Indian Army received first batch of US assault rifles for operation in Jammu and Kashmir

 Indian Army received first batch of US assault rifles for operation in Jammu and Kashmir

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To fight terrorism and carry out major operations in Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian Army received the first batch of American SiG Sauer Assault Rifles.


On Wednesday, 10,000 SiG 716 assault rifles arrived in India for the first time. Another batch of 10,000 rifles will arrive soon.

The Indian Army is looking to move towards a rifle that makes a larger, more powerful rifle cartridge than the 5.56x45mm intermediate cartridge used by Incas. The SIG716 uses more powerful 7.62x51 mm cartridges.

Earlier, India had signed a Rs 700 crore deal to purchase 72,000 rifles from the US under fast track procedures.

The inclusion of these new assault rifles with the troops in the operation will enable them to work more effectively in engaging with terrorists in Pakistan and PoK.
The rifles are being supplied by American arms manufacturer Sig Sawyer. These will be manufactured in the US and supplied within a year as the new cannons are being contracted under fast-track procurement (FTP).

Most of these rifles - 66,000 are for the Indian Army. The remainder will be split between the Indian Navy (2,000) and the Indian Air Force (4,000).

The Sig Sauer SIG716 7.62x51mm assault rifles will replace the Indian-built 5.56x45mm INSAS rifles.

The Indian Army will also get a big boost with the addition of over 7 lakh AK-203 assault rifles which are going to be produced in a joint venture between India and Russia.

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