Total Military Force indiaflag
Active: 1,325,000
Reserves: 535,000

Army (1,100,000)
HQ, 5 Regional Commands, 12 Corps
3 Armored Divisions with 2-3 Armored
18 Infantry Divisions with 2-5 Infantry Brigades, 1 Aritllery Brigade some with Armored Regiments
10 Mountain Divisions with 3-4 Mountain Brigades, 1 or more Artillery Regiments
2 Aritllery Divisions with 3 Brigades
16 Independant Brigades, 8 Armored, 5 Infantry, 2 Mountain, 1 Airborne, 1 SSM Regiment, 4 Advanced Deployed, 3 Engineering Brigades

Navy (55,000)
Bases: Mumbai (Bombay HQ Western Command), Kochi (Cochin HQ Southern Command), Vishakhapatnam (HQ Eastern Command), Port Blair (Andaman Is HQ Far Eastern sub Command), Goa (HQ Naval Aviation), Arakonam (Naval Aviation), Calcutta, Madras, Karwar (currently under construction)

Air Force (170,000)
5 Regional Commands: Central (Allahabad), Western (New Delhi), Eastern (Shilong), Southern (Trivandrum), South-Western (Gandhinagar)
Flying Hours: 180+

Forces Abroad and Foreign Forces
MONUC (Congo): 41 including 30 observers
UNMEE (Ethiopia/Eritrea): 1545 including 5 observers
UNIFIL (Lebanon): 691

Currently under UNMOGIP 45 mil observers from 9 countries are stationed in India/Pakistan.

Paramilitary (1,089,700 active)
National Security Guards: 7,400
Special Protection Group: 3,000
Special Frontier Force: 9,000
Rashtyiya Rifles: 40,000
Defense Security Corps: 31,000
Indo-Tibetan Border Police: 32,400
Assam Rifles: 52,500
Railway Protection Forces: 70,000
Central Industrial Security Force: 95,000
Central Reserve Police Force: 167,400
Border Security Force: 174,000
Home Guard: 574,000
State Armed Police: 400,000
Civil Defense: 453,000
Coast Guard: 8,000

Strategic Force
India's pursuit of nuclear weapons was first spurred by a 1962 border clash with China and by Beijing's 1964 nuclear test. India conducted its first nuclear detonation, described by India as a "peaceful nuclear explosion," on 18 May 1974. This test, which may have only been partially successful, demonstrated a claimed yield of perhaps 12 kt. It is reported that Western intelligence estimated the probable yield at 4-6 kilotons. Subsequently, India made significant progress in refining its weapons design and fabrication capabilities, including reducing the size of weapons and increasing their efficiency and yield through boosted fission using tritium.

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India Specific Weapons Systems

FAS on Indian Nuclear Capabilities

The International Institute for Strategic Studies

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