Infantry troopers commence obtaining new assault rifles immediately after 15-calendar year wait


Indian soldiers

deployed on the borders with Pakistan and China are now eventually getting new

assault rifles

just about fifteen a long time following the Army 1st demanded them. These US-origin rifles with “a longer destroy range” are intended only for frontline troopers, with the bulk of the 1.three-million pressure slated to get Russian Kalashnikov rifles at a later on phase.

Resources on Wednesday claimed the Army has gained ten,000 of the seventy two,four hundred rifles ordered from US firm SiG Sauer for Rs 638 crore in February this calendar year less than the speedy-observe procurement (FTP) route for essential operational specifications.

“The delivery of all these seven.62x51mm caliber rifles, with an successful selection of five hundred-metre, will be finished by early-2020. Army will get 66,400 of these SiG-716 rifles, even though four,000 are for IAF and 2,000 for Navy. These guns are compact, modern-day in technologies and straightforward to sustain in area ailments,” claimed a resource.

The Korwa ordnance manufacturing facility in Uttar Pradesh, in change, will progressively manufacture seven,forty five,000 Kalashnikov AK-203 rifles in a joint venture with Russia, which could inevitably be worth about Rs 12,000 crore with even the requires of police forces staying fulfilled. The seven.62×39 mm caliber AK-203 rifle, a spinoff of the iconic AK-47, has “an helpful range” of three hundred-metre.

“While Military will get a minimal about 7 lakh of these Kalashnikov rifles, IAF will get 29,000 and Navy 13,600. The final agreement with Russia ought to be inked early upcoming calendar year,” claimed the source. Common Bipin Rawat, incidentally, had earlier publicly declared the whole Military could not be geared up with innovative rifles and other weapons owing to budgetary constraints.

It was way again in 2005 that the Army 1st asked for new assault rifles, along with near-quarter struggle carbines, for its 382 infantry battalions (every single with 850 troopers) to exchange the current 5.56mm INSAS (Indian small arms program) rifles. But unrealistic technological parameters as properly as corruption allegations continuously derailed the procurement initiatives.

Aside from the new assault rifles, the Military has also long gone in for crisis induction of 210 Israeli “Spike” anti-tank guided missiles and twelve launchers, which have a strike array of up to four-km, for the western entrance with Pakistan, as was

before described by TOI


Equally, the pressure has obtained more than 30 new sniper rifles,


’s .338 Lapua Magnum Scorpio TGT and Barrett’s .fifty-caliber M95 guns, which have an productive kill selection from 1,500 to 1,800-metre, for use alongside the 778-km extensive Line of Control.

But these constrained quantities will not satisfy the overall specifications of infantry soldiers, who are generally overlooked in the hunger to induct key weapon programs from fighters to submarines. The Army, for occasion, demands four.58 lakh near-quarter battle carbines.

The defence ministry says the huge shortfalls in primary infantry weapons will at some point be fulfilled with Indian corporations (personal types as nicely as Ordnance Factory Board) tying up with foreign kinds to manufacture them below the “Make in India” framework.