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Small Arms Procurement in India - Reality Check

Approval of proposals for procurement of Light Machine Guns (LMG), assault rifles and sniper rifles for the Indian Army, part of the latter for the Air Force. These have been identified as critical weapons systems for the military thus the government is going in for Fast Track Procedure. DAC has accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AON) even though the release suggests approval which is only the first stage for starting the procurement process and even after adopting the FTP the first weapon may not be in the hands of the jawan on the border before another two years.Saga of procurement of assault rifles in the Indian Army has been marred by repeated change in GSQR and withdrawal of request for proposal or RFP, hopefully this time around these essentials should be placed right.

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