Wither Light Machine Gun for the Indian Army?

The Light Machine Gun (LMG) is an essential squad weapon which provides covering fire to a tactical movement by a 10 men section of the Indian Army. The weapon is fired from a Bipod at a high rate of fire and achieves effective range of approximately 500 meters. The Indian Army is looking at procuring modern LMGs for some years now. 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”............................

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