Gurgaon: The country's elite NSG has embarked on an ambitious project to prepare new-age commandos equipped with high-end weapons to undertake specialised counter-terrorism and counter-hijack operations through land, air and water.
The force, known as the 'black cats', will churn out close to 2,000 commandos by 2015-16. They will be completely independent to operate in a hostile environment with the help of artificial intelligence gadgets being developed for them indigenously by DRDO and other premier organisations.
"The National Security Guard is now on the verge of a quantum jump. We have set our plans to prepare a modern commando. A five-year plan has been activated. It primarily concentrates on the commando...a commando who will be independent to operate," NSG DG R K Medhekar said.
He was talking to reporters on the occasion of NSG's Raising Day at Manesar garrison here.
The plan has been made keeping in mind that a commando should be independent when he operates...his weapon, his body armour, communication devices, body wearable computer. Water and food should be with him on his body. Some elements in this regard are already under trial and we hope to get the first batch of such new age commandos by 2015-16, Medhekar said.
The NSG chief said two battalions (2000 commandos) will emerge out once the trials and tests are complete and they will be able to operate from air, water and land.
Medhekar said the modern commando will be on par with the men of other elite special forces of the world as "terrorists and their designs are advancing with time."
"This (developing of modern commando) requires a lot of work and developing of data...we are doing it in collaboration with DRDO and artificial intelligence institutes. We have to depend on indigenous methods for this as no one shares their expertise in this field," Medhekar said.