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India signs contract for purchasing 72,400 new assault rifles

IANS  |  New Delhi 

on Tuesday signed the much-awaited contract for the purchase of 72,400 new assualt rifles for the armed forces, government sources said.

US firm will supply these 7.62x51 mm guns which are urgently required to replace the INSAS 5.56x45 mm rifles, the mainstay of troops.

The purchase is being made under the Fast Track Procurement (FTP) route because of the urgency in getting the guns. Though alone requires around 8.16 lakh rifles, only restricted numbers can be procured under FTP.

The replacement for INSAS rifles had been pending for many years. INSAS, short form for Indian Small Arms Systems, are produced by the (OFB). There were many complaints about the INSAS rifles by the troops.

Out of 72,400 assault rifles, will get 66,400 while 2000 will be given to the and another 4,000 are meant for the All the rifles are expected to be delivered within a year.

The new rifles are said to be compact, robust, modern in technology and simple to maintain in field conditions.

--IANS

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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 18:50 IST
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