Govt clears military acquisitions worth Rs 2290 cr, including 72K more assault rifles from US | India News

NEW DELHI: The defence ministry on Monday authorized fingers acquisitions value every other Rs 2,290 crore, together with procurement of 72,000 extra attack rifles from america, amid the continuing army disagreement in jap Ladakh with China.
The Rajnath Singh-led Defence Acquisitions Council (DAC) cleared the Rs 780 crore acquisition of attack rifles from US company SiG Sauer. The 13-lakh robust Military has already inducted 72,400 SiG Sauer rifles, which might be 7.62×51 mm caliber weapons with an efficient “kill” vary of 500-metres, beneath a Rs 647 crore fast-track procurement (FTP) deal inked in February final yr.
The DAC on Monday additionally gave the nod for the indigenous procurements of sensible anti-airfield guns for Rs 970 crore and static HF trans-receiver units for Rs 540 crore.
TOI had in July reported the Military was once making plans to reserve a 2nd lot of 72,000 SiG Sauer rifles for front-line troops because of the continued extend within the challenge to fabricate Russian AK-203 Kalashnikov rifles in India.
India had in March this yr additionally inked a Rs 880 crore deal to obtain 16,479 Israeli Negev 7.62×51 mm gentle device weapons (LMGs) for its front-line troops deployed at the borders with China and Pakistan. However the restricted selection of new attack rifles and LMGs will handiest meet partial necessities of the militia.
The majority of Military infantrymen are slated to get 7.62×39 mm caliber AK-203 Kalashnikov rifles, with an efficient vary of 300-metres, to complement the restricted selection of the extra complicated US-origin rifles with an extended kill vary.
However the much-touted ‘Make in India’ challenge to fabricate 6.71 lakh AK-203 rifles at Korwa ordnance manufacturing facility in Amethi district of Uttar Pradesh is but to take off because of value problems.