There is a recent news that the IA is changing nearly 60,000 assault rifles. This at a time when there are 60,000 INSAS rifles or even more in active service. INSAS was believed to be tailored around the needs of front line forces. INSAS also had some foreign exports including Nepal and Oman. Given it might be diplomatic pressure that forced the purchase, why not exert the same on IA? INSAS on it's part has also had some problems, but nothing that wasn't fixed. Given rifles like M4 and M16 have had a host of problems, however the soldiers are still fighting wars. Take for instance the British rifle SA80, it too came with a host of problems. However an external consultant H&K was chosen to resolve the issue. Why isn't the INSAS been given the same chance? The highly successful ARJUN has also not seen any enthusiasm from it's end users. All this forces the question, is DRDO really a failure? Do Indian forces not want indigenous weapons? Is there a pupose more than meeting the eye in the purchase of weapons?