India boasts of one of the largest military powers in the world, and it is not the manpower which accounts for its strength. The Indian army also has an array of powerful weapons which makes it a force to reckon with. Though most of these weapons have foreign origin, yet they have been modified by the country to match its needs.
Here are top 10 most powerful weapons of Indian army:
10. PAD/AAD Ballistic Missile Defense System
This advanced weapon system consists of Prithvi Air Defense PAD and Advanced Air Defense AAD, which have ranges of 2000km and 250+ km respectively. While PAD is exp atmospheric interceptor, AAD is endo atmospheric interceptor and together they make a successful ballistic missile defense system for the Indian Army.
9. Pinaka MLRS
Pinaka MLRS is the Multiple Launch Rocket System, which became a proud acquisition of the Indian military in 1998. This system, which comprises of 12 rockets put on a 8X8 truck, boasts of a range of 40 km and has an improved version now which has a range of 65 km. It has been successfully used in the high altitude battle of Kargil in 1999.
8. P-8i Neptune
The next name on the list of top 10 most powerful weapons of Indian Army is that of P-8I Neptune, an aircraft which serves the purpose of protecting the coastline of the country. It can fly up to 2000 km from the base on its internal fuel as it has a high endurance level to complete the toughest of missions.
7. T-90S Bhishma
Bheeshma is a 48 ton tank which the Indian purchased from Russia. It has the capacity to accommodate three crew members at a time and can also fire the Invar anti tank missile, which makes it a unique asset for the Indian Army. Being a diesel powered tank, it saves on fuel and requires minimal maintenance.
6. NaMiCa (Nag Missile Carrier)
Next among the most powerful weapons of Indian Army is NaMiCa, an anti tank missile which has been developed indigenously. In addition to a total of 8 Nag missiles mounted on a BMP chassis, the system is equipped with IR optical sensor, which enables it to see the enemy tanks. The missile also has a High Explosive Anti Tank warhead which has the ability to penetrate and destroy any armor in the area.
5. Phalcon AWACS
Next on this list is the Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AWACS) called Phalcon. The system is made of radar mounted on an advanced aircraft called Russian II-76. It has the ability to locate targets with great speed and accuracy and has several advanced features including an integrated IFF system, self protection EECM suites and Electronic Intelligence too.
4. INS Vikramaditya
One of the biggest strategic assets of the Indian Army is INS Vikramaditya, the latest aircraft carrier which is also the largest one operated by the Army. The carrier weighs a whopping 45000 ton and can deploy 6 ASW/AEW helicopters as well as 24 MIG-29 K fighters. It has rightly been called the King of Indian Ocean.
Su-30Mki is the aircraft of the 21st century, which combines the technologies of Russia, France and Israel and has been modified to meet the Indian requirements. Currently, India happens to be the largest operator of this high tech aircraft, with as many as 314 of them in its fleet.
2. INS Chakra
Featuring next in the list of top 10 most powerful weapons possessed by Indian Army is INS Chakra, a submarine which has been modified to suit the requirements of the Indian Navy. It has the ability to carry as many as 36 Klub Anti-ship missiles and Torpedoes.
1. BrahMos Missile
The BrahMos missile is undoubtedly one of the biggest assets of the Indian Army. It can be rightly called the backbone Indian Defense system because it is a long range standoff weapon. It is 9 m long and 3 ton in weight and is deployed in the warships of the Indian Navy. The missile is a joint production of India and Russia.
All these advanced weapon systems have made the reputation of the Indian Army as a formidable one.