The main aim of having a Parachute Unit to any country is for the quick deployment of the soldiers behind enemy lines to attack the enemy from behind & destroy their first line of defence. They are the “CRACK FORCE” & help the main army to get in without much damage. The Indian Paras are the Elite group of soldiers & generally all the Special Forces personals are selected from it. Though it has it’s own SF Units & slowly the rest of them are being converted into SF or better known as “COMMANDOS”.
The three parachute commandos (battalion-size units) perform special forces duties. Airborne, Air Assault or Parachute troops are usually held centralized. The mounts, in all cases, are provided by the Indian Air Force. The parachute and parachute commando units, which are part of the Indian Army’s special forces, are ready reaction troops, although their use “is heavily dependent on the Air Force air transport fleet.
- One part was the traditional parachute force, with the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Parachute.
- 5, 6, 7 and 8 Para are airborne units, not specialised in any particular warfare.
- The other was the five Parachute Special Forces units with the 1 Para (SF), 2 Para (SF), 9 Para (SF), 10 Para (SF) and 21st Para (SF).
- The 1 Para (SF) is trained for covert and overt operation; 2, 3 and 4 Para (SFs) is trained for urban warfare, unconventional warfare, foreign internal defence, special reconnaissance & so on.