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43 Armoured Regiment
Active 1981 – present
Country India India
Allegiance India
Branch Flag of Indian Army.svg Indian Army
Type Armoured Corps
Size Regiment
Nickname(s) Charioteers
Motto(s) युध्यस्व विगतज्वरः
"Yudhyasva Vigat Jwar"
Colors Sky Blue and Navy Blue
Equipment MBT Arjun [1]
Commanders
Colonel of
the Regiment
Lt Gen MJS Kahlon, AVSM[2]
Notable
commanders
Lt Gen BM Kapur
Insignia
Abbreviation 43 Armd Regt

43 Armoured Regiment is an armoured regiment of the Indian Army.

Formation

43 Armoured Regiment was raised on 1 February 1981 at Ahmednagar under the command of Lt Col (later Lt Gen) BM Kapur based on a ‘mixed class composition’ and equipped with Vijayanta tanks.[3][4]

MBT Arjun of 43 Armoured Regiment at Republic Day Parade 2010

The Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh presenting the President's ‘Standard’ to 43 Armored Regiment, at Jaisalmer Military Station, in Rajasthan on March 16, 2016

History

The Regiment after its formation has served in Kapurthala, Sri Ganganagar, Ratnuchak, Pathankot, Lalgarh Jattan, Bikaner and Jaisalmer. The Regiment was presented the ‘President’s Standards’ at Jaisalmer in 2016 by General Dalbir Singh, Chief of the Army Staff, on behalf of the President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee.[5] The Regiment had the honour of participating in the annual Republic Day parade on many occasions.[6][7]

Equipment

The Regiment had the Vijayanta tanks at the time of raising. It was handed six pre-production series of the MBT Arjun in 1993,[8] being the first Regiment to use these tanks.[9] From 1995, it had a mix of T-55 and Arjun tanks. In 2009, the Regiment received its full complement of Arjun Tanks.[10][11]

Operations

The regiment has participated in Operation Trident, Operation Vijay, Operation Rakshak and Operation Parakram.

Regimental Insignia

The Regimental badge comprises a chariot being led by four horses depicting the four squadrons. The reins of the horses are steered by the Commandant, while the Adjutant stands astride holding the high the Regimental colours. The colours of the Regiment are Sky Blue (signifies limitedness) over Navy Blue (signifies fearlessness). The Regimental motto is “Yudhyasva Vigat Jwar” which means “To Fight With A Calm And Determined Mind”.[12]

References

  1. ""Why The Army's Arjun Tank May Be Its Best Bet Yet" in ndtv.com". https://www.ndtv.com/blog/why-the-armys-arjun-tank-may-be-its-best-bet-yet-1797209. 
  2. "Gazette of India No 45". 2020-11-07. http://www.egazette.nic.in/WriteReadData/2020/223002.pdf. 
  3. "43 Armoured Regiment - Indian Army Postal Cover". https://www.philamart.com/Listing/Details/3070003/43-Armoured-RegimentIndian-Army-Postal-Cover-APO. 
  4. "Sainik Samachar Apr 2016". 2016. http://www.sainiksamachar.nic.in/englisharchives/2016/apr01-16/h15.htm. 
  5. "43 Armoured Regiment - Presidents-Standards". http://www.spsmai.com/military/?id=3892&q=Presidents-Standards-presented-to-75-and-43-Armoured-Regiments. 
  6. ""India parades Kargil success on Republic Day" at Rediff.com". 2000-01-26. https://www.rediff.com/news/2000/jan/26akd.htm. 
  7. ""Military muscle on display at Rajpath" at tribuneindia.com". 1999-01-27. https://www.tribuneindia.com/1999/99jan27/. 
  8. ""Arjun's Demons To Rest?" at livefistdefence.com". 2007-05-16. https://www.livefistdefence.com/2007/05/arjuns-demons-to-res.html. 
  9. ""The Arjun battle tank acquires a growing fan club" at business-standard.com". 2013-01-29. https://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/the-arjun-battle-tank-acquires-a-growing-fan-club-108061601025_1.html. 
  10. ""MBT Arjun is a formidable tank, but can it replace Russian made T-90? " at oneindia.com". 2018-01-29. https://www.oneindia.com/india/mbt-arjun-is-formidable-tank-but-can-it-replace-russian-made-t-90-2629467.html. 
  11. ""The Journeys of Tejas And Arjun" at bharatshakti.in". 2017-12-26. https://bharatshakti.in/the-journeys-of-tejas-and-arjun/. 
  12. ""43 Armd Standards Presentation" in punekarnews.in". 2016-03-26. https://punekarnews.in/standards-presented-to-75-armoured-regiment-and-43-armoured-regiment-by-the-chief-of-army-staff-on-16-march-2016/. 


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