it. We Indians, in this case, can talk about our army with pride. The Indian Army effortlessly ensures our safety from all kinds of threats. They not only stand for us day and night, but also stay away from their families and live in ultra hostile conditions just to ensure that we can sleep in peace. Here are some amazing facts about the Indian Army which will make your chest swell with pride!
Largest Voluntary Army
In India, people are not forced to join the Army. It means, people voluntarily join the army and risk their lives for the nation. Overall, the Indian Army ranks 3rd in term of numerical strength, behind China and USA, where joining army is compulsory for a certain set of people. We are blessed to have such immortal souls who volunteer to stand in the night and live away from their families in hostile conditions so that we can sleep in peace with our loved ones. This is one of the most amazing facts about the Indian Army.
Highest Battle Field
The Indian Army controls the highest battle field in the world. The Siachen Glacier, where most of our brave hearts have laid their lives, is about 5000 meters above sea level. Battling inhuman weather conditions, the Indian army battles all odds to protect the entire region. The temperature over there falls as low as -60 Degree Celsius!
Highest Bridge in the World!
The Indian Army is not only incredible while protecting the borders, but it also very incredible when it comes to constructing architectural wonders. The Highest Bridge in the world has been built by the Indian Army. The 30 meters long Bailey bridge – built at an altitude of 5602 Meters above Sea Level is an architectural wonder. And guess what, it was built way back in 1982!
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Best Forest and Mountain Warfare Army
The Indian Army is considered to be the best Army in the world when it comes to mountain / high altitude and forest warfare! They are incredible troopers in the mountainous regions, which is quite evident since they control the highest battlefield. The Kargil War, in which India won back its mountain peaks, is considered to be the greatest milestone in the history of Indian Army when it comes to mountain warfare.
US Troops were trained by Indian Army!
The US Army was trained in India in the High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS) before it invaded Afghanistan. Troops from Russia, US, UK and other countries often send their special ops teams to Indian Academies for training purpose.
Highest Contributors in UN missions
The Indian Army is among the highest contributors in terms of number of troops contributed for UN peace keeping missions. The Indian Army is looked upon with respect by all the other countries in the world because of its impeccable strength and its contribution in maintaining world peace.
Most Accurate Missile Series in the world
The Agni and Prithvi missiles, which are nuclear ballistic missiles, are the most accurate missile series in the world in their respective categories. The entire world mocked India when Agni missiles failed the test twice in its early stages of development. However, today, the Agni Missile series is among the best missile series in the world and the entire world is aware of this might!
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Fastest Missiles in the world
The missile BrahMos-2 is the fastest hypersonic missile in the world. It is expected to travel at a speed of Mach-7 which means that it is 7 times faster than the speed of sound in the air.
The horsed cavalry regiment
The Indian Army has a horsed cavalry regiment – The 61st cavalry regiment. What’s striking is that it is one of the only 3 such regiments present in the world. It is also the largest horse-mounted cavalry unit in the world.
Captured largest number of prisoners of wars
The Indo-Pak 1971 War resulted in surrendering of about 93,000 army men of the Pakistan Army. This happens to be the largest number of Prisoners of Wars taken into custody in any bilateral war among any country in the world. It is probably after this war that the world started considering India among one of the top military forces in the world. The is indeed the most amazing facts about the Indian Army.
Biggest Civilian Rescue operation
This is one of the most amazing facts about the Indian Army in terms of its duty towards the civilians. The Indian Army, along with The Indian Air Force jointly carried out the biggest civilian rescue operation ever in the world, called operation Rahat in the year 2013 during the Uttarakhand floods. Over 20,000 people were airlifted and 382,400 Kg of relief material and equipments were dropped.
The Indian Army serves the nation for nights and days, months and years, all winter and all summer in hostile conditions, in the heat and the snow, with limited food and water, and in areas where there is no existence of human life. We salute the Indian Army for their selfless sacrifices towards the nation. We hope you liked our this series of Amazing Facts about the Indian Army.