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India's new rifle opts for 7.62mm

13th December 2016 - 10:17 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong


The Indian Army is rerunning a competition for a general assault rifle to replace the problematic Indian Small Arms System (INSAS).

The specifications for the new rifle have now settled on a weapon of 7.62mm x 51 calibre instead of the 5.56mm/7.62mm convertible type it initially sought.

A new RFI for a replacement 7.62mm assault rifle with a minimum 500m range was issued in September, and submissions closed on 7 November. A tentative date for an RFP for 185,000 rifles was listed as April 2017, with 65,000 of these required within four-28 months of contract signature.

Few Indian procurements proceed smoothly,

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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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