A Carbine for the Indian Army: A Perpetual Jam?

The Indian Ministry of Defence (MOD) issued initial tenders or RFPs (requests for proposal) for 72,400 assault rifles, 93,895 CQB carbines and 16,479 light machine guns at an estimated cost of Rs 5,366 crore to selected foreign armament companies under Fast Track Procurement (FTP) Of these the Assault rifle procurement has proceeded as planned with the American Sig Sauer rifle making the grade while the carbine and the Light Machine Gun procurement appears to be in a proverbial “jam”. While the FTP for carbines was proceeding as planned with down selection of Caracal which is part of the Emirates Defense Industrial Company (EDIC) conglomerate as per a report in the Financial Express online, some pricing issues has delayed a final decision.............................


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