What are some incredible facts about the Indian armed forces?



Avinav Prakash, Grew up hearing tales of Indian Army.

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

Not a fact. Just a mind blowing encounter. My uncle is in the army and it was him who had narrated this incident to me.

It was in 1999, few months after the Kargil War had ended. Back then, he was in one of the Gorkha Regiments. Most soldiers were returning home, a much-deserved break from the just concluded War. My uncle was still in base. He was to return home the next day. He received a call, which reported him of a suspected terrorist hideout in a nearby.

In those days, J&K was a terrorist haven. Owing to lack of LOC fencing and a porous border, infiltration was common. Even though the War was won, a bigger challenge lay ahead for the Indian Army: Flushing out the terrorists from Indian territories.

Upon receiving the call, he assembled his soldiers, who were not much in number (most had headed home). The operation area was in dense jungles off a cliff in Ganderbal district. My uncle and his team of 11-12 soldiers set out with arms and ammo. It was a 2 day climb to the suspected hideout. The jungle was so dense that the gap between 2 adjacent conifers was barely 2-3 ft.






They were barely hours away from the point when a soldier noticed something unusual on the ground. It was a chocolate wrapper. It is very unlikely for someone to come so high to have chocolates! Unless, of course, you are a infiltrator.

(My uncle said it is very usual to find such wrappers. Terrorists bring with them lot of dry fruits and chocolates to survive for months together and carry out insurgency operations)

The wrapper was a lead. It was certain now the there is something fishy in that area. They continued climb with utmost alertness. And finally, within hours, they reached the spot.

There was nothing around. Calm and tranquil. The soldiers screened thoroughly but to no avail. They took it to be a damp squib and planned to return. It was a futile operation. Suddenly, my uncle noticed a tree sliced from the stem. It is so normal otherwise but not normal when you are in Ganderbal. Reason being: it is very very very unlikely for a villager to scale a cliff, walk through a dense forest and hack a tree. It had to be someone with vicious intentions.





My uncle ordered the soldiers to uproot the stem/trunk. To his surprise, the stem had no attached roots. He was sure now that something lay underneath. With bare hands, they got down to digging it up. They kept digging it. My uncle knew that there had to be something.




The soldiers were tired by now. The are digging up to 6ft when they hit something. Plastic! At once, all were on feet and dragged out the plastic cover. What lay underneath was shocking! Huge deposits of arms and ammunition. AK-47s, 56s, machine guns, rocket launchers, grenades, SMGs and many other sophisticated weaponry, all with "Made in " embedded on them. The catch was so huge that additional personnel had to be called in to carry it back to base.





士兵们都挖累了。他们在挖到6英尺深的地方时挖到了什么。塑料!立刻,所有人都站了起来,把塑料盖拉了出来。下面的东西令人震惊!他们发现了大量的武器和弹药。AK -47、56、机关枪、火箭发射器、手榴弹、SMGs和许多其他尖端武器,都刻着“制造”。收缴到的东西是如此之多,以至于需要增派人手才能运回基地。

They did not come across a single insurgent. Not a bullet was fired. It is said that the infiltrators had prior information of such raid all thanks to 'some' local villagers. They hid their weapons and left the trunk as a 'mark' and mingled with the crowd. Little did they know, by the time they came back when the situation eased, all their stuff would be gone!

This 'big fish' is considered one of the biggest catches in history of Indian Army. This news had no national or international reporting. Neither the army ever highlighted this story. Probably because, it is just another day in the life of a army man.

My uncle says: When you are in a jungle, you gotta think like animal!





Piyush Advani, studied at Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal

1)India will become one of the few country to have a nuclear triad-air bombers, ICBMs(Intercontinental ballistic missiles) and nuclear submarines. Sagrika( a nuclear capable submarine missile) was successfully test fired in Jan. 2013 for the 14th time with a range between 700 to 1900 km depending on the payload.

2)India controls the highest battlefield in the world- the Siachen glacier, at 5000m above MSL.

3) American Green Berets( Army Special Forces) and Delta Force operators came to India to train at HAWS(high altitude warfare school) under Para SF before leaving for Afghanistan in 2002.

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4) India is the largest importer of weapon system in the world( not necessarily a good thing)



5)India paid Israel $1.1 billion to build a Phalcon AWACS( Airborne Warning and Control System) which allows a country to record radar signatures 500 km into the enemy territories without crossing an international boundary.



6)India has two aircraft carriers-INS Virat and INS-Vikramaditya.

INS Vikrant will be commissioned in near future(2017).

INS Vishal will be inducted by early 2022.





7)The Brahmos Cruise Missile jointly developed by India and Russia has a speed of Mach 2.8 with a range of 300km.(official estimates). It is the fastest cruise missile in the world. Brahmos 2 is a hypersonic missile(Mach 7) under development.



8)India covertly tested its nuclear arsenal in the early 1970s and late 1990s without the CIA even knowing what was happening. India's successful testing of its nuclear weapons( Smiling Buddha and Pokhran 2) is regarded as one of CIA's biggest failures.

9)Indian Air Force pilots, in a show of power to the , landed a C-130J Super Hercules on the highest airfield( with a rugged runway) in the world(daulat beg oldi, ladakh).





Mukund Arya, works at E-Commerce

I am writing this answer on a purpose.

There is no doubt Indian Army is the best but there is one regiment in Indian Army which considered to be deadliest in World:.




And great Manekshaw is not inflating might of Gorkhas.


Gorkha Regiment:

Gorkha Regiment is part of Indian Army since 1815 but they became part of Indian Army in 1947 after Britain–India–Nepal Tripartite Agreement, where 6 Regiments became part of Indian Army. Later 7th and 10th Gorkha rifles joined Indian Army refusing British Army.

These troops are mostly Gorkhas who are Nepal and Sikkim residents.


Gorkha Regiment formed after famous Gurkha War where British East India company couldn't defeat the Gorkha warriors. British East India company decided to invite them to join British forces. Later they created Regiment for Gorkha.

War cry:

Jaya Mahakali, Ayo GorkhaliMeaning: "Glory to great Kaali, Gorkhas are coming".







Jaya Mahakali, Ayo gorkhaliali的意思是:“荣耀属于伟大的卡利, 廓尔喀来也”。


Signature Weapon:

Khukhuri most deadliest knife.


Kafar Hunu Bhanda Marnu Niko (Better to die than live like a coward)




Kafar Hunu Bhanda Marnu Niko(宁愿一死,也不愿像懦夫一样苟活)

Award and honor:




Major Dhan Singh Thapa.

(Param Veer Chakra in 1962.)

Apart from Late. Dhan Singh Thapa, Manoj Pandey and Gurbachan Singh has also won this highest gallantry award from Indian government.


Dhan Singh Thapa少校。

(1962年的Param Veer Chakra)。

Dhan Singh Thapa、Manoj Pandey和Gurbachan Singh获得了印度政府颁发的最高英勇奖。

Here are some amazing Quotes about great Gorkhas:

" If i had gurkhas, no armies in the world will defeat me. "- Adolf Hitler.

"In the world there is only one place is secured that's when you are between the Gurkhas."Prince Charles.

"If i had gurkhas i will eat americans alive." Osama Bin Laden.

" If i had gurkhas on my side, i will have my dinner in New Delhi".A Pakistani General.

"Defeat is not a word in their vocabulary."Jon Collins. Former Gorkha commander.

Purpose: Now I would like to tell the purpose of this answer. In the great Gorkhaland this is happening right now:









Nepal Earthquake (April 2015) has devastated this country. Over 4000 people have died and millions have affected from this earthquake. The suffering will not end in few days or month but it will take years to recover.

People from all quarter of world is hel them. I'm proud that India is leading the rescue effort.

Now you should also be part of this rescue campaign. It is time for payback the debt.

Here is how you can help them too:

  1. Donate even little sum of money in rescue mission. Here is some of the link that may help you: How to help Nepal: 7 vetted charities doing relief work following the earthquake
  2. If your Security Guard is from Nepal, kindly grant them Paid Leave to them.
  3. If you are from Indo-Nepal boarder please spare few moments for them.











Piyush Mahajan, Salute to Indian Army

This one is about Indian Air Force. You must have heard about Param vir Chakra, India's highest military decoration awarded for the highest degree of valour or self-sacrifice in the presence of the enemy. So till now, 21 times Param vir Chakra has been awarded for bravery of our soldiers. Out of those, 20 were brave army officers. And only one Param vir Chakra was earned by one brave Indian Air Force officer, Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon. This is the story of his sacrifice for our motherland.

The year was 1971, the war between India and Pakistan was at its peak.

 Flying officer of Indian Air Force Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon was employed in Srinagar along with others to save Kashmir valley from pakistan air force attack. Date was 14 December 1971. Suddenly it was reported that six fighter planes of Pakistan had crossed Indian Border. Flying Officer Sekhon was on a duty at that time. But before Indian planes could get enough time for counter action, Pakistani planes were revolving on their head. First plane of Indian Air Force was about to take a takeoff when it started raining bombs on airstrip. But still that plane decided to tackle enemies rather than backing off. The pilot of that plane was none other than Officer Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon.

It was really a big deal to rise a plane when constant bombs are falling on airstrip. Airstrip was getting damaged completely. But to everyone's astonishment Sekhon managed to takeoff his plane.

这个回答是关于印度空军的。你一定听说过Param vir Chakra,这是印度最高的军事勋章,授予在敌人面前英勇无敌或牺牲的勇士。到目前为止,已有21枚Param vir Chakra勋章授予了我们勇敢的士兵。其中有20人是勇敢的陆军军官。只有一枚颁发给勇敢的空军军官尼尔马尔吉特·辛格·塞孔。下面就是他为国捐躯的事迹。





Now just imagine a situation for a second, six sabre planes which are far better in terms of range and attack are taking on a single Gnat plane. As airstrip was completely damaged, the help from other fighter planes was only expected in dreams. Sekhon knew that if he quit at that moment they will do a real damage to our base station and nearby area. And it would be next to impossible to stop them.

So Sekhon did the exact same thing that would have made him an immortal in the history forever. He challenged enemy and started attacking them like a lightning. Within a blink of an eye, one plane of enemy was on fire and falling down. But he had no time to relax as other planes were using all their expertise to take him down. Without wasting much time, he started following another plane and was doing a constant fire. Pakistani planes completely lost their strategy with this sudden and unexpected attack.



Now Sekhon was following one plane and remaining four planes were following him. This whole incident was being watched by so many people from ground. So his further mammoth task was to shatter this plane into pieces before the four others would take him down. Somehow managing to save his plane, he aimed the plane on his front and fired a shot. Before anyone could realise what happened, that plane was falling down towards earth. Now his next task was to save his plane from unified attack of four giant planes. But it was next to impossible task. He couldn't attack them as he was on front. He did manage to fool them for quite a long time ho some help would turn up. But unfortunately, it didn't.

His plane was finally taken down and that fearless person was rested in peace forever. But he had saved Srinagar Air base from PAF air raid single handedly. Despite many search efforts by army and air force, his corpse was never found due to mountainous terrain, adding further disappointment to his family. In respect of tremendous bravery and amazing war skills, Flying Officer Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon was awarded the only Param vir chakra of Indian Air Force till date. On the occassion of INDIAN AIR FORCE DAY, I salute this legend. You will always be an immortal in history, Sir.


他的飞机最终被击落,这个无所畏惧的人永远安息了。但他单枪匹马把斯利那加空军基地从巴基斯坦空军的空袭中拯救了出来。尽管陆军和空军进行了多次搜救,但由于山区地形,始终没有找到他的尸体,这让他的家人更加失望。由于无比的勇气和惊人的战争技能,飞行官尼尔马尔吉德辛格塞孔被授予印度空军迄今为止唯一一枚Param vir Chakra勋章。值此印度空军日之际,我向这位传奇人物致敬。您将永远成为历史上不朽的人物,先生。


Jai Hind!!



Satender Singh, Too old to be single, too young to settle.

Originally Answered: What are some of the most mind-blowing facts about the Indian military?

India's top secret weapon



(Kilo Ampere Linear Injector)








  1. It is a linear electron accelerator being developed by the Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) and the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC).
  2. The machine essentially generated pulses of highly energetic electrons. Other components in the machine down the line converted the electrons into flash x-rays (for ultra high-speed photography) or microwaves
  3. The project was designed to produce electron pulses of about 100 ns with an energy of about 1 MeV, current 40 kA and a power of 40 GW. This Relativistic Electron Beams (REB) thus generated will be used for the generation of High Power Microwaves (HPM) & Flash X Rays (FXR).
  4. This has fueled hopes that the KALI could, one day be used in a High-Power Microwave gun, which could destroy incoming missiles and aircraft through soft-kill (destroying the electronic circuitry on the missile).


  1. 它是由国防研究发展组织和巴巴原子研究中心开发的一种线性电子加速器。
  2. 这台机器实际上产生了高能电子脉冲。机器的其他部件将电子转换成闪光x射线(用于超高速摄影)或微波
  3. 该项目旨在产生约100纳秒的电子脉冲,能量约为1兆伏,电流为40卡,功率为40吉瓦。由此产生的相对论电子束将用于产生高能微波和闪光X射线。
  4. 这燃起了人们的希望,即有朝一日卡利可以用于大功率微波炮,通过软杀伤(摧毁导弹上的电子线路)摧毁来袭的导弹和飞机。


The KALI project was first mooted in 1985 by the then Director of the BARC, Dr. R. Chidambaram. Work on the Project began in 1989, being developed by the Accelerators & Pulse Power Division of the BARC. The KALI’s potential for a military role as a beam weapon has made it, in the eyes of a threat. The KALI-5000 was commissioned for use in late 2004.

However, weaponisation of the KALI will take some time. The system is still under development, and efforts are being made to make it more compact, as well as improve its recharge time, which, at the present, makes it only a single use system. Most of the information about this device is classified including its location and what big secret about this machine is that- Is it whole iceberg or tip of the iceberg?

卡利项目最初是由巴巴原子研究中心当时的主任R. Chidambaram博士在1985年提出的。该项目的工作始于1989年,由巴巴原子研究中心的加速器和脉冲功率部门负责研发。在看来,卡利作为一种光束武器的潜在军事作用使其成为一种威胁。卡利-5000在2004年后期服役。


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