Army’s rifle plan; 10kg burden on soldiers, $250mn on us

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    JAISWAL Senior Member Senior Member

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    Army’s rifle plan; 10kg burden on soldiers, $250mn on us |
    In a controversial move, the Indian Army’s
    infantry directorate has invited bids to replace its
    outdated INSAS rifles with those with
    interchangeable barrels. Opting for such a fancy
    weapon means that our soldiers will have to
    carry both barrels and also battle with two kinds
    of ammunition — an additional load of at least
    10kg per soldier.
    Surprisingly, just one European arms
    manufacturing firm will be able to meet the
    army’s requirement. At present, the army seeks
    to procure 65, 768 such rifles, but the
    requirement could go up to 20 lakh rifles. DNA
    accessed the RFP (request for proposal) floated by
    the army headquarters a while ago for the
    acquisition of the rifles that will cost the Indian
    taxpayer about $250 million in the first phase.
    The army’s decision to opt for rifles with
    interchangeable barrels is seen as a regressive
    move by many in the South Block that houses
    the ministry of defence. Most rifles come with a
    single calibre, usually 7.62mm or a 5.56mm.
    However, most modern armies have moved to
    the 5.56mm calibre because it is light and allows
    a soldier to carry more ammunition. It is also
    believed that a lower calibre bullet ties down
    more enemy troops compared to the 7.62mm
    calibre rifles.
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    Last edited: Dec 20, 2011
  3. sayareakd

    sayareakd Moderator Moderator

    Feb 17, 2009
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    hope this would not cause new type of logistics problems, like 5.56 ammo was asked but 7.62 was delivered in war time, or vice versa. Plus AK 47 is not outdated even today but INSAS is quite strange.

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