Military Capabilities

India setting up tri-service commands for special forces, cyber security, and space

16 May 2019

India's military has initiated the formation of tri-service commands to manage space operations, cyber security, and special forces amid growing regional security threats.

Official sources told Jane's on 16 May that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) appointed two-star officers from the Indian Army (IA) and the Indian Navy (IN) in early May to head the Armed Forces Special Operations Division (AFSOD) and the Defence Cyber Agency (DCA), respectively.

The appointment of the head of the new Defence Space Agency (DSA) from the Indian Air Force (IAF) is imminent, they added.

All three commands, which are expected to become operational later this year, will draw personnel from the respective services and report to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CoSC) via the multiservice Integrated Defence Staff (IDS).

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