Evolution of Mech Inf

 In the Indian Context, the need to mechanise our Infantry was first felt after the 1965 war. The first tentative steps were taken in I969, when 1st MADRAS added another 1st to its cap becoming the first infantry unit to be equipped with APC TOPAZ. 1st JAT LI followed soon, and by the year 1970, ten of our finest infantry units had been equipped with an array of APCs or Chariots, namely the BTR, SKOT and TOPAZ. The 1971 war saw some of these battalions take part in action on both fronts as part of Combat Groupings with Armoured Units for the first time. To fully realise the combat potential of this dynamic arm, the need was felt to provide these battalions with an integrated training and a common battle philosophy. The idea of grouping the existing Battalions together under one banner with a common identity was conceived by Gen KV Krishna Rao, PVSM in 1973 and crystallised by Gen K Sundarji, AVSM, PVSM, ADC. It was they who pursued the formal raising of the Mechanised Infantry Regiment.

The Mechanised Infantry is the youngest regiment of the Indian Army and is a unique blend of military heritage originating since 1776 and the latest state of the art equipment profile. In 1977-78 Mechanised Infantry units were equipped with BMP-1 Infantry Combat Vehicles (ICVs). To fulfil the requirement of the common battle and training philosophy of mechanised warfare, the Mechanised Infantry Regiment was raised on 02 April 1979 and the affairs of the regiment were transferred from Directorate General of Infantry to Directorate General Mechanised Forces. The regiment was raised and nurtured under the watchful eyes of its first Colonel of the Regiment, General K Sundarji, PVSM, ADC. New Battalions were raised by pooling in manpower from old battalions. The regimental crest is a rifle bayonet mounted on the BMP- 1, depicting the infantry and mechanised facets of the regiment. The President conferred Colours to the regiment on 24 February 1988 at Mechanised Infantry Regimental Centre (MIRC), Ahmednagar, in a unique parade where 14 Colours were laid down and 24 Colours presented.

The regiment has actively participated in 'Operation Pawan' in Srilanka, 'Operation Rakshak' and 'Operation Vijay'. The regiment has the unique distinction of operating in the High Altitude Areas of Ladakh and Sikkim. It also specialises in amphibious, heliborne and airborne operations. The regiment has successfully participated in UN Peace Keeping Operations in Somalia, Angola, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo & Sudan. The regiment is affiliated to the Indian Naval Ship.