New Delhi/Raipur: The CRPF-- in the thick
of action in naxal hotbeds -- has ordered "fast procurement"
of 300 `Ghillie suits` worn by troops during ambushes in
jungles which are devoid of foliage.
With the summers setting in, the trees have started
shedding leaves, rendering the jungles partially nude in certain operational areas where CRPF commandos and troops
of special security units are active.
According to sources, faced with an immediate need to
arm the troops with proper camouflage, the field commands have
asked the para-military headquarters to procure the
suits on a priority basis.
A ghillie suit is a camouflage clothing designed to
resemble heavy foliage. It is traditionally a net or cloth
garment covered in loose strips of cloth or twine made to look
like leaves and twigs, and augmented with scraps of foliage
from the area also.
The Counter-Insurgency units of the Army and special
forces of the para-military forces essentially use these suits
during surprise attacks on the enemy. Sharp shooters wear
ghillie suits to gel with the surroundings and conceal
themselves from enemies or targets. The suit is also helpful
when the troops have to lay siege and position themselves at
vantage points for long durations.
The procurement of the suits would be fast and the
first bids have been invited by the first week of April, the
According to the standard requirement, "the physical
construction of the ghillie`s outer layers must look as
natural as possible. The ghillie suit should make the
resulting three-dimensional form blend as undetectable as
possible into its immediate surroundings, whether that happens
to be near ground characteristics or vegetation or both.
The ghillie suit should be designed to be cool and
comfortable, with a light but solid enough foundation to
discourage insect penetration yet allow for air circulation,
the tender requirement, the tender said.
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has
contributed almost 58,000 personnel for the massive anti-naxal
offensive currently underway in various states of the country.