Indian Army to place order for 72,000 American assault rifles

WION Web Team New Delhi Jul 12, 2020, 05.34 PM(IST)

File photo of a Sig Sauer SIG716 assault rifle. (Picture courtesy: sigsauer.com) Photograph:( Others )

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The order for the second batch of the assault rifles was placed after the first lot of 72,000 rifles, has already been delivered to the Army for use by troops in Northern Command and other operational areas.

The Indian Army to place another order of 72,000 Sig 716 assault rifles from the United States.

The order for the second batch of the assault rifles was placed after the first lot of 72,000 rifles, has already been delivered to the Army for use by troops in Northern Command and other operational areas.

"We are going to place an order for 72,000 more of these rifles under the financial powers granted to the armed forces," Defence sources told ANI.

The Indian Army had received the first lot of Sig Sauer assault rifles to boost its counter-terrorism operations.

India had acquired the rifles under the fast-track procurement (FTP) programme.

The new rifles will replace the existing Indian Small Arms System (Insas) 5.56x45mm rifles used by the forces and manufactured locally by the Ordnance Factories Board.

As per the plan, around 1.5 lakh imported rifles were to be used by the troops in the counter-terrorism operations and frontline duties on the Line of Control (LoC), the remaining forces would be provided with the AK-203 rifles, which are to be produced jointly by India and Russia at Amethi ordnance factory.

The Defence Ministry placed an order of 16,000 light machine guns (LMGs) from Israel recently to do away with the shortage of these guns. 

(With inputs from ANI)