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India receives first new rifles and turns back to Spike missiles

19th December 2019 - 09:57 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch


The Indian Army has seen forward momentum in receiving some equipment – Spike missiles and SIG Sauer 7.62mm rifles – it desperately needs to modernise its beleaguered force as it faces incessant procurement delays across the board.

After humming and hawing, the Indian MoD finally proceeded with a buy of Rafael Spike antitank guided missiles (ATGM). India is apparently procuring 260 Spike LR2 missiles and 12 associated launchers, although it is not known when they are to be handed over.

The order of Spike missiles was confirmed by Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik in parliament on 11 December.

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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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