Special Forces of India

The Special Forces of India refer to only those units which are under the direct command of the Indian military and specifically organized, trained, and equipped to conduct and support special operations.

A member of MARCOS simulates a hostage scenario aboard the amphibious command ship USS Blue Ridge

Indian Army

Indian Army Elite 9 Para Commandos with IMI Tavor TAR-21

Para Commandos

It is a special force unit of the Indian Army. It was derived from the Meghdoot Force, which saw action during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965. The Para Commandos were first deployed in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. They took part in the 1984 Operation Blue Star. They were deployed in Sri Lanka in 1980s during India's involvement in the civil war, codenamed Operation Pawan. They also saw action in the Operation Cactus in 1988 in Maldives and in the 1999 Kargil War.[1]

Indian Navy


This unit was created in 1987 by the Indian Navy. They saw action during Operation Pawan in 1988. They were also a part of Operation Cactus in 1988. They have also been deployed in Wular Lake which was a major infiltration point for terrorists.[1] Marcos participated in Operation Black Tornado 2008 Mumbai attacks MARCOS stormed the Trident and Taj Hotels at Mumbai during the terrorist attacks on 26 November 2008, 10 terrorists were killed in action at the Taj.

Indian Air Force

Garud Commando Force

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See Also


  1. ^ a b India: Foreign Policy & Government Guide. International Business Publications. 1 May 2001. pp. 123–124, 130–131. ISBN . Retrieved 18 May 2014. 

Further reading

  • P C Katoch (Retd Indian Army); Saikat Datta (2013). India's Special Forces: History and Future of Special Forces. Vij Books India Pvt Ltd. ISBN . 
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