Indian Special Operations

Garud Commando Force

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The Garud Commando Force is the special forces unit of the Indian Air Force. It was formed in 2003 and has a strength of 1000-1500 personnel.

Indian Air force has started its elite force for the protection of its vital squadrons and aircraft all over the world, presently the GARUDs are deployed in Congo peace keeping operations. As the training centre is near Delhi, optees are trained with paratroopers of Indian army.

The unit derives it’s name from that of Garuda, a divine bird-like creature of Hindu Mythology.

The Air Force had felt a need to have a Special Forces unit for actions such as Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR), Counter Insurgency Operations, and Emergency Response to terrorist activities involving airfields. In September 2003, the Government of India authorized a force of 1080 Special Operations Airmen. The training was designed to be difficult, and most who tried would not pass the rigors training regimen. The Garuds were unveiled as the Indian Air Force’s new Commando force on February 6, 2004.

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