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What makes MARCOS so effective and lethal force

Marcos TrainingThere are special forces and then there is the Indian Navy’s Marine Commandos. The Indian Navy’s elite special force, that specializes in everything from counter-terrorism to underwater operations and sabotage to anti-piracy ops.

MARCOS was raised as the Indian Marine Special Forces (IMSF) in 1985. Two years later, they were renamed the Marine Commando Force (MCF). Those that clear the selection then start undergoing grilling course which includes basic training at INS Abhimanyu in Mumbai. The trainees then train in para jumps at the Paratrooper Training School in Agra & a diving course at Navy’s Diving School in Kochi.

MARCOS are widely feared among the terrorists, who call them “Dadiwala fauj” The meaning the “Bearded army” because of their bearded disguise in civil areas.

Training :

They are expected to have a reaction time of 0.27 seconds.

(MARCOS) The training period is 2 years. For 3 to 4 weeks in a first phase, they get physical training and tests and only 40 to 50% (in physical training phase) candidates pass this phase. All over drop rate during while training drop rate is 80–90%. After this, they get training in weapons and intelligence for approx 1 year.

After this, they do one more training again.

They are capable of para-dropping into the sea with full combat load and equipment.

They are trained for warfare on sea, land, and air.

They attend the four-week high-altitude commando course run by the Parvat Ghatak School in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, and this course is specially tailored for Indian conditions. The training is structured and precise and has attracted interest from the United Navy seals prior to their operations in Afghanistan.

They are taught to fire their guns lying down, in full sprint and a full backward sprint. Also, they are taught to shoot looking in a mirror.

Training includes :

  • Open and closed circuit diving
  • Basic commando skills including advanced weapon skills, demolitions, endurance training and martial arts
  • Para training
  • Intelligence training
  • Operation of submersible craft
  • Offshore operations
  • Anti-terrorism operations
  • Operations from submarines
  • Skydiving
  • Various special skills such as language training, insertion methods, etc.
  • Explosive ordnance disposal techniques
Royal Marines take part in Operation with MARCOS of Indian Navy
Royal Marines take part in Operation with MARCOS of Indian Navy
Equipment and Weapons :

1. Browning Hi-Power 9mm Semi-automatic pistol

2. Glock 17 9mm Semi-automatic pistol

3. SIG P226 9mm Semi-automatic pistol

4. 1A SMG 9mm Sub-machine gunRelated image

5. Uzi 9mm Sub-machine gun

6. MP5 9mm Sub-machine gun

7. AKM Assault rifle and its variants

8. AK-103 Assault Rifle

9. AKS-74U Compact assault rifle

10 .INSAS 5.56 mm NATO Assault Rifle

11. Colt M16A2 5.56mm NATO Assault rifle

12. Colt M4A1 5.56 mm NATO Carbine

13. TAR-21 Tavor 5.56 mm NATO Assault rifle

14. 1A SLR 7.62mm NATO Battle Rifle

15. APS Underwater assault rifle

16. Dragunov SVD Semi-automatic sniper rifle

17. Heckler & Koch MSG90 Semi-automatic sniper rifle

18. OSV-96 Anti-material rifle

19. Cross Bow With Cyanide Tipped Arrow

20. IMI Negev Light machine gun

21. General purpose machine gun

22. FN MAG 7.62 mm General purpose machine gun

23. G p25 40mm Grenade Launcher

24. M203 40mm Grenade launcher

25. AGS-17 Automatic grenade launchers

26. RCL Mk III 84mm Recoilless rifle

27. Shipon Anti-tank weapon

28. 9K38 Igla MANPADS

29. IMI Negev Light machine gun

30. pk General purpose machine gun

31. FN MAG 7.62 mm General purpose machine gun

32. Gp 25 40mm Grenade Launcher

33. M203 40mm Grenade launcher

34. AGS-17 Automatic grenade launchers

35. RCL Mk III 84mm Recoilless rifle

36. Shipon Anti-tank weapon

37. 9K38 Igla MANPADS

38. H3 sea King and Chetak helicopter

Known operations :
  • Operation Cactus,
  • Operation Leech,
  • Operation Pawan,
  • Kargil War,
  • Operation Black Tornado,
  • Operation Cyclone,
  • Counter-terrorist operation in Kashmir.
Highlights :

They have proficiency in foreign languages like Arabic, Mandarin so that they can gather foreign intelligence.
They are expected to have a reaction time of 0.27 seconds.
Tavor 21 assault rifles.
90% drop rate.
Advanced training lasts for 2 years and more.
Most of the things are very secret even operations details and training strategy.
They have 100% success rate.

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