“We tested nuclear weapons not to show our manliness or military might but to infuse a sense of safety to our fellow Indians and fear among our enemies that they must think twice before eying on India,” as said by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the then Prime Minister of India on Pokhran II.
Do you know what it takes to safeguard a nation that lies in a dangerous neighborhood with two massive hostile countries, which have gone to war against it in the past? It’s all about your military strength, warfare capabilities and advanced weaponry systems.
With an active force of 1,235,000 personnel and 2,143,000 reserved forces, India has the second largest standing army in the world. Indian Armed Forces guard the entire stretch of 740 kms of the Line of Control (LOC) which is the de facto border between India and Pakistan. LOC is patrolled 24 hours where the night patrols are especially strenuous, almost a mind game, because the brain needs to be alert even when the leafs rustles.
India is the largest importer of arms in the world and is all set to poise itself as the fourth largest military superpower. As we celebrate our 66th Republic Day on 26th January 15’, we at CashKaro.com bring you a list of Top Ten Military Strengths Of India that safeguards the interests of 1.24 billion people on the planet.
10. INS Vikramaditya
Tipped to be a game changer, INS Vikramaditya makes the world fear India. 45, 570 tonne aircraft carrier is the largest Indian Warship that hosts a fleet of 24 Mikoyan MIG 29K fighter Jets. Mix of 10 attack helicopters such as Ka-31 helicopters AEW and ALH Dhruv choppers are present 24 x 7 to strike in seconds as per the command.
9. C-130J Super Hercules
India’s capability to airlift attained new heights with the induction of C-130 J Super Hercules aircraft in the year 2014. The Super Hercules was used in a major show of strength against China when its troops pitched tents in Ladakh’s Daulat Beg Oldie sector. The IAF landed the Super Hercules to send out a strong message to India’s ballistic neighbour.
BrahMos is the world’s fastest and deadliest supersonic cruise missile developed jointly by India and Russia. It can fly at a speed of up to 2.8-3.0 Mach, three times the speed of sound. Taking inspiration from the Sudarshan Chakra of Lord Vishnu, BrahMos comes back to its original place after destroying its target.
7. INS Kolkata
The 6,800-tonne INS Kolkata, the largest-ever warship is country’s biggest and most powerful guided missile-destroyer. INS Kolkata is part of the 44 warships currently on order in Indian Shipyards that is a part of three-dimensional blue water of Indian Navy protecting our interests from the Persian Gulf to the Malacca Strait.
6. T-90 Tanks
While India does not aim to threaten other countries, neither will it “ever bow down” before anyone. T-90 is India’s most powerful tank enabled to launch ballistic missiles and surface-to-air missiles.The T-90M Bhishma is a customized, improved version of the T-90S, which India developed with assistance from Russia and France.
5. Agni V
Yes, now we have a missile which is capable of striking a range of up to 8, 000 km. Agni-V, India’s most powerful nuclear capable ballistic missile is developed indigenously by DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation). Agni V allows India to strike targets across the planet.
What happens if enemy fighter jet sneaks deep inside the Indian Territory? Yes, it will be destroyed in few seconds by India’s deadliest surface to air defence system, Akash.Akash is a high altitude surface-to-air missile system that can strike its target really hard within the parameters of of 27 to 30 kilometres. It can fly at a supersonic speed of around 2.5 Mach and can reach an altitude of 18 kms.
3. Sukhoi 30 MKI
Sukhoi 30 MKI is the pride of Indian Air Force. It is one of the most deadly fighter jets in the planet which is capable of launching nuclear missiles in seconds. India operates a fleet of 272 Sukhoi jets stationed across the country at Pune, Delhi, Kashmir, Bangalore and Arunachal Pradesh Air Force Stations.
2. INS Arihant and INS Chakra
Indian’s nuclear enabled submarines INS Arihant and INS Chakra can stay under water as long as it wants. INS Chakra is an Akula Class submarine that carries conventional weapons and is used to hunt and kill enemy ships. It has a maximum speed of 30 knots with a maximum operating depth of reportedly 520 meters. The induction of the nuclear-powered submarine clearly indicates India’s intentions in the Indian Ocean Region and South East Asia.
1. LCA Tejas
LCA (Navy) is an indigenously designed and developed 4th plus generation combat aircraft, meant to operate from the decks of aircraft carriers. LCA Tejas, manufactured by HAL will replace the entire fleet of MIG 21 fighter jets.
From the freezing heights of the Himalayan region to the high tides of Indian Ocean, from the dense forests of North-Eastern India to the humid deserts of Rajasthan, Indian Armed Forces stands from the first to the last.
Also read our blog: Ten Impossible Places Possible For The Indian Armed Forces. CashKaro.com wishes you a very Happy Republic Day.
Jai Hind !