Indian Armed Forces

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Indian Armed Forces
Service branchesIndian Army seal Indian Army
Indian Navy seal Indian Navy
Indian Air Force Seal Indian Air Force
HeadquartersMinistry of Defence, South Block, New Delhi
Supreme CommanderIndia President Droupadi Murmu
Prime MinisterIndia Narendra Modi
Minister of DefenceIndia Rajnath Singh
Defence SecretaryIndia Ajay Kumar, IAS
Chief of Defence Staff Vacant
Military age18[1]
Reaching military
age annually
Active personnel1,455,550[3] (ranked 2nd)
Reserve personnel1,155,000[3]
(ranked 3rd)
Budget478,195 crore (US$63 billion) (2021–22)[4]
(ranked 3rd)
Percent of GDP2.4% (2019)[5]
Domestic suppliers
Foreign suppliers Russia[7]
 United Kingdom[8]
 United States[7]
Annual importsUS$42.9 billion (2000–16)[9] (Ranked 4th)
Annual exportsUS$2.23 billion (2019–20)[10] (Ranked 19th)
Related articles
HistoryMilitary history of India
Presidency armies
British Indian Army
Royal Indian Navy
Indian National Army
Wars involving India
Air Force

The Indian Armed Forces are the military of India. It is made up of an Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. There are other parts like Paramilitary and Strategic Nuclear Command.

The President of India is its Commander-in-Chief. However, it is managed by the Ministry of Defence.

In 2010, the Indian Armed Forces had 1.32 million active personnel. This makes it one of the largest militaries in the world.[11]

Currently, the Indian Army is becoming more modern by buying and making new weapons. It is also building defences against missiles of other countries.[12] In 2011, India imported more weapons than any other nation in the world.[13]

From its independence in 1947, India fought four wars with Pakistan and one war with China.

Every year, 7 December is celebrated as Armed Forces Flag Day.

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