Declassified: 7 Covert RAW Missions That Showcase Its World-Leading Capabilities


Operation Smiling Buddha (1974)

    RAW played a crucial role in Indias first successful nuclear test, code-named Smiling Buddha. The mission demonstrated Indias nuclear capability and marked a significant milestone in its defense strategy.

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Operation Cactus (1988)

    RAW orchestrated a daring military operation in the Maldives to thwart a coup attempt against President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. Indian troops swiftly intervened and successfully restored order, showcasing RAWs rapid response capabilities.

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Operation Chanakya (1994)

    RAW operatives carried out covert operations in Kashmir to gather intelligence and combat insurgency, playing a pivotal role in maintaining security and stability in the region.

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Operation Leech (2001)

    RAW conducted operations to gather intelligence and provide support during the tense standoff between India and Pakistan following the attack on the Indian Parliament in December 2001.

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Operation All Clear (2008)

    RAW played a crucial role in coordinating counter-terrorism efforts during the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Its operatives provided intelligence support and facilitated joint operations to neutralize the terrorists.

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Operation X (2011)

    A highly secretive mission where RAW agents reportedly played a key role in gathering intelligence and planning the operation that led to the successful elimination of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

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Operation Hot Pursuit (2020)

    RAW was involved in planning and executing cross-border operations to target terrorist camps in response to attacks on Indian security forces in Kashmir. This operation underscored RAWs proactive approach in combating terrorism.

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