The Mechanised Infantry Regiment Indian Army is an Infantry Regiment equipped with Armoured troops carriers and BMP II Infantry Fighting Vehicles. The Motto of the regiment is “Valour and Faith”. The Regimental Insignia of Mechanised Infantry consists of BMP Infantry Vehicle and Dragger placed on it. The Mechanised Infantry Regimental Centre is located in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. Currently the regimental has a size of 27 Battalions diversified as Reconnaissance and Support, Wheeled and Tracked Battalions.
History of Regiment traces back to the 1960s, General K Sundari laid the idea of creating a segment of Infantry Regiments with Armoured Carriers for better mobility on the battlefield. After the 1965 Indo-Pak War, 10 battalions of the Indian Army were equipped with TOPAS, SKOT and BTR-60 Armoured Personnel Carriers. Later in 1979, all the Mechanised units were brought together and designated as Mechanised Infantry Regiment. The first Colonel of the regiment appointed was Gen K Sundarji.
From its inception, the Mechanised Infantry Regiment Indian Army columns participated in Operation Pawan, Operation Vijay, Operation Rakshak and UN Peacekeeping Missions.
The Mechanised Infantry Regimental Centre (MIRC) is located in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra which is also home to Armoured Corps Centre and School and DRDO’s Vehicle Research and Development Establishment. The training area is spread along 2000 acres and trains 1000 personnel annually. The training is divided into 3 parts
- Infantry Training
- Composite Training
- Driving and Maintenance Training
The Mechanised Infantry Regiment is currently equipped with
- BMP I Infantry Fighting Vehicles
- BMP II Infantry Fighting Vehicles
- BTR-60 and BTR-70 Armoured Personnel Carriers
- TATA Kestrel (Designed and Developed by VRDE, DRDO and TATA)
Most of the Mechanised Regiments are deployed under Brigades and Divisions along the Western sector taking the advantage of desert mobility.