The Garud Commando Force is the special forces unit of the Indian Air Force. It was formed in 2003 and has a strength of 1000-1500 personnel. Indian Air force has started its elite force for the protection of its vital squardons and aircraft all over the world, presently the GARUDs are deployed in Congo peace keeping operations. As the training centre is near Delhi, optees are trained with paratroopers of Indian army.
The unit derives it's name from that of Garuda, a divine bird-like creature of HinduMythology