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India reboots CQB rifle tender

14th June 2017 - 09:11 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong


This month the Indian Army launched a supplementary RfI to obtain 44,000 much-needed 5.56mm close-quarter battle (CQB) carbines.

These are intended to replace its retired Sterling 1A1 9mm submachine guns, with responses due on 15 July.

The CQB carbine being sought from either local or foreign manufacturers is to have a minimum effective range of 200m, weigh less than 3kg, feature a sight system (with integrated flip-up open sight, and either detachable or independent reflex sight and visible/invisible laser pointer) and be capable of fitting a Picatinny rail system.

No dimensions for the carbine were specified in the MoD’s document.

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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