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Many Great New Pics Of The Indian Army, Navy & Airforce

by rajkhalsa
Hi All

Since the other thread is getting to unweildy with all the pics, I started the second thread. The older thread can be accessed here:
Many, many great new pics of the Indian Army and Indian Navy (

Again, here are images of the Indian military from news photos and from the Sainik Samachar, the fortnightly defense publication by and for soldiers of the Indian military.

The magazine, like those of Western militaries, generally keeps one up to date on the general happenings and goings on of the day-to-day affairs of the military, of interest to the soldier. Sadly, the online edition is updated sporadically, and only in low-resolution images.

By posting some images from here, I hope to show some of the Indian military's unique culture. Remember, this is the second largest military on the planet, probably the most diverse, and each of the thousands of units in the three services has their own histories, traditions, battle honors, ceremonies and heros, which make for a very colorful and interesting display for the general military enthusiast.

Most captions are from the text, but I added some more information to explain certain things if needed.


Indian Navy
^ Army Chief Gen JJ Singh reviewed the parade comprising eight platoons, 50-men guard of honour and the Naval Band during ceremonial passing-out parade was held at Naval Academy, Goa. The 197 trainees who passed out included cadets from the Executive, Education, Engineering, Electrical, Submarine and Technical Cadre, Coast Guard and eight trainees from friendly foreign countries.
^ Comdt M Srivastava represented Coast Guard in the 24th Indian Scientific Antarctica expedition, here at Indra Gandhi Base in Antarctica.
^ The first flagship of the Indian Navy and the seniormost rifle regiment of the Indian Army joined forces with the signing of the Charter of Affiliation between INS Delhi and Rajputana Rifles. The historic Charter was signed at a befittingly grand ceremony held on the Halo Deck of INS Delhi in Mumbai.

The affiliation encompasses many facets of cooperation ranging from better understanding of each other’s traditions, culture and heritage as well as their combat potential and professional ethos. Soldiers and sailors will interact more actively participating in each other’s sporting and adventure activities. Regular orientation capsules, cross attachments or deputation of personnel to participate in reciprocal activities will familiarise them with each other’s organisational structures and procedures.
^ INS Khukri was a frigate of the Indian Navy during the Indo-Pak war of 1971. She bore the brunt of the war on December 9 that year when she sank 40 nautical miles off Diu Coast taking down with her a crew of 18 officers and 176 sailors. Capt Mahendra Nath Mullah, recipient of Maha Vir Chakra (posthumous) of the Indian Navy was the commanding officer of Khukri who chose to go down with the warship.

The act of Capt Mullah and his crew is a shining example of the unyielding spirit and indomitable courage glorifying the highest traditions of the Indian Navy. In memory of the ship crew who laid down lives for the country, a memorial named ‘Khukri Memorial’ was set up in Diu in 1999. The memorial depicts the scale model of the ship.


Indian Air Force
^ Over 500 Airmen were inducted into the Indian Air Force at a colourful passing-out parade at the Air Force base, Tambaram. Above, Air Cmde MS Ahluwalia reviewing the parade.

IAF pilots flew to france to conduct a joint air exercise Garuda 2005. 24 Squadron of Indian Air Force, known as the Hunting Hawks with six Sukhoi-30 and one IL-78 mid-air refuller, took part in the exercise. Mirage-2000-C, Mirage 2000-5 fighters and AWACS represented the French Air Force. Some images from their departure:
^ A proud family: an air warrior with his family before leaving Bareilley Air Base
^ Sukhoi-MKI
^ Naval Chief, Admiral Arun Prakash presenting the Chief of Air Staff Sword of Honour to Flg Offr Naishad Purohit during a passing-out parade held at Air Force Academy, Dundigal in Hyderabad. 58 cadets including 32 women were commissioned as Flying Officers after successful completion of their training.


Indian Army
^ The staff and students of Sainik School, Imphal donated one lakh rupees to Tsunami victims. Wg Cdr MS Bhandari, Principal, Sainik School handed over the cheque to the Governor of Manipur, Dr SS Sidhu at a solemn function.
^ Appu School celebrated its annual day in Tezpur where Mrs Nandini Bapat, Vice President, AWWA, Gajraj Corps was the chief guest. The tiny-tots presented a spectacular show of fun, frolic and music which was appreciated by the audience. Appu School runs nursery, kindergarten and UKG classes for the children of all ranks of Gajraj Corps, Air Force, GREF and civilians.
^ Images from the first joint Army-Airforce exercise, EX Vajra Shakti, 2005.
^ Army Delta Force Signallers maintaining a communication network in Dharmund and Natha, Kashmir
^ Brig NC Negi, Deputy Director General and head of the Pioneer Corps announced the change of corps badge at a special function held at the Pioneer Corps Training Centre (PCTC) in Bangalore. Above, Pioneer Corps jawans installing the new corps badge
^ Jawans from 1/3 Gorkha Rifles battalion recently celebrated its 125th Battle Honour Day. On the occasion, gala celebrations were held at Helipad, Gangtok. Maj Gen Avadesh Prakash, GOC, 17 Mountain Division released a Special Cover in the presence of a large number of officers, JCOs and men. Speaking on the occasion, the General Officer paid rich tributes to the battalion soldiers for their indomitable courage and gallant action.
^ Ninth battalion of the Rajputana Rifles was entrusted with the responsibility of conducting an attachment camp for NCC Cadets. The aim of the camp was to acquaint girl cadets with the rigours of military life through a plethora of training activities. It was attended by one Associate NCC Officer and 20 cadets from 1 and 5 Rajasthan Girls Battalions of NCC. The cadets were given hands-on experience on small arms like INSAS rifle, LMG and carbine including firing practice on Drona simulator.
^ Brig Ashok Kumar Pandey (Retd) launching a website for ex-servicemen
^ The women expedition team which scaled Mt Everest recently with Chief of Army Staff, Gen JJ Singh

The son of Maratha Ligh Infantry, the first ever Chief of the Army Staff in 237 years of its history and Colonel of the Regiment, Gen Joginder Jaswant Singh accompanied by his wife, Mrs Anupama Singh, visited their Regimental Centre for the first time after taking over:
^ Gen JJ Singh at the biennial conference
^ Army Chief, Gen JJ Singh greeting a young soldier
during his visit to Belgaum
^ An Army open recruitment rally was conducted at Churachandpur in Manipur for the selection of Soldier Clerk, Soldier, Technical, Nursing Assistant, General Duty and Tradesmen. The response to the rally was very encouraging and around 5400 candidates turned up for the screening test. Finally, 290 candidates were selected for the written test.
^ Lt Gen BS Dhaliwal handing over Commandant’s Banner for the champion platoon to Cadet Abhimanew Bhatia during the award presentation parade of the Cadets Training Wing (CTW), College of Military Engineering (CME), Pune
^ A ‘Defence Exhibition’ was put up at Gag near Jalandhar on May 9 last. The exhibits included tanks, Bofors guns, infantry combat vehicles, latest communication and surveillance equipment and satellite imagery.

Some recent news photos:
^ BSF soldiers in front of India Gate
^ Soldiers stand guard at the Red Fort during full dress rehearsal for Independence Day celebrations in New Delhi on August 13, 2005
^ Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inspects a guard of honor at the 59th Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort in New Delhi

  • great pics, raj. it seems like gen JJ singh is enjoying his job a great deal.
    - ElHombre, 9 years ago
  • Yep, great pics. Any pics of the new Garud Air Force commandos?
    - seva108, 9 years ago
  • The Indian Army has some of the sharpest dress uniforms EVER! woot
    - ronin2172, 9 years ago
  • Hmm.... the Sainik Samachar server seems to be down? Once it comes back online I'll save these pics on imageshack

    I'll post some pics of the Garud soon :)
    - rajkhalsa, 9 years ago
  • Thanks brother
    - seva108, 9 years ago
  • Hi

    Here's what few photos of the IAF Garud commandos I managed to find:

    During their raising and first batch graduation ceremonies last year:
    ^ Fast roping down an Mi-17
    ^ Demo for the press
    ^ Graduation parade. Note the way they are holding their rifles when they march. This was the first and last time Id ever seen any Indian soldier march like this. It doesn't look as sharp, and they apparently marched differently in Aero India

    During the AeroIndia 05 airshow in Bangalore:
    ^ Hanging out
    ^ Parachuting demo at AeroIndia

    During an anti-terror demonstration media demonstration:
    ^ Officer's dress uniform (he'll get it dirty this way!) Note the very airforce-like style, rather than the army-like uniforms the Navy and Army commandos wear.
    - rajkhalsa, 9 years ago
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    thanks mods!
    - rajkhalsa, 9 years ago
  • Some more pics! woot

    Indian Navy
    ^ Rear Admiral RF Contractor, Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command, inspecting a guard of honour on INS Tirangini


    Indian Air Force
    ^ Flight cadets of the IAF with the cadets of United States and other countries. As part of International Cadets Exchange Programme, four Flight Cadets, accompanied by an officer of Indian Air Force, visited United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), Colorado Springs

    The passing out parade of 700 airmen and women of Administrative Training Institute of the Air Force at the IAF airfield at Tambaram, Chennai
    ^ Air Marshal HS Garkal reviewing the parade
    ^ Demonstration
    ^ Air Marshal HS Garkal presenting the best all-rounder trophy to Leading Aircraftman Selvam


    Indian Army
    ^ Lt Gen MC Bhandari, Director General, National Cadet Corps with the cadets who visited the UK under the Youth Exchange Programme.
    ^ Army Chief presenting Chiefs of Staff Banner to Alpha Squadron, National Defense Acadamy
    ^ Troops overhauling of Kvadrat weapon system
    ^ Commandant, GRC presenting medals to the recruits during the passing-out parade of course No. 49 of the Guards Regimental Centre.
    ^ Lt Gen R Subramanyam, GOC-in-C, Central Command visited the inauguration a new Army camp at Katihar, a 555 km away from Line of Control, dividing Pakistani-occupied and Indian Kashmir. The inauguration was done by the junior-most soldier of 14 Garhwal Rifles, Sep Surendra Singh, above
    ^ Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineers (EME) working at Maitri Station, India's research outpost of the Indian Scientific Expedition at Antarctica
    ^ EME soldiers Fixing IA helicopters at Siachen
    ^ Interesting contrast of camo: Chief of Defence Forces Australia, Gen Peter Cosgrove, seen here with Lt Gen Hari Prasad, visits HQ Northern Command
    ^ An attestation parade for 370 recruits of Course No. 100 was held at Veer Sthal Parade Ground of the Rajputana Rifles Regimental Centre in Delhi Cantonment. The parade was reviewed by Lt Gen Madan Gopal, Director General, Infantry.
    ^ Brig WJB Sturgeon unfurling the Rashtriya Rifles flag of 59th Rashtriya Rifles Battalion (Assam). This 3rd RR battalion of Assam Regiment was formally raised at Assam Regimental Centre, Shillong.
    - rajkhalsa, 9 years ago
  • The mods cleaned up the thread of the troll :bash:

    I'll edit my posts accordingly. Thanks guys! woot
    - rajkhalsa, 9 years ago
  • troll? My comments were unjust? You are saying that India really is 2nd largest army? Diversity in Indian army somehow attributes to its greatness?
    - mr nuff nuff man, 9 years ago
  • GREAT pictures!!
    - seva108, 9 years ago
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    Indian Army
    ^ Indian soldiers guard a border fence that divides India from Pakistan occupied Kashmir
    ^ The Border Security Force (BSF) honor guard at the BSF memorial in Srinagar, Kashmir, 12 September 2005
    ^ An Indian soldier carries a weapon on his shoulder as he walks past the Neelam Cinema in Srinagar, 08 September 2005.
    ^ Retiring Indian army Lieutenant General Hari Prasad (L) and his successor Lieutenant General P. R. Gangadharan salute each other during a baton handing over ceremony at Rangreth on the outskirts of Srinagar August 19, 2005. Prasad headed the Northern Command which is considered the most strategic command in the Indian army. He has dealt with the separatist rebellion in Kashmir and guarded the borders of India to Pakistan and China, a defence spokesman said. General Prasad is retiring at the end of this month after 41 years of service.
    ^ Commander in Chief of the Sri Lankan Army Lt. General S. H. S. Kottegoda (C) inspects a guard of honour upon his arrival in New Delhi, 05 September 2005.
    ^ Indian Border Security Force policeman looks across the Line of Control at Pakistani positions
    ^ A Kashmiri Muslim (R) kisses the forehead of her brother after his graduation as an Indian soldier in a garrison at Rangreth, on the outskirts of Srinagar. 246 young Kashmiri men were formally inducted into the Indian army's Jammu and Kashmiri Light Infantry Regiment (JKLIR) after nine months of training.
    ^ New Indian Army soldiers march during a passing out ceremony in a garrison at Rangreth, on the outskirts of Srinagar
    ^ Indian soldiers listen to a speech during their passing out ceremony in a garrison at Rangreth on the outskirts of Srinagar
    ^ An Indian soldier holds a sword presented to him by a senior officer during a passing out ceremony in a garrison at Rangreth on the outskirts of Srinagar
    - rajkhalsa, 9 years ago
  • 58 cadets including 32 women

    You want to say that future Indian air force officers will be women???

    - Baron Harkonnen, 9 years ago
  • iirc, upwards of 1/4 of air force officers are women, including flying officers. Though not in combat aircraft, but support aircraft like transports, tankers, and the like.

    However, there are women pilot officers of combat helicopters.
    - rajkhalsa, 9 years ago
  • I was just wondering, do Indians who wear turbans wear helmets? Do they take them off to wear helmets, or what? Im not trying to be offensive, just wondering.
    - buttchowder, 9 years ago
  • Well, the only Indians who are religiously required to wear "turbans" (pagadi or dastaar) are people of the Sikh faith.

    In ceremonial dress, or regiment dress, the Sikh soldier can wear the turban as it is, tailor made to reflect rank and regiment colors. Like, for example, Indian Army Cheif, Gen JJ Singh:

    In Sikh regiments, like, well the Sikh Rgmt, or Sikh Light Infantry, shown below in the honor guard, the pagadi is part of the ceremonial dress, whether one is Sikh or not:

    In the Sikh LI, the circular metal ring worn on the pagadi is called the Chakram, an ancient Indian bladed throwing disk that was used in battles as a mele throwing weapon and today in our Sikhs martial art, Gatka:

    Turbans are left as is in non-combat dress (police tactical uniforms, non-committed combat units, etc.):

    For BDUs, an ingenious solution was developed. A headgear called a Patka was made for Sikh soldiers as a headgear that would go around the full pagadi. It is made from Kevlar and wraps around the pagadi, as seen on the Sikh soldiers the below photos

    Because it is so effective, the Patka has been unofficially adopted as the headgear of COIN troops as it offers superior protection around the forehead and sides of the head from shrapnel and debris from IEDs and mines laid on the ground or in ****ietraps, compared to the helmet, and IA police and soldiers doing anti-terror and coin ops wear them, as seen in the following pics:

    Hope that answers your question :)

    - rajkhalsa, 9 years ago
  • Thanks for answering my question.
    - buttchowder, 9 years ago
  • Wow Raj I have one of those. RFI 1A1. Are they still in use?
    - speckfire, 9 years ago
  • Hi

    The FAL is still manufactured/used by the paramilitary and police forces, but it is being supplanted by the INSAS family of rifles in operationalized troops (army, af, marines and paramil). :)

    Not sure why that honor guard unit still uses the 1a1s, probably because they want to send the INSAS to units where its needed most?

    BTW, here's an interesting pic.. IA Paracommando in sentry duty in New Delhi. Never seen a Paracdo used for guard duty before

    - rajkhalsa, 9 years ago
  • V. nice pictures and info Rajkhalsa.
    - Lazy Lob, 9 years ago
  • Woaw this has got to be one of the best threads :)

    Love the Indian Armed Forces.

    Such a great variety, and i may say very nice uniforms!
    - Scottie, 9 years ago
  • Raj,
    That pic is probably just a regular Para soldier. I am pretty sure that is not a Para SF jawan. Also what was the occasion? Sometimes during celebrations like Independence day, military exhibitions etc the Paras do make an appearance and hold the to speak. This probably is one such incident.... Paras were also in force in a recent 'Know your army' exhibition in B,lore. The following link in BR had some pictures..
    Maybe you have some of these pics archived?

    Also the 1a1 pic is probably at least a decade or so old. Looks like something out of the 80's. Do you have a date or a source for the pic?

    Also the pic(Jawan with binoculars) with the caption BSF soldier is most probably a RR soldier. Along the LOC fence in Kashmir where infiltration is still a huge problem, they rule the roost. woot BSF guards non-fenced areas where infiltration is not that big of a problem, I think.

    - brigadeotg, 9 years ago
  • Thanks for all the corrections -- this is the difference between a military history enthusiest and an actual serving member :)

    I'm not sure about the pic with the 1a1s. I think it was found the corbis, but am not certain. :(

    The Para pic was a recent one from *****images. The actual caption is "An Indian soldier stands guard at the Defence Ministry in New Delhi, 21 June 2005, prior to the arrival of Singaporean Army Chief, Major General Desmond Kuek. Kuek is on a three day official visit to India during which the holding of joint army exercises would be at the top of his agenda. After carrying out joint fighter exercises with India, Singapore is now exploring avenues to conduct similar manoeuvres for its land forces."

    I had posted a couple of those defense day pics (of hte IFV and the tanks) in a thread before, but hadn't posted those para pics :(


    Indian Army

    Here are some yahoo photos forwarded to me by a collector. Some of them are a couple years old, and show units not equipped as they are today.
    ^ Oldish pic of IA Soldiers in Kashmir
    ^ Here's an interesting image from about a year and a half ago. Perhaps brigadeotg can explain/correct better. From what I understand these folks are Kashmiri paramilitary groups, often formed from army and police commandos with ex-militants who have been de-brainwashed among their ranks, who are tasked with deep-infiltration of terrorist groups, similar in role to Israel's Sayeret Matkal.

    They intereact with villages along the border terrorised by Pak militants, and gather realtime intel on terrorist groups.
    ^ IA training pics from 2-3 ys ago
    ^ Indian troops serving with the UN in I believe Lebanon.
    ^ Soldiers from the Dogra Regiment shout orders during the Republic Day Parade rehersal, last year
    ^ BSF soldiers crossing a river in Kashmir
    ^ Soldiers (Rastriya Rif?) in Kashmir
    ^ IA soldier with a 84mm Carl Gustav
    ^ Cadets during a graduation parade
    ^ IA Jawans from 4 Gorkha Rifles


    Indian Navy
    ^ Indian Navy Marine Commandos, in this pic from the early 90s.
    - rajkhalsa, 9 years ago
  • Raj,
    Just to clarify myself I am not a serving member. Though a day does not go by without me wondering "what could have been" :D.
    (I think Lemon tree was a serving member IIRC) I am just a military enthusiast like you. In my other life I do stupid stuff like software,blablabla... Pays well mind you but am bored and always wonder... :lol:

    Now back to pics..

    Last pic is of the IA(Not IN Marine commandos), I think training for riverine operations. Pic is originally from the Indian Army recruitment site.

    The ex-militants are Ikhwanis. These are counter-insurgents or former miltants who were 'turned' and now work for the IA. 'Double agents' so to speak. Their track record is mixed AFAIK. Sometime back the govt is supposed to have disbanded them but other reports suggest that they are still in place. Just google on 'Ikhwanis' and you should find a no of articles on them.
    - brigadeotg, 9 years ago
  • Excellent pictures! woot
    - Bluezoo, 9 years ago
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    Indian Army
    ^ Indian troops on the India-Pak border
    ^ Lt Gen Yash Malhotra, Commandant, College of Military Engineering, Pune presented the Commandant’s Banner to Alpha Platoon at a glittering passing-out parade of the Cadets Training Wing (CTW). He also reviewed the ceremonial parade of the cadets which marked the commissioning of the cadets as officers into the Indian Army.
    ^ The Counter-Insurgency Jungle Warfare (CIJW) School was established at Vairengte in Mizoram in 1970s to quell the alarming insurgent situation. Since then, the school has been training Armed Forces personnel in counter-insurgency (CI) operations and jungle warfare. The school has also been catering to the needs of various friendly foreign countries including Afghanistan, Bhutan, Botswana, Bangladesh, Nepal, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Singapore, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan.
    ^ Historical photo of 23rd Sikh Pioneers (now part of Sikh LI regiment) called Punjab Pioneers or the Bengal Native Army. The 23 SP actively participated in the Abyssinian Campaign as an integral part of the British Expeditionary Force
    ^ Lt Gen Ram Subramanyam reviewing the guard of honour by the troops of 4 Sikh Light Infantry at HQ Delhi Area
    ^ A view of the final match during the Inter-Services hockey championship 2003-04 held at
    Air Force Station, Jammu. Army Red won the championship defeating Army Green
    ^ Lt Gen JR Mukherjee felicitating a gallantry award winner of Assam Regiment at the Assam Regiment Biennial Conference at Assam Regimental Centre (ARC), Shillong
    ^ The medal winners of the National Combat Force Shooting Championship. The NCFSC was held at Mhow (MP) under the aegis of the Infantry School, Mhow. A total of nine teams participated in the tournament with one each from the commands and one from Assam Rifles, Navy, Border Security Force and Territorial Army. Each team comprised 45 firers.
    ^ Collage of images from the passing out parade at Indian Military Academy, on June 12 last year. In all 645 young cadets graduated including eight from Bhutan and one from Maldives.


    Indian Air Force
    ^ Mi-35s of 104 Helicopter Sqn of the IAF.
    ^ Air Marshal BK Pandey receiving a guard of honour at Air Force Station, Hakim during his farewell visit to the station
    ^ Images from IAF EX Vayu Shakti 2004
    - rajkhalsa, 9 years ago
  • Excellent Work Raj, Good Jaab Pahji. woot woot
    - sheroo, 9 years ago
  • Don't thank me, thank Sainik Samachar, but just don't thank the guy responsible for encoding all the images as GIFs :)
    ^ Lt Gen Ram Subramanyam reviewing the guard of honour by the troops of 4 Sikh Light Infantry at HQ Delhi AreaHmm.. I think that caption is wrong

    BTW, Sheroo, you were in NCC, right? Any pics from back in the day you can share with us? woot
    - rajkhalsa, 9 years ago
  • unfortunately No not with me here. All r with my parents in India. Getting them to scan and upload is harder than a snowballs chance in hell.

    Though I do have some good ones from the RCTC in manali and ALC in banglore. I am planning to go home in Feb so they will have to wait. But that was a time before I even knew there was something called the INTERNET
    - sheroo, 9 years ago
  • Man I love those pics. Thanks Raj !! I'll try to take a pic of my Ishapore 1A1 this week and post it.
    - speckfire, 9 years ago
  • ^ Awesome! :D
    - rajkhalsa, 9 years ago
  • Excellent pictures!

    Many thanks.

    - Lokos, 9 years ago
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    Indian Navy
    ^ From left, Commanding officer of Indian navy ship Virat, S.P.S. Cheema, US navy Commodore, Mike Smith, Commanding Officer of US navy ship Chafee Johan M. Clauseen, Commanding officer of US navy ship Higgins Jesse Wilson and Commanding Officer of US nuclear Submarine Santa FE SSN 763 Steve Perry address a press conference on board Indian navy shop INS Mysore in Goa, India, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005. Nearly 12,500 navy personnel from India and the United States have begun joint exercises this week focusing on anti-terrorism operations, search and rescue missions, commanders of the Indian and US warships said Wednesday.
    ^ Commanding Officer of US nuclear submarine Santa FE SSN 763, Steve Perry, left, and US Navy Commodore Mike Smith, center, show a photograph on their digital camera to Commanding Officer of Indian Naval ship Virat S.P.S. Cheema, right, on the Indian Naval ship Mysore in Goa, India, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005.
    ^ Indian naval officers prepare the Indian navy submarine Shalki to sail in Goa, India, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005. Nearly 12,500 Navy personnel from India and the United States have begun joint exercises this week
    ^ US nuclear submarine USS Santa Fe SSN 763, right, and US navy warship USS Higgins lie docked in Goa, India, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005
    ^ A laborer works at the port as Indian navy warship Mysore lies docked, rear, in Goa, India, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005. Nearly 12,500 Navy personnel from India and the United States have begun joint exercises this week
    ^ India's INS Mysore is anchored at the Marmagoa port near the western Indian coastal state of Goa September 28, 2005. Aircraft carriers, frigates and submarines from the Indian and U.S. navies will be participating in a second phase of joint exercises starting on Thursday for the first time near the western Indian coast, boosting ties between the world's two largest democracies.


    Indian Army
    ^ Cadets of Officer Training Academy (OTA) perform a parasailing feat at a show organised prior to their passing out parade in Chennai on September 16, 2005
    ^ Cadets of Officer Training Academy (OTA) perform the tent pegging feat at the show in Chennai.
    ^ Cadets of Officer Training Academy (OTA) perform motorcycle stunts at a show in Chennai.
    ^ Lady cadets cheer on the occasion of the 80th passing out parade of Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai on Saturday. Around 245 gentlemen cadets and 68 lady cadets completed their 44 weeks training and will join the Army as lieutenant.
    ^ Indian army soldiers get into a vehicle near their base camp in Siachen, the highest battlefield in the world.
    ^ Indian soldiers from the Rashtriya Rifles patrol the site of gun battle with suspected Islamic terrorists Kani pora, on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005. According to an Indian army spokesman two to three rebels are hiding in the village.


    Indian Air Force
    ^ India's Light Combat Aircraft prototype, on the cover of Vayu Aerospace Monthly
    ^ Indian Air Force (IAF) 'Suryakiran' jet trainers perform over Kashmir's Dal Lake during an air show in Srinagar September 22, 2005. The Suryakiran jet trainers performed many aerobatic manoeuvres on the last day of a two-day air show organised by the Indian Air Force to motivate the Kashmiri youth to join IAF, an IAF statement said
    - rajkhalsa, 9 years ago
  • great stuff! love to see more armor vehicles
    - Vintendo, 9 years ago
  • Thanks guys :)

    Some photos from ongoing US-India exercise Yudh Abyas 05 (Thanx to He219 for a lot of the pics :hug: )
    ^ US troops unloading weapons
    ^ US and Indian soldiers playing volleyball
    ^ Weapons demo
    ^ Indian and American troops
    ^ Combat exercises
    ^ Conditioning exercises


    India's unique guerrilla warfare school (

    By Syed Zarir Hussain

    VAIRENGTE (MIZORAM) Last spring when Alaska Guardsmen Staff Sgt. Michael Grunst and eight other American infantry soldiers arrived at this hilltop village in India's remote northeastern state of Mizoram, they were not at all thrilled.

    Little did they know that in the tiny tribal hamlet, wedged on the border between Mizoram and the state of Assam, lay one of the world's best guerrilla warfare schools.

    After six weeks at the Counter Insurgency Jungle Warfare School (CIJWS) at Vairengte, the nine soldiers of the Alaska Army National Guard's Long Range Surveillance Detachment were left awestruck.

    "This was the most amazing military education facility anywhere," Grunst told his superiors on returning to Alaska.

    Grunst's comments were subsequently reproduced in the unit's in-house journal.

    The school at Vairengte is today considered as one of world's most prestigious anti-terrorist institution with troops from several countries receiving counter-insurgency training here.

    "The motto of this institute is to fight a guerrilla like a guerrilla," the commandant of the CIJWS, Brigadier Basant Kumar Ponwar, told IANS.

    The idea to set up the jungle warfare school was conceived by former Indian Army chief Field Marshal S.H.F.J. Manekshaw some time in 1967 when federal soldiers suffered heavy casualties at the hands of the northeastern rebels who were adept at hit-and-run guerrilla strikes.

    The institute finally came into being in May 1970 with Brigadier Mathew Thomas at the helm of affairs.

    But one year down the line, Indian soldiers undergoing training in the school were pushed to the battlefront - they took part in Operation Jackpot to help the then East Pakistan gain independence and become Bangladesh.

    But once the mission was accomplished, the CIJWS reverted to its task of imparting serious counter-insurgency lessons to federal soldiers for which the institute was established.

    And during the next three decades, the school at Vairengte prepared troops to fight anti-India separatists engaged in low-intensity and unconventional guerrilla warfare against the state forces in different parts of the country, particularly in the northeast and Jammu and Kashmir.

    "The troops are taught to live in difficult and hostile terrain, eat and sleep like the guerrillas and strike as silently as the guerrillas," an instructor at the CIJWS said.

    Spurred by the successes in combating militancy to a great extent, New Delhi in 2001 threw the school at Vairengte open for soldiers from abroad with three US army officers being the first overseas batch to be trained.

    After the 9/11 terror strikes in the US the jungle warfare school at Vairengte began attracting military cadets from across the world.

    In 2003, a group of about 100 elite US commandos completed a three-week anti-insurgency combat training at the institute.

    The exercise, codenamed Balance Iroquois, saw personnel of the US Special Forces undergo an intensive exercise along with soldiers from the Indian Special Forces battalion at Vairengte.

    Lieutenant Colonel David Alan Wisecarver, commanding the US contingent, said the training at Vairengte would add more teeth to its unconventional combat units.

    Defence officials said they were flooded with queries from several Western nations for sending their troops for anti-insurgency training.

    "We are getting a lot of queries with many countries sending their troops for training here," Ponwar said.

    Another instructor said Britain even wants some Indian trainers from the institute to go and train their soldiers.

    Expert instructors in combating both rural and urban terrorist attacks have already trained hundreds of soldiers from 19 countries including Uganda, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Nigeria, besides the US.

    The reputation of the CIJWS lies in the fact that the training module is framed in a highly scientific manner - soldiers receive training in identifying improvised explosive devices (IED), jungle survival, counter terrorism, and interrogation techniques.

    Soldiers are also trained in jungle reflexive shooting and a fast roping technique called "slithering", used by the Indian Army.

    The exercises are aimed at honing special skills for soldiers exposed to terrorist attacks in recent years.

    The training module includes lectures and seminars, besides mock operations in the rugged jungles of Mizoram.

    The Vairengte school at present runs four counter-insurgency and jungle warfare courses open only to officers and soldiers below 28 years of age, with expert instructors in combating both rural and urban terrorist attacks imparting rigorous drills to the trainees.

    "The training module is non-conventional and once a soldier undergoes training here, he can face all deadly situations anywhere in the world," the commandant said.

    "The CIJWS is also framing tactics to hunt down and face terrorists groups carrying weapons of mass destruction."

    And with the success graph soaring, there are plans to upgrade the school into a military college soon.

    "We want to show to the world we can be the best in countering terrorism and other low-intensity warfare," another trainer said.
    - rajkhalsa, 9 years ago

    What is the weapon the jawan is holding? Is it a AK-47 with a grenade launcher?
    - deccantrap, 9 years ago
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    Indian Navy
    Governor of Maharashtra, Mr SM Krishna, reviewing guard of honour at the The International Engineer Officers Conference. The Conference saw the participation of several delegates from 11 countries.


    Indian Army
    Lt Gen MC Bhandari with National Cadet Corps cadets at Guwahati, Assam during a recent visit.
    Chief of the Army Staff, Gen JJ Singh with Infantry officers

    The 28th Infantry Commanders Conference was held at Infantry School, Mhow. Chaired by Chief of the Army Staff, Gen JJ Singh and organised under the aegis of the Infantry Directorate, Army Headquarters, the conference was attended by a galaxy of Infantry officers ranging from Army Commanders and Formation Commanders to Battalion Commanders. The conference is a biennial event.
    Managing the Monster.

    Recently life in Mumbai came almost to a halt as the city experienced the highest ever rainfall of the century. A city, known for its active life round-the-clock throughout the year, was brought to a grinding halt by Lord Varuna. This year's downpour beat the record of Cheerapunji. More than nine meters of rain in less than 24 hours!
    Maj Gen Wang Guanzhong, Deputy Chief of General Office, Central Military Commission, China alongwith a seven-member delegation visited Rajputana Rifles Regimental Centre, Delhi Cantt.

    After a briefing by Col Amardeep Narain, deputy Commandant, Rajputana Rifles Regimental Centre, the delegation members visited the integrated indoor training complex, Drona simulator room, computer training lab and gymnasium. They were highly appreciative about the well laid-out training facilities at the centre and were impressed by the training structure.
    The Defence Secretary, Mr Shekhar Dutt flagging off the NCC Girls Mountaineering Expedition to Kala Nag Peak on September 2, 2005
    Gen JJ Singh, Chief of the Army Staff, paying homage at Amar Jawan Jyoti.
    Nb Sub Jenil Krishnan, a prominent rower of the Corps of EME has been honoured with Arjuna Award by President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
    Maj Gen Rakesh Dass, Col of the Rajputana Rifles flagging off the Regimental Mountaineering Expedition to Mt Kamet and Mt Abi Gamin
    Maj Gen KT Parnaik, YSM GOC, black cat division being welcomed by locals of Kupup village

    Kupup is a small village in East Sikkim located close to the border with a population of just 500. Keeping in view the meagre recreation facilities here, Black Cat Division has constructd a Sports Hall with facilities for table tennis, chess and other indoor sports. The hall was constructed by 14 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles under the aegis of Nathu La Brigade. The hall has been named as Zorawar Sports Hall - named after the legendary General of Jammu and Kashmir Rifles, Gen Zorawar Singh.
    To generate awareness among public on disaster management, a project has been undertaken by Spear Corps. As a part of this project, a First-Aid Training for Disaster Management was held at Dimapur under the aegis of Spear Zone AWWA.
    A havildar of Bombay Presidency Army Artillery, 1882
    Lt Gen HS Maini presenting the trohpy to Capt Pradeep Kuma during a ceremonial parade held at Officers Training School (OTS), AMC Centre and School, Lucknow at the conclusion of Medical Officers Basic Course-166.

    Capt Pradeep Kumar was awarded Gen, BIlimoria trophy for being the best officer of the course. Capt Pradeep Kumar was also adjudged ‘best in drill’ and Capt Disha Dibbas was adjudged ‘second best in drill’. Altogether, 65 Army, 8 Naval, 8 Air Force and 5 Assam Rifles officers including 22 lady officers attended the course.
    The Primary School at Kamkari, Kupwara lacked in infrastructure and was not functioning properly. The 1/11 Gorkha Rifles (Batalik) under took the task and, within a week, the school building was renovated with false ceiling, cement work and facelift. The school has been provided with educational charts, sports items, blackboards and stationery materials.
    Army Inter Command Athletics Championship 2005-06 held at Artillery Centre, Hyderabad was won by Southern Command. Central Command, Western Command, Northern Command and and Eastern Command got second, third, fourth and fifth position respectively.
    Guiding the Guards : Army Chief Gen JJ Singh receiving the banner of Honorary Colonel of the Regiment of Guards from Lt Gen RB Singh in New Delhi. The Brigade of the Guards, which is the seniormost regiment, has the rare distinction of having the President of India as its Colonel-in-Chief and Chief of the Army Staff as its Honorary Colonel


    Indian Air Force

    The Indian Air Force aerobatics team perform "Surya Kiran", or "Sun Rays" during a show to celebrate its 73rd anniversary in New Delhi on October 8, 2005. *******

    - rajkhalsa, 9 years ago
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    Indian Navy

    (Small) images from the recent Indo-Russian naval exercise INDRA 2005.


    Indian Air Force

    Some photos of the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA). The LCA will be inducted in 2009, and will form the backbone of India's MiG-21 light fighter replacements. It is superior in performance in all respects to the similarly sized Gripen, but will be only 1/3 the cost.

    An IAF Mirage 2000 over the desolate icescape of the Ladakh mountains:

    A pair of 'clean' Su-30Ks making a 'run & break' into the circuit at Lohegaon AFS:
    - rajkhalsa, 8 years ago
  • great pics,thinks to post.
    - larryzou, 8 years ago
  • Ooops... messed up the title :oops:, (see this thread (

    but can't edit it... Anyway, some more pics:

    Indian Army
    ^ Firearms training

    And finally, a NCC cutie :oops:
    - rajkhalsa, 8 years ago
  • And finally, a NCC cutie :oops:

    And she looks Punjabi toop-)

    hint:hint Raj:oops:

    Also what is the source of this pic? Is this from the North east? Assam Rifles?
    - brigadeotg, 8 years ago
  • India's unique guerrilla warfare school (

    Wow, INDIA'S GUERRILLA WARFARE SCHOOL is considered one of the best in the world.

    Any more pics on this?
    - Hell Knight, 8 years ago