Create a separate thread named "Gucci gang and our usual RR".
When Indian UN peacekeepers even after all the funding from the UN, still has subpar weapons, helmets, BPJs, etc!! That too those soldiers in DRC were Para SF.Arad is being made in India infact almost whole of IWI portfolio is made in India yet we’re not purchasing them at least for our SF.
if you think this is depressing, you should look at discourse here pre-2014/2015. there are threads here at DFI about equipment which started in 2010 and they are being inducted in 2020.So, I've been a lurker on this thread for a few months now, and all I learnt is that our SF lacks in training, equipment and infrastructure. They are not used as strategic assets, management is poor, plagued by bureaucracy. Most western infantry is better than our SF.
All this is very depressing to say the least. Is there any hope for the future?
Para and SSG engage directly at LOC many times.SSG vs Para (SF) is an interesting exercise for obvious reasons, I will throw in some comments but with caveat that you cannot really rank 2 units, they are just different just like 2 individuals are different.
SSG's biggest advantage compared to Para SF is that it is not just a regiment, it is also a formation with its own commanders. Everything is integrated including training and procurement. Para SF for example does not even have a regiment of its own though in AFSOD at least there is a higher HQ. On our side NSG and SFF are somewhat similar in that they have a vertical structure.
It is surprising to me still, but Pak Army actually does not have any airborne regiment. SSG is all that they have.
There are rumours that Para SF and SSG went head to head in Kargil though result is not known. SSG's public record is poor, be it 1965, 1971 (genocide), Op Meghdhoot, kunduz airlift, lal masjid etc Whereas Para SF public record is generally considered to be good.
It is 99% chance that SSG would have infiltrated into J&K as jehadis over the last 3 decades. In Afghanistan they must have worked under cover as Taliban. Difficult to assess whether these ops were successful. We keep saying they work as BAT - but again is that successful or not? worth a debate.
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