The Mechanised Infantry Regiment



Mobile Infantry has been an important battle-winning factor in war since time immemorial. The chariots of the Mahabharata, the hordes of the Huns, the Dragoons of Napoleonic France and the Panzer grenadiers of Hider's Wehrmacht were the forerunners of today's mechanised infantry with its air transportable characteristics, amphibious capability and inherent dominance of the equipment intensive land battlefield battle groups, the answer to tomorrow's high-technology warfare. In the late sixties some of our finest infantry units were converted into mechanised infantry by equipping them with SKOT, BTR and TOPAS Armoured Personnel Carriers. Its components were provided with joint integrated training and a common battlefield philosophy to realise its full combat potential, by forming the Mechanised Infantry, Regiment, on 20 March '79, amalgamating into it the then existing mechanised infantry units.

The mechanised infantry is assigned the vital task of disrupting the enemy design of battle by projecting itself onto the depth objectives of the enemy, in real time. The enemy is then delivered the coup-de-grace in conjunction with armour and other supporting arms. Specialised units of this Regiment armed with sophisticated anti-tank weapons systems and ultra modern radar and vision devices are utilised for discerning and identifying enemy thrust lines and reactions of highly sophisticated anti-tank missile systems.

Equipped with highly versatile Infantry Combat Vehicle, the BMP and its variants, high technology computers, state of art battlefield surveillance radars and sophisticated second-generation guided missiles, the Mechanised Infantry Regiment will be a dreaded force multiplier juggernaut in any future war with its battle cry of "BOLO BHARAT MATA KI JAI".

The units of the Mechanised Infantry have already proved their mettle during the 1971 indo-Pak conflict, distinguished itself in internal security duties and during "CHETAK", "DIG- VIJAY" and "BRASS TACKS" simulated combat exercises.

Stamp issued to mark the Presentation of Colours by the President of India

Date of Issue: 24.2.88