Army’s Ghatak infantry platoons to go more deadly

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  1. Shaitan

    Shaitan Zandu balm all day Senior Member

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    All “Ghatak platoons” of the Army will soon start getting the first lot of the latest weaponry aimed at equipping the troops to tackle newer forms of threats. Each of the 350 infantry battalions of the Army have “Ghatak platoons”. These largely comprise trained commandos that carry out specific tasks.

    As there are 20 Ghatak personnel in each infantry battalion of 800, 7,000 Army personnel are set to get the latest weapons. The new weapons will be in addition to the existing sniper rifles and rocket launchers. With the changing scenario, four different sets of equipment would be added to the armoury of the “Ghatak platoons”, source said.

    This would include new automatic sub-machine guns having rapid-fire and night firing capabilities. A contract to acquire 1,568 of these guns had been signed with B&T, Switzerland, for Rs 25 crore. The first priority would be to equip the 130 infantry battalions stationed in the North and the North-East, followed by other battalions. The delivery of the gun was expected to start anytime now, source said.

    The second part of the weaponry would comprise specialised breaching ammunition that would be handy in case the enemy was hiding behind a brick wall or a door. This would be effective in urban warfare and counter-insurgency operations with terrorists taking refuge in people’s houses or farmhouses. At present, the NSG uses such ammunition.

    Handheld ballistic shield would form the third part of the weaponry. The soldiers would be well-protected with bulletproof jackets and headgear. The shield would allow the soldier to see the enemy through it while his own face would remain protected.

    The fourth and last item would be the “stun grenades”. These do not cause any collateral damage but are used to provide an effect by which a person is immobilised and rendered incapable of firing back. This is expected to be used against militants and even in case of a war. Capturing a militant or an enemy alive could yield a whole lot of information. All this is part of the efforts made to address the critical “hollowness” within the Army. Army Chief General Bikram Singh, when he joined on June 1 this year, made it clear that his focus would be on the force and replacing its ageing weaponry.

    Besides ramping up the “Ghatak platoons”, the process to acquire new assault rifles for the entire Army is also at its final stages. Around 60,000 rifles would be purchased in the first lot. The transfer of technology would facilitate licensed production in India.

    The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Main News
     
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  3. JBH22

    JBH22 Senior Member Senior Member

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    So approximately how many ghatak personnel in IA?
     
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    sayareakd Moderator Moderator

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    yeah it is some what confusing


    if you multiply bold part then 16,000 persons.
     
  5. Ganesh2691

    Ganesh2691 Regular Member

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    There are 350 battalions each consisting of 800 soldiers. 20 per battalion brings it to 7000
     
  6. AshutoshNSingh

    AshutoshNSingh Regular Member

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    Can anyone pls post some pics of Ghatak troops in action?
     
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    Abingdonboy has got a lot of pics regarding the RRs and Ghataks.so i would request him to upload some here in DFI!
     
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    sesha_maruthi27 Senior Member Senior Member

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    Go to the INDIAN SPECIAL FORCES thread to see the pictures of Ghatak force in action..........
     
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    1. new automatic sub-machine guns having rapid-fire and night firing capabilities.

    2. Specialized breaching ammunition that would be handy in case the enemy was hiding behind a brick wall or a door.

    3. Handheld ballistic shield would form the third part of the weaponry.

    4. “stun grenades”

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    1. What is the bloody use of a 9mm in J&K even in CQB, And what they meant with Night fighting capability ? its in all Rifles given the scope and mount..

    2. Para SF has it and its not something very sophisticated can be improvised easily given plastic explosive such as C4/RDX..

    3. Fine, Can be handly

    4. Big deal, Hardly there are prisoners..

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    What Should be given :

    1. Availability of customization of existing Rifles as per the user, Buttstocks, grips, P-rail, Reflex , ACOG, NV & thermal, UBGL..

    2. New generation Balletic helmets and Light body Armour, Helmet mount NV ..

    3. Bullet proof vehicles with RCWS, IED jammer and Sniper detection system ..

    4. Small UAV for early Intel..
     
  10. Bhadra

    Bhadra Defence Professionals Defence Professionals Senior Member

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    you have not read the article as you stand answered therein !

    The article says 350 battalions, 350 platoons consisting of 20 men each so total 7000 personnel.

    Rest all is confusion by confused.
     
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  11. ALBY

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    Actually most of the procurement of arms are not meant for the benefit of the men who are going to use it but for the ones who are going to order the procurement.Its not gonna chhange in the near future.
    Any way thhe some useful things they could order in addition to kunals list wass
    1-large caliber sniper rifles which comes in handy while clearing out enemies who are hiding inside concealed places.
    2-Light weight rocket launchers like LAWs or RPG-7s which are easy to carry and use than the MKIIII cgrls used by IA
    3-Apart from light body armour there should be emphasis on protection equipments like blast protection eye goggles,knee and groin pads,and light weight rubber boots uses by SF of other countries.The need foor such basic equipment were felt during 26/11 and one commando lost his eye due to lack of eye goggles.
    4-hands free communication equipment,SAWs, shot guns and lot more.
     
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  12. Dinesh_Kumar

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    They are on lines of US Army Rangers - Shock Troops for Raid and Direct Action.

    Should be given same equipment as Rangers.

     
  13. Kunal Biswas

    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    They cannot even comparable in terms of equipment / material to a ordinary US army regular Joe..

    Get the basics first..

     

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