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June 13, 2017

India issues RFIs for assorted weaponry and equipment for Garud special forces


India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has invited responses by 8 July from foreign and domestic suppliers on its planned acquisition of 7.62 mm rifles, sub-machine guns (SMGs), and pistols for the Indian Air Force's (IAF's) Garud special forces.
The MoD has also issued requests for information (RFIs) about the potential supply of night-vision devices and armoured vehicles to equip 10 additional Garud battalions totalling 8,000-10,000 personnel.
The IAF's Garud units currently number some 1,200 personnel. The supplementary forces are part of an MoD plan to enhance security at 54 IAF bases across India following the 1 January 2016 militant strike on the Pathankot airfield, in which seven Indian soldiers were killed.

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