Indian Army Assault Rifles – Decadal Dilemma Now Over

Indian Army had been struggling with procurement of an assault rifle to arm almost one million front line soldiers as a replacement of the 5.56 INSAS which was seen as having outlived the potential.More over the INSAS was found unsuitable for close combat in counter insurgency and terrorist operations which had led to the Army procuring the famous AK 47 and other similar variants from Russia and Bulgaria.The AK has proved its worth being extensively used to outlast terrorists mainly in Jammu and Kashmir where the INSAS was found to be too long for quick handling and rapid shooting.After fiddling with GSQRs for a long period from the utopian twin barrel to shoot to injure 5.56 and now shoot to kill 7.62, finally a firm plan appears to be in place for procuring the desired number of modern fire arms for the foot soldier.Ministry of Defence issued initial tenders or RFPs (requests for proposal) for 72,400 assault rifles, 93,895 CQB carbines and 16,479 light machine guns, which will together cost an estimated Rs 5,366 crore to selected foreign armament companies under Fast Track Procurement (FTP).............


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