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Indian marine comm­andos need 60 minutes to target

DC | B.R. Srikanth | 06th Feb 2013
OSV-96 used by MARCOS as sniper rifle and anti-material rifle - Photo by Vitaly V. Kuzmin via Wikimedia Commons
OSV-96 used by MARCOS as sniper rifle and anti-material rifle - Photo by Vitaly V. Kuzmin via Wikimedia Commons

 

Bengaluru: If Ajmal Kasab’s cousins come calling again or pir­ates strike over choppy seas, Indian marine comm­andos (MARCOS) will take little more than an hour to launch a counter-offensive. 
 
Leading the charge will be two squadrons of MARCOS-deployed in Mumbai and Port Blair-equipped with duck drop systems fitted on Ilyushin-76 aircraft.
 
This is a “force-multiplier” said one of the scientists from Aerial Delivery Research & Development Establishment, the Agra-based organisation which designed the system. 
 
Once para-dropped from the aircraft, it allows for the Mari­nes to assemble inflatable motorised boats in the sp­a­ce of ten minutes, and race towards ships in distress. 
 
“Once the commandos are near the target, they can dismantle the boats and travel underwater to mount a surprise attack. Such rescue missions will see the Marines deployed in an hour unlike in the past when commandos took up to 48 hours to reach the targets as it involved travelling onboard mother ships and then being depl­o­yed on motorised boats. Each system (two boats) can accommodate 32 com­m­andos, their weapons and fuel for the boats,” the scientist told Deccan Chronicle. 

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