XXI Corps (India)

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XXI Corps
Active 1990-Present
Country India
Branch Indian Army
Type Army Corps
Role Strike
Size Corps
Part of Army Southern Command
Garrison/HQ Bhopal
Nickname Sudarshan Chakra Corps
Lieutenant General Rajender Singh

XXI Corps is a corps of the Indian Army. It is the only strike corps in Army’s Poona-based Southern Command. After India's intervention in Sri Lanka, the provisional HQ controlling India's expeditionary force, HQ Indian Peace Keeping Force, became HQ XXI Corps in April 1990. It was then moved to Bhopal. This is both a strike corps and would also be used if India were to make another big intervention overseas.[1]

It currently consists of:

  • 31st Armored Division (White Tiger Division) headquartered at Jhansi-Babina in Uttar Pradesh, Central India. 94 Armoured Brigade may be part of the division; it is part of the Strike Corps,[2] and has taken part in exercises with the Singaporean Army under the direction of 31 Armoured Division.[3]
  • 36th Infantry Division (Reorganised Army Plains Infantry Division) Sagar. In 2001, the Division Artillery Brigade was at Talbehat, 18 Armoured Brigade at Gwalior,[4] 72 Infantry Brigade at Gwalior, and 115 Infantry Brigade was at Dhana.[5] In December 2013 the 36th Infantry Division participated in Exercise Shahbaaz Ajay in the Thar Desert, to validate fresh war-fighting doctrinal concepts that envisaged rapid deployment, backward integration of strike units and the deep integration of airborne assets in a border scenario. [6]
  • 54th Infantry Division headquartered at Hyderabad/Secunderabad 91 Infantry Brigade at Trivandrum is an amphibious brigade.[7] 47 Infantry Brigade was part of 54 Division during Exercise Tri Shakti in 1986, exercising the air assault role.
  • ? Artillery Brigade
  • Air defence brigade
  • 475 Engineering Brigade

See also[edit]


Indian Army Corps (1947 - Present)
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