List of military operations of India

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The Indian Armed Forces is the overall unified military of the Republic of India encompassing the Indian Army, the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy. The President of India serves as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces. With an estimated total active force of 1,325,000 personnel, maintains the world's second largest armed forces.

Army operations[edit]

This includes a list of army operations, both old one as well as ongoing operations, as well as humanitarian military operations:

Old operations[edit]

Sr. No. Name of Operation Year Location Notes
1 During First Kashmir War 1947 Kashmir
2 Operation Polo 1948 Hyderabad Indian armed forces ended the rule of the Nizam of Hyderabad and led to the incorporation of the princely state of Hyderabad in Southern India, into the Indian Union
3 Operation Vijay 1961 Goa, Daman & Diu The operation by the Military of India that led to the capture of Goa, Daman and Diu and Anjidiv Islands from the Portuguese colonial holding in 1961
4 During Sino-Indian War 1962
5 During Second Kashmir War 1965
6 Operation Steeplechase 1971 Combined operation against Naxalites
7 During Bangladesh Liberation War 1971 Bangladesh See also Battle of Longewala, Battle of Hilli, Battle of Basantar
8 Amalgamation of Sikkim Sikkim Indian Army disarmed and disbanded the Royal Guard of the Sikkimese King, after which Sikkim joined India as a State of India.
9 During Siachen conflict 1980 Kashmir
10 Operation Blue Star 1984 Punjab
11 Operation Woodrose 1984 Punjab
12 Operation Meghdoot 1984 Indian military's capture of the majority of Siachen Glacier.
13 Operation Rajiv 1987 Indian military's capture of Quaid Post/Bana Top.
14 Operation Bluebird 1987
15 Operation Pawan 1987 Sri Lanka Operations by the Indian Peace Keeping Force to take control of Jaffna from the LTTE in late 1987 to enforce the disarmament of the LTTE as a part of the Indo-Sri Lankan Accord
16 Operation Viraat 1988 Sri Lanka It was an anti-insurgency operation launched by the IPKF against the LTTE in April 1988 in Northern Sri Lanka.
17 Operation Trishul 1988 Sri Lanka Along with Operation Viraat, was an anti-insurgency operation launched by the IPKF against the LTTE in April 1988 in Northern Sri Lanka.
18 Operation Checkmate 1988 Sri Lanka It was an anti-insurgency operation carried out by the IPKF against the LTTE in the Vadamarachi area of northern Sri Lanka in June 1988
19 Operation Cactus 1988 Paracommandos of Indian Army and MARCOS of Indian Navy oust Tamil nationalist mercenaries of PLOTE who instigated a coup in Malé in the Maldives.
20 Operation Vijay 1999 Indian operation to push back the infiltrators from the Kargil Sector, in the 1999 Kargil War.
21 Operation Parakram 2001
22 Operation Sarp Vinash 2003 Jammu and Kashmir An assault on the largest system of hideouts used by insurgents in Jammu and Kashmir in which over 60 terrorists were killed[1][2]
23 Operation Black Tornado, Operation Cyclone 2008
24 Operation Surya Hope 2013 for saving people trapped in the 2013 North India floods
25 Operation All Out 2015 for flushing out militants from specially Kashmir region of Jammu and Kashmir state of India.
26 Operation Maitri 2015 India's Army-led rescue and relief mission in quake-hit Nepal
27 2015 Indian counter-insurgency operation in Myanmar 2015 A cross-border counter-insurgency raid in Myanmar.
28 2016 India–Pakistan military confrontation 2016 On 29 September 2016, Director General of Military Operations disclosed that Indian Para Commandos carried out a surgical strike 2–3 km inside Pakistan administered Kashmir crossing the Line of Control.[3]
29 Operation Calm Down 2016 Jammu and Kashmir

Ongoing operations[edit]

Sr. No. Name of Operation Year Location Notes
1 Operation Goodwill 1998 - present Jammu and Kashmir humanitarian tasks in J&K
2 Operation Good Samaritan humanitarian tasks in Manipur/Nagaland
3 Operation All Out Kashmir 2017 [4]

Navy operations[edit]

Air Operations[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kumar, Devesh (2003-05-24). "Operation Sarp Vinash: Army clears Hill Kaka". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2018-07-15. 
  2. ^ "Operation 'Sarp Vinash': Over 60 terrorists killed". Retrieved 2018-07-15. 
  3. ^ "Pak Summons Indian High Commissioner Over Surgical Strikes". The Quint. September 29, 2016. Retrieved September 29, 2016. 
  4. ^ Sandhu, Kamaljit (2017-11-20). "Indian Army's 'Operation All Out' in Kashmir killed 190 terrorists, but there is reason to worry". DailyO.