Indian Army to Order 72,000 Assault Rifles from the United States

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Indian Army to Order 72,000 Assault Rifles from the United States
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In 2019, India signed an order worth Rs. 700 crore, and the order was completed in the last year. And now, again, India is all set to order another batch of 72,000 assault rifles. 

On Sunday, the people familiar with the development process said that the Indian Army is about to buy 72,000 Sig Sauer assault rifles from the United States. This purchase order follows an order for 72,400 assault rifles ordered last year. 

One of the officials said that India’s Army is speeding up the purchase of assault rifles to fulfill the current time requirements. On this, the second official said that the Sig Sauer rifles are costing 8 lakh to the Indian government. The ordered rifles will be expected to replace the 5.56mm INSAS (Indian Small Arms System). 

The leftover requirements of the Indian Army will be fulfilled through a ‘Make in India’ project. Under this, AK-203 assault rifles will be manufactured. This process is at the final stage. The concerned authorities are in discussion with a committee on the pricing issues. 

It has been expected that the FTP can be called on in the case of unforeseen delay in buying the weapons is seen. This decision has been taken to avoid any damage to the Indian Army. 

With this, the Indian government has ordered more stock of Excalibur precision-guided munitions from the United States. On the other hand, Russia assured the quickest delivery of ammunition and weapons when Rajnath Singh, the Defense Minister of India, visited Moscow last month. 

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Source: Hindustan Times