|Throughout these discussion boards i have found many, many references to the armed forces of India, and their apparent excellence. This may be the case but from what i am able to gather they are quite possibly the worst of today’s modern powers.
i realise that i may be wrong which i why i have posted this query, my question is this,
What qualities make the Indian armed forces worthy of holding the title of one of the best today?
i have come across many examples where people have created top ten lists, and have ranked India above many western powers. i think that this is wrong, however this is my personal belief, which is why i am asking my question.
i do not know too much about the Indian armed forces in their current state, i do however base my opinion of a few things that i do know.
The most critical factor that is keeping India low in the rankings for me is this simple fact, logistics, form what i can gather the armed forces of India are quite possibly the world’s worst logistical nightmare; the huge variation in weapons that they field is unfeasible. How can such an army try and effectively field troops in such a way, prolonged engagements would be a dream that they could never achieve. i have done a little research into the various weapons fielded by the Indian forces and the mind boggles at the choice of arms, domestic weapons, Russian weapons, America weapons, British weapons, German weapons etc, the list goes on.
One thing that i find quite amusing is the Indian navy; it is in the same situation as the Indian army in the fact that it has many ships, most of which have been purchased second hand from a consortium of countries after the original owners no longer need them. The Indian armed forces are using the western worlds outdated waste, it is to my understanding that the Indian navy recently purchased (or will be acquiring) the Royal navies invincible class carriers, they are effectively buying their old junk. These second hand outdated pieces of equipment are surely more of a hindrance to the Indian forces more than a help
my second point, is it is simply impossible to train such large numbers of troops to a universally high standard, which means that many of the Indian troops while I’m sure they are capable, are just no up to the standard of many other nations, particularly those with lower troops numbers.
There are several other points, but on these I am reluctant to comment as i feel i know to little to make any form of reasonable judgement, I realise that my opinions and points made may be unfounded and or wrong, but I’m willing to learn hence my question.
Hopefully this will now help me to gain a little further insight into people opinion regarding the Indian armed forces