IAF scouts 60 ar­moured ve­hi­cles for com­mando units

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In a first, the In­dian Air Force (IAF) is look­ing to give its com­mando squads pro­tected mo­bil­ity dur­ing oper­a­tions on the lines of their coun­ter­parts in the Army. The In­dian Air Force has an­nounced in­ter­est in procur­ing 50-60 ar­moured ve­hi­cles on the lines of pro­tected per­son­nel car­ri­ers in­tended to be used by its Spe­cial Forces Garud units for op­er­a­tional tasks. The IAF has stip­u­lated that it re­quires ar­moured ve­hi­cles that can be trans­ported by air, ca­pa­ble of all ter­rain oper­a­tions (both cross coun­try and ur­ban ter­rain) by Spe­cial Forces and easy to han­dle with min­i­mum main­te­nance. The ve­hi­cles should be ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing min­i­mum six per­son­nel along with their com­bat equip­ment. The re­quest for in­for­ma­tion en­dorsed to global ven­dors de­scribes the re­quire­ment as a highly mo­bile ve­hi­cle with front-side backar­moured pro­tec­tion from small arms, RPGs and IEDs. As is usu­ally the case with such plat­forms, the IAF wants the op­tion to use the ve­hi­cles as part of of­fen­sive units. Op­er­at­ing con­di­tions of the ve­hi­cle, spares and as­so­ci­ated ac­ces­sories will of course be hot/cold/hu­mid/dusty/snow weather con­di­tions, in­di­cat­ing a range of de­ploy­ment pos­si­bil­i­ties. The IAF will keenly be look­ing at air trans­porta­bil­ity with its C-17 and C-130 trans­ports, both plat­forms the IAF is look­ing to beef up in terms of num­bers and ca­pa­bil­ity.

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