Coming Soon
It's been a while, but as they say, better late than never. We finally made some time to redesign our blog and soon we will have our own independent website. The blog helped us reach a huge audience and generate a lot of interest in this area. As a result, the format and (utility) of the blog seems overwhelmed, hence the transittion to the dedicated site. The URL for the new site and content will be disclosed soon. Till then, enjoy the blog and continue to contribute to our posts.
IAF's Garuda Force to be sent to Congo
The recently raised Indian Air Force commandos, 'Garuda Force', will be deployed in the strife-torn African nation of Congo.

The force raised to make IAF self-sufficient in protecting their strategic assets like airbases, fighters and transport aircraft, radars and missiles will have to prove their mettle in the embattled African country where the IAF is playing a vital role in peace-keeping, according to Vice-Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal M McMahon.

Along with the deployment of the Garuda Force, IAF for the first time during its long tenure in international peace keeping is also exporting Air Service Units to man airport services at Kindu airport in the eastern region of Congo.

The Garuda Force and the ASUs would form part of the 120-member Indian UN peacekeeping mission in Congo, McMahon said.

The Garuda force has undergone extensive training in both armed and unarmed combat by the Indian army commandos and the National Security Guard (NSG).

The team to be based at Kindu airport in eastern DRC is IAF's third contribution to United Nation's peacekeeping mission and the first one ever to provide Airfield Service Units (ASU).
An Indian helicopter unit is already operating in Congo as part of the UN mission.

Bidding adieu to the contingent in Delhi, the Vice Chief of Air Staff said that India was getting a lot of requests from the UN for various peacekeeping missions and would continue making contributions in future.

"Keeping in mind the tough terrain and security environment it will be a demanding job but we expect highstandards of Indian Air Force to be maintained," he said.

The Indian team would be manning UN air movements in a terrain, which has no roads and operations would include crash and fire fighting services, medical support, meteorological services, ramp operations and communications.

Describing the challenges expected in Congo Sqdrn Ldr Zaidi said, "The biggest challenge is that we will be acting as a peacekeeping and not as a peace enforcement agency."

The contingent that departs tonight will be taking over operations from Sweden and an interim US mission.

Posted by Jehangir Unwalla @ 12:03 PM


The global defense industry is constantly shaping how borders are protected, wars are fought, terrorists are tracked and caught, and global security maintained. We aim to track news, policy, military exercises and strategic affairs between the world's largest democracies - India and the United States.

Given the vast interest and passion we have in this field, we decided to launch this blog to give visitors the ability to track these developments, exchange ideas and link to other sources of Information. Our primary sources and links can be found on the main page. Some of the pieces published herein our ours, otherwise it is reproduced from other sources (news, think-tanks or publications) to provide our readers the ability to interact and respond. The link to the original source can always be found under the article. Articles and op-ed pieces written by us include thoughts and opinions that are ours, not those of any government or political party. Last but not least, this blog is not-for-profit, nor is it financially supported by any corporation, entity or organization. It is purely to be used for informational purposes and not commercial and/or profit motives.

Thank you, Nik Khanna & Jango Unwalla

About The Blog
This blog focuses on current issues concerning defense and national security for the world's largest democracy - India. It is updated regularly providing readers with in-depth information on technology transfer, acquisitions, counter-terrorism, security and military collaboration and strategic dialogue between India and the United States. The site includes links to top defense policy & research institutes, think-tanks, military sites and research organizations.
Cooperative Cope Thunder
Nikhil and Jehangir wrote an exhaustive article about the Cooperative Cope Thunder joint event. Their article was publihed in Vayu magazine. Click on the link below to read the in-depth article with amazing pictures courtesy of mark Farmer at
Guard members are ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
If you're looking for a way to serve your community and country while maintaining your full-time civilian career, the National Guard is for you. Click below to learn more about the proud history of the Army National Guard.
Copyright © USIndiadefense, 2006.
All Rights Reserved