Special Frontier Force: Vikas Battalion
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III- Defence and Security
- The Special Frontier Force (SFF) unit, referred to as Vikas Battalion, was recently in the news.
- It had been said to be instrumental in preventing Chinese occupation on the LAC in Ladakh.
Important value additions
Special Frontier Force (SFF)
- SFF was established on 14th November 1962 in the immediate aftermath of the 1962 Sino-India war.
- It falls under the purview of the Cabinet Secretariat.
- It is headed by an Inspector General who is an Army officer of the rank of Major General.
- They are highly trained special forces personnel who can undertake a variety of tasks.
- Women soldiers, too, form a part of SFF units.
- The SFF units are not part of the Army
- However, they function under operational control of the Army
Do you know?
Major Operations of SFF:
- Operation Eagle (1971 war with Pakistan)
- Operation Bluestar (clearing Amritsar’s Golden Temple in 1984)
- Operation Meghdoot (securing the Siachen glacier in 1984)
- Operation Vijay (war with Pakistan at Kargil in 1999)