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India‚Äôs MoD approves import of assault rifles and carbines | Jane’s 360
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India‚Äôs MoD approves import of assault rifles and carbines | Jane’s 360

India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the long-delayed procurement of 72,400 assault rifles and 93,895 close-quarter-battle (CQB) carbines for the Indian Army (IA) in a deal worth INR35.47 billion (USD553.33 million).

The MoD‚Äôs Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, sanctioned the import of the weapons on a ‚Äúfast-track basis‚ÄĚ on 16 January to meet the ‚Äúimmediate requirement‚ÄĚ of IA personnel deployed along on India‚Äôs borders and on counter-insurgency operations, according to a statement by the Indian government‚Äôs Press Information Bureau (PIB).

IA sources said tenders for 7.62√ó51 mm assault rifles and 5.56√ó45 mm CQB carbines would be despatched to overseas manufacturers within a fortnight.

Source:¬†India‚Äôs MoD approves import of assault rifles and carbines | Jane’s 360

 

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