Army rejects indigenously-built rifles for second year in a row

The Army last year had rejected another indigenously-built assault rifle called the 5.56 mm Excalibur guns as it did not meet the required standards.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:June 23, 2017 5:07 pm
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The Army has rejected an indigenously built assault rifle, citing poor quality and ineffective fire power, and is soon likely to take a fresh call on procuring similar weapons to replace the INSAS rifles. The Army decided to reject the 7.62×51 mm guns built by the Rifle Factory Ishapore after they miserably failed the firing tests last week. Official sources said there were “excessive number of faults” in the guns and “complete redesigning of the magazine” was needed to consider the guns to be used by the Army.

“Excessive flash and sound signature” were observed inthe rifles during the trials, they said adding reliability aspect of the weapons needs comprehensive analysis. The rifles had excessive number of faults and stoppagesto the extent of more than twenty times the maximum permissible standards, the sources said.

The Army last year had rejected another indigenously-built assault rifle called the 5.56 mm Excalibur guns as it did not meet the required standards. A high-level meeting is being convened tomorrow to decide about procurement of assault rifles for the armed forces. The meeting is likely to deliberate on specifications required for the assault rifles.

The meeting is being attended by representatives of the Army, the Air Force and the Navy besides top officials of the Defence Ministry. The Army last year had floated Request for Proposal for the assault guns and around 20 firms had responded to it. The Army badly needs the assault rifles it is learnt to
have been disappointed over delay in their procurement.

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    Rajesh
    Jun 23, 2017 at 8:32 pm
    India can make missiles but not a rifle? I hope the rejection is not influenced by greed of commission in procuring foreign made arms.
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    Vish
    Jun 23, 2017 at 8:24 pm
    There is something murky and fishy about the armed forces officers failing to provide proper specifications before designing stage, failing to monitor at each stage of prototyping, failing to correct shortcomings at prototyping stage itself, and publicly and transparently dealing with arm production. It is also murky they complain and crib later after production, shows their vested personal interest. What is the contribution of armed forces procurers, and testers and implementers of army supplies? " Breathes there the man whose soul is dead that this is the 'arms' created in his country". Will PM and DM, Armed forces chiefs wake up to this reality in the supplies departments of armed forces? Unlike the lousy opposition when it was in power.
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    Tilak
    Jun 23, 2017 at 6:42 pm
    haha haha LOL ! India can't even make it's own rifle and there are some Sanghi cow-worshipping Morons who claim we invented airplanes 1000's of years ago . No wonder we have to beg for weapons from Russia and USA.
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    Manas Sarkar
    Jun 23, 2017 at 6:02 pm
    If we can't make guns by ourselves, how could we think to develop others sophisticated weapons. Along with gun factory DRDO and private players should be involved in this job. Ichapur gun factory can make only old types of guns, as they doesn't have that expertise knowledge.
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