The 7.62x51 mm Sig Sauer rifles would replace the 5.56x45 mm Insas rifles being used by the Indian defence forces. The time frame for the supply of the whole consignment is 12 months from the signing of contract, officials said.
The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by the Defence Minister, had accorded the Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for the rifles on January 16 last year.
Looking for a rifle that would be "compact, robust, modern in technology and simple to maintain in field conditions", the Army had rejected the assault rifle made by the state-run Ishapore Rifle Factory after they badly failed in the firing tests.
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