India’s Special Forces Remain Underdeveloped and Underequipped

Indian air force Garud commandos during a drill, Ahmedabad, India, Jan. 17 2015 (photo by DeshGujarat).
Indian air force Garud commandos during a drill, Ahmedabad, India, Jan. 17 2015 (photo by DeshGujarat).
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Last month, Indian special operations forces conducted a brief raid into Myanmar looking for militants. In an email interview, Iskander Rehman, a nonresident fellow at the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council, discussed India’s special operations forces. WPR: How developed are India’s special operations forces, and what are their principal capabilities? Iskander Rehman: That’s a difficult question to answer, in part because some of India’s special operations forces (SOF) units may bear a closer resemblance to what Western military analysts would consider to be elite and/or specialized infantry than to special operators. Within the Indian army, for example, there […]

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