Army rejects Made in India rifles for second year in a row

The Army decided to reject the 7.62x51 mm guns built by the Rifle Factory Ishapore after they miserably failed the firing tests last week

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: June 22, 2017 4:38 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 in the rifles during the trials, they said adding reliability aspect of the weapons needs comprehensive analysis.

The rifles had excessive number of faults and stoppages to 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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    rohan
    Jun 22, 2017 at 7:52 pm
    Then, it may be given to paramilitary army of RSS/Bjp for protecting Hinduism and sacred Cow !
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    1. Sarfaraz
      Jun 22, 2017 at 3:10 pm
      Still you want to fight Pakistan and China, with these junk toys?
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        Nishant
        Jun 22, 2017 at 6:30 pm
        The rejected Indian prototype could be better than what China and Pathistan have !
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        1. Alex Wijaya
          Nov 8, 2017 at 7:07 am
          yeah, talking like a true Indian, like a frog in a well. The Chinese has exported their rifles all over the world, adopted by many armies. The Chinese rifles are also popular among western civilian markets, like Canada and Europe, for being cheap and reliable.
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        Nishant
        Jun 22, 2017 at 9:42 am
        It was really really sad that the rifle proposed turned out to be substandard, and there are readers making all kinds of nonsense antinational comments. ....There are infinite ways to make a rifle (or anything with many many variables to account for). If a person or team has a list all of those core variables and characteristics, the second phase should be to study all previous generation of rifles for those characteristics. The third phase would/should be to design rifles in one's mind and make sketches (which could take many years), aimed at several prototypes excelling in specialized applications. A fourth phase should be actual prototyping of a design which has no consideration for cost or the complexity in its production to document in-field superiority compared to anything that existed before. Next phase should be designing and making computer controlled machines that would automate production, allowing for some compromises due to practical reasons.
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          Bhakt
          Jun 22, 2017 at 6:06 am
          Indian Army is DESHDROHI! It's actually a P a k i Army.
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            Pqowieruty
            Jun 22, 2017 at 5:12 am
            Ha....ha....and Modi gifted 13000 crores for Barak missile system developed by diminutive weasel Israel!
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