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Carbines and software-defined radios for Indian Army are approved

29th July 2022 - 03:09 GMT | by Neelam Mathews in Delhi


At one time, it looked like the Indian Army would induct CAR816 carbines from Caracal, but similar weapons will now be manufactured domestically. (Photo: Caracal)

Indigenous software-defined radios, although just approved for purchase by the Indian MoD, could still be years away.

On a path to self-sufficiency, India’s MoD approved procurement proposals worth $3.5 billion on 27 July. 

The list included extended-range guided-rocket ammunition with a 75km range, area denial munitions, infantry combat vehicles, ballistic jackets, 5.56mm close-quarters carbines, surveillance and armed UAV swarms, 1,250kW warship gas turbine generators and 14 fast patrol vessels.

Around a quarter of this budget will be spent on carbines. Years ago, the army tried to fast-track a 93,895 CAR816 carbine order with Caracal.

Five years later, 420,000 close-quarter carbines will now be designed and made in India ‘to combat the current complex paradigm of conventional

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Neelam Mathews


Neelam Mathews

Neelam Mathews was born in India and completed her education in London.

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