Indian soldiers on the line of control will get modern, high-quality rifles. Indian Defence Ministry approved the purchase of 72,400 rifles for the Indian soldiers working in difficult conditions, fighting infiltrating terrorists in Jammu & Kashmir.
The purchase includes the SIG716-G2 rifles from Sig Sauer, likely to be delivered within a year as per contract within a designated period. The rifles will use 7.62 mm ammunition and they may be more powerful than the indigenous INSAS rifles that use 5.56 mm ammunition.
The contract was initially for rifles, carbines, and light machine-guns, but so far, the rifles have been cleared and the carbines are likely to be approved, shortly. The LMG deal is likely to take more time as rebidding has happened. The purchase of rifles will not cause harm to the budget as the cost would be approximately 700 crore rupees.
Once the carbines also come, the brave Indian jawan, the man right on the front, will have the best possible weapons. At present, Indian soldiers are using INSAS rifle, good but underpowered slightly and also, the AK-47, still very effective. The SIG716-G2 will be a new generation rifle, lighter and more accurate.
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