Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Photos: IAF Garuds at Red Flag 08

Press Release from the IAF: IAF special force commandos, the Garuds, successfully demonstrated their mission capability during the Exercise Red Flag, when they neutralized an enemy Radar site capturing an Air Field and carrying out combat search and rescue operations, in the Nevada desert.

The enemy airfield (Red Forces) was simulated at about 60 Kms from the border and was considered strategically important for the friendly forces. The intelligence report made available identified the location of airfield in desert terrain suggesting medium threat environment and adequate defensive measures. The Garuds were assigned the task of neutralizing the enemy radar site and capture the airfield in a stipulated time frame of two hours.

After acquiring all the necessary intelligence inputs, including those from satellite and Unmanned Ariel Vehicle (UAV), the Garud Force mission commander Flt LT Jagvinder Singh carried out a detailed analysis of terrain and topography, worked out an operational plan. The plan included heliborne insertion and exfilteration of the force. The Garud during this exercise mission used assault riles as primary weapons, pistols and combat knives as secondary weapons, LMGs, Navigation and communication equipment and All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs).

It may be recalled that the IAF formed its first Garud Flight in year 2005 with 60 commandos initially and the force has been progressively growing since then. The need for forming such a force was felt after the Kargil Operations and terrorist attacks on IAF airfields in insurgency affected areas. The Garuds are trained to protect airfields from enemy and terrorist attacks, carry out hostage rescue operations, 'Radar Busting' etc. The Garuds also carry out the combat search and rescue missions (CSAR) for securing back Pilots from hostile territory.

"Capt Burry of USAF CSAR said "The Garuds have well executed all the assigned missions overcoming all the exercise limitations. The Garuds are a highly trained, motivated and mission oriented force. They never lose their focus and can achieve the near impossible task given to them."

Photos Courtesy Indian Air Force

7 comments :

Anonymous said...

awesome..but why r garuds using m4 carbine..could have gone for M-TAR or AK-74..
even Israelis and Americans are looking ofr m4/m16 alternatives..why are we harping back.

left wing nut job said...

Shiv,
Thanks for the pics but where's the piece you promised on the LCH? :)

Anonymous said...

wait for 2 more months, LCH itself will come out of HAL workshops...

I am not sure when the article will be out though...

max said...

wow i like that buggy in da 1st pic... fuckin cool

WillWorkForFood said...

>>>awesome..but why r garuds using m4 carbine..could have gone for M-TAR or AK-74..
even Israelis and Americans are looking ofr m4/m16 alternatives..why are we harping back.

>>

Probably cross training with weapons...or we don't use the same red thingy for simulation??

somakray said...
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fgfhnj said...

please shiv aror sir , post some picture of 'ADVANCE LIGHT HELICOPTER" , and it's progress so that we can know how much it is under water