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Defence Ministry fast-tracks purchase of Light Machine Guns and sniper rifles for soldiers

The Defence Acquisition Council cleared a proposal to procure 7.4 lakh assault rifles for the three services. It also approved procurement of 5,719 Sniper Rifles for the Indian Army and Indian Air Force at an estimated cost of Rs 982 crore

Written by Sushant Singh | New Delhi | Updated: February 14, 2018 8:47 am
Defence Ministry fast-tracks purchase of Light Machine Guns and sniper rifles for soldiers The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by the defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, accorded approval to Capital Acquisition Proposals of approximately Rs 15,935 crore. (Express photo/Jaipal Singh)

Responding to a long-pending demand for equipping soldiers deployed on the borders with modern personal weapons, Defence Ministry on Tuesday cleared the procurement of sniper rifles and Light Machine Guns (LMGs) for the armed forces on a fast-track basis. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by the defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman accorded approval to Capital Acquisition Proposals of approximately Rs 15,935 crore.

According to a statement issued by the defence ministry, essential quantity of LMGs will be procured for the armed forces through the Fast Track Procedure at an estimated cost of over Rs 1819 crore. This procurement will meet the operational requirement of the troops deployed on the borders, while the proposal for balance quantity of LMGs will be undertaken under the ‘Buy and Make (Indian)’ categorisation.

The DAC also approved procurement of 5,719 Sniper Rifles for the Indian Army and Indian Air Force at an estimated cost of Rs 982 crore. While these high precision weapons will be bought with ‘Buy Global’ categorisation, the ammunition for these will be initially procured and subsequently manufactured in India, the statement said.

Last month, the DAC had cleared procurement of 72,400 assault rifles and 93,895 carbines on fast-track basis for Rs 3,547 crore to enable the defence forces to meet their immediate requirement for the troops deployed on the borders. With this, the DAC has fast-tracked procurement of the three main personal weapons for the soldiers, i.e., Rifles, Carbines and LMGs.

The DAC Tuesday also accorded approval for procurement of 7.4 lakh Assault Rifles for the armed forces. These rifles, which are likely of a different specification from the assault rifles for the borders being bought globally, will be ‘Made in India’ under the categorisation of ‘Buy and Make (Indian)’, through both Ordnance Factory Board and Private Industry at an estimated cost of Rs 12,280 crore, the statement added.

To enhance the anti-submarine warfare capabilities of Indian Naval Ships, the DAC accorded approval for the procurement of Advanced Torpedo Decoy Systems (ATDS) for the Indian Navy. The ‘Mareech’ system, which has been developed indigenously by DRDO and has successfully completed extensive trial evaluations, will be produced by Bharat Electronics Limited, Bengaluru at an estimated cost of Rs 850 crore.

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    DP
    Feb 14, 2018 at 4:34 pm
    All this should be time bound otherwise its of no use. Anyone putting hurdle in these procurements should be identified and severely punished as he must be enemy of our country or most corrupt person.
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    1. S Suchindranath Aiyer
      Feb 14, 2018 at 1:12 pm
      Imports for unavoidable self defense is but a tiny percentage of the enormous burden placed on India by the "Reservations" (incompetence), Extortion (Corruption) and Non Accountability Cons ution.
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        freethinker
        Feb 14, 2018 at 12:34 pm
        ON ONE SIDE YOU HAVE THE PRIME MINISTER TALKING HOW ADVANCED INDIA WAS AND ON THE OTHER SIDE YOU HAVE THE ARMY TRYING TO BASIC WEAPONS SINCE INDIA HAS FAILED TO PRODUCE THEM IN SEVENTY YEARS. NOW INDIANS WANT TRY AND INVENT THE WHEEL AGAIN. THEY WILL TAKE A COUPLE OF YEARS TO TEST AND PRODUCE WEAPONS WHICH HAVE PROVED THEIR WORTH AND VALUE IN THE WORLD'S BATTLEFIELDS. IT IS ALL DISGUSTING AND PATHETIC.
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        1. Black cobra
          Feb 14, 2018 at 12:27 pm
          Our LAZY DRDO could not produce a single gun and we are still importing guns from abroad. Our bullet vests are bulky and weigh around 3 -4 kg . Whereas imported vests weight are very light . INSAS (DRDO ) rifle is bulky and gets jammed in extreme weathers .Why Govt took long time to order these rifles (imported).? Our Jawans' casulity rate highest in the world because of inferior quality of weapons. Why Security recommendations after Phathankot attack not implemented? Army camps security should be fool proof. Now only MoD has asked it to complete in 10 months.
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          1. KBD
            Feb 14, 2018 at 9:55 am
            when are we going to make them at least make DRDO reservation free its a matter of national safety please prefer only merit life of our soldiers is at stake, microsoft google pepsi mastercard ceo are indian kalpna chawla to sunita willams Indians are doing well abroad but except ISRO nothing in India related to science is world class
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