List of Indian Armed Forces
Responsibility of defense and security of the nation lies with the Government of India, which it ensures with the help of India Armed Forces. As mentioned in the constitution, President is the Supreme Command of the Indian Armed Forces. And specifically Cabinet is wholly responsible to make sure that the country remains secured and protected and This duty is discharged through the Ministry of Defence, which provides the policy framework and wherewithal to the Armed Forces to discharge their responsibilities related to defence of the country.
Indian Armed Forces is divided into three main branches that is Indian Army, Indian Navy, and the Indian Air Force.
Complete List of Indian Armed Forces
1. Indian Army
The Indian Army is known for its large no of troops which makes it the largest standing armies and the largest standing volunteer army in the world with 1,237,000 active troops and 800,000 reserve troops.
Indian Army is divided into six operational commands and one training command –
- Western Command – Chandimandir.
- Eastern Command – Kolkata.
- Northern Command – Udhampur.
- Southern Command – Pune.
- Central Command – Lucknow.
- Army Training Command – Shimla.
- South – Western Command – Jaipur
Each of these commands is headed by the Lieutenant-General, having equal status to the Vice-Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS). Headquarters of Indian Army is located in New Delhi and functions under the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), who commands, controls, and administer as a whole. And the Incumbent Chief of Indian Army is General Manoj Mukund Naravane.
2. Indian Airforce
Indian Airforce is of British Era as it was established on 8 October 1932. Brtishers added the prefix Royal in 1945 in recognition of its services during World War 2 but as soon as the India got Independence (1950), the prefix Royal was dropped. Indian Airforce is known for its operation it took and the times for which it proved itself one of the prminene force by ensuring victory of India like in Bangladesh Liberation War (1971)
Currently, Chief of the India Airforce is Air Staff Vivek Ram Chaudhari. The Chief of the Air Staff (India), known also as the Air Force Chief, is the, head of the Indian Air Force Headquarters, and the chief of staff of the Indian Air Force.
IAF has its 6 commands –
- Western Air Command.
- Central Air Command.
- South Western Air Command.
- Eastern Air Command.
- Southern Air Command.
- Training Command.
- Maintenance Command.
With the changing times, the Indian Air Force has modernized itself in various ways by procuring its aircraft and equipment and by adding every newest technology possible. Inducting women into the Air Force for short service commissions was also one of the historical moves by Indian Airforce.
3- Indian Navy
One of the oldest forces of India, Indian Navy was established in the seventeenth century by the East India Company which later on became the part of Royal Indian Navy in 1934. The Indian Navy is headquartered in New Delhi and Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) is responsible for its smooth functioning.
Indian Navy is deployed under three area commands, each headed by a flag officer –
- The Western Naval Command – Mumbai
- The Eastern Naval Command – Visakhapatnam
- The Southern Naval Command – Kochi
As of June 2019, Indian Navy has 67,252 active and 75,000 reserve personnel in service and has a fleet of 150 ships and submarines, 300 aircraft and 3 aircraft Carriers. Currently, Indian Navy. is headed by Admiral R. Hari Kumar.