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Indian Army Spotted Using French Armored Vehicles In Kashmir For Anti-Terror Operations

By Eurasian Times

Indian news outlet operating from Jammu and Kashmir – Greater Kashmir revealed that the nation’s paramilitary forces have deployed the famous Sherpa armored vehicles in the region. The vehicle is already in service with the National Security Guards (NSG) and with select units of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to guard critical facilities.

The current news of the induction of the Sherpa comes for the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), which is the main internal force under the Home Ministry of the country and is christened as the largest paramilitary force in the world with more than 300,000 personnel in service.

In addition to these new Sherpas, the service has been operating the Indigenous Mine-Protected Vehicle (MPV) as its mainstay MRAP (Mine-Protected Ambush Protected) vehicle.

It has been actively engaged in various counter-insurgency and counter-terror operations in Kashmir, especially with its special quick-reaction teams (QRTs) established in the region.

In addition to the MPVs, teams also use the ‘Marksman’ light armored personnel carrier for quick deployments, which is developed by Mahindra.

The Mine-Protected Vehicles made by the Ordnance Factories Board of the Indian Government have had their fair share of criticism as well. A lot of these vehicles were lost to IEDs while combating Naxalites in Left-Wing Extremist areas in central India.

In 2011, an exasperated K Vijaykumar, then CRPF DG, described the MPVs as “coffin on wheels” — but he also acknowledged their effectiveness in moving troops and fending off ballistic ambushes.

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