Indian Army Sniper Rifle–Simultaneous RFI for Munitions Speed up Acquisition

Print reports on 18 June that the Indian Army’s process of acquisition of over 5000 sniper rifles for the Infantry is likely to be delayed as the Request for Information (RFI) floated has seen response from 20 firms but none have the capability for manufacturing ammunition.The Indian Army RFI for acquisition of sniper rifles indicated the following operational characteristicsCalibre. 8.6mm (0.338 inches), (b) Effective Range. Not less than 1200 meters, (c) Accuracy. Less than equal to one MoA, (d) Muzzle Velocity. Not more than 800 m/s (e) Operating Mechanism. Bolt Action. (f) Safety. Inbuilt and Applied Safety mechanism. (g) Picatinny Rails. MIL-STD 1913 compliant picatinny rails. (h) Reliability. In firing of 100 rounds, it should not suffer from more than one ‘Class-I’ or ‘Class-II’ and NO ‘Class-III’ stoppages as per ITOP 3-2-045 specifications. (j) Sighting System. The Sniper Rifle must be provided with an Open Sight as well as Telescopic Sight. The other characteristics desired were light weight Bipod and Empty Magazine for easy carriage and use in varied Indian terrain, reasonable length and ease of operation....................


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