Indian Special Forces, the heroes of our armed forces, play a crucial role in upholding national security and carrying out high-risk missions. However, as technology rapidly evolves and influences the battlespace, they face unique challenges that demand innovative solutions.
On the 5th of July, a conference on Indian Special Operations was conducted at the India International Centre, New Delhi. A host of issues requiring focus came up for discussion at the meeting.
In order to effectively execute their missions, Special Forces require state-of-the-art equipment. Yet, their operations’ scale and specific requirements make it difficult for the private sector to produce such specialised equipment cost-effectively. As a result, the government often steps in to procure limited quantities of expensive units. This challenge is not exclusive to India; it affects Special Forces worldwide, regardless of their countries economic status.
Additionally, the procurement process for Special Forces equipment poses its own set of challenges. Certain equipment, particularly those related to sensitive operations, cannot be globally advertised. It is to prevent adversaries from gaining insight into the capabilities and possible employment of the Special Forces. Therefore, a specific and confidential procurement process is followed, involving either purchases from friendly foreign countries or domestic manufacturing while keeping the specifications under strict control. It ensures the security of the Special Forces’ operational capabilities.
To tackle emerging challenges, it is imperative to prioritise indigenous research and development (R&D). Collaborative efforts between defence establishments, research institutions, and the private sector can foster innovation and the creation of specialised technology solutions. By reducing reliance on foreign suppliers, this approach accelerates the development of cutting-edge equipment tailored to the specific needs of Indian Special Forces. Strengthening collaborations between the government, private sector, and academia further facilitates the production and procurement of advanced technology equipment.
Moreover, modernisation is essential to counter emerging threats effectively. Regular assessments and evaluations must be conducted to identify technological gaps and requirements. One significant challenge faced by Special Forces is the weight of their equipment. Even a slight reduction in weight, achieved through R&D, can greatly enhance operational efficiency. Technological adaptation at the tactical level, such as incorporating drones and data analytics, can revolutionise Special Forces operations, strengthening their cyber capabilities and readiness.
However, amidst all these technological advancements, human resources remain the bedrock of Special Forces. The selection process prioritises individuals with an unwavering commitment to the nation, passion and dedication to their units and tasks allotted. Special Forces personnel must willingly place the nation’s interests above their own lives, demonstrating unparalleled commitment. It ensures that Special Forces teams are composed of exceptional individuals ready to challenge their own limits to accomplish their missions.
Indian Special Forces face distinct technological challenges that require proactive solutions. By embracing technological advancements while preserving the essence of human dedication, India can bolster its Special Forces’ capabilities, enhancing national security and readiness in the face of emerging threats. The path to a technologically advanced future for our Special Forces lies in strategic collaboration and unwavering commitment to excellence.
Anukriti, Research Associate, BharatShakti