INSAS Rifle, LMG & Carbine

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Sorry, my bad it's forest guards!! And hopefully they get funds to upgrade their personal defence weapons. Atleast replace those bolt action rifles with SLRs or any automatic rifles like Ofb Ghatak/TAR.
Nah. They need every other stuff more... From snakebite resistant boots to sniffer dogs, chilly shells, battery-cctvs & quadcopters, handheld metal detectors or simply cash for giving out compensations etc.

Gun should be the last priority for them. There are better suited forces that are a phonecall away in rare case of need.
 
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Carbine deal a benchmark to invest in India, says UAE arms firm Caracal

The deal for 93,895 Close Quarter Carbines (CQBs) for the Indian Army, for which United Arab Emirates (UAE)’s government-owned small arms manufacturer Caracal was shortlisted, is like a “benchmark” for UAE industry and they are watching closely on further investments in the Indian market, said Hamad Salem Alameri, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Caracal in an interview to The Hindu. “Once this first contract moves, lot of sister companies within the group will see this as a success story and people will have the confidence to come and invest in India,” Mr. Alameri said. He said this was the most important message that everyone is looking at and people are willing to come and invest in India and create jobs with the blessings of the two governments. However, while Caracal was shortlisted two years back, the final deal has been delayed and recently an in-principle decision was taken in the Defence Ministry to cancel the deal and take the domestic route for procurement. But no formal announcement has been made so far. “Nothing came to us officially on the cancellation or on the intent of cancellation,” Mr. Alameri said. He said in the last two years Caracal had developed lot of suppliers and technology partners and the starting point of indigenisation will be 60%. Stating that Caracal has already identified four locations to set up the facility and also identified local partners to be able to commence production immediately, Mr. Alameri said India is already part of their global supply chain and over 20% of the components fitted on the CAR 816 are already made in India. The deals for 72,400 assault rifles and 93,895 carbines were approved by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) in January 2018 to be processed through the Fast Track Procurement (FTP) route. While the deal for assault rifles was concluded with Sig Saur and SIG-716 assault rifles delivered to the Army, the CQB deal in which Caracal was selected has been held up. The total number CQBs required is much larger given the Army’s requirement. Caracal was among two of five contenders who qualified in the trials, from which it was declared the lowest bidder as its bid was $26 mn less than the competitor, Mr. Alameri said. As part of the evaluation, an Army team conducted trials at the vendors’ facilities and later the carbines were tested in India with local ammunition to check compatibility. Caracal which is looking to expand its presence in the Indian market, is now bidding for the Sniper rifles tender of the Army and also looking to supply sub-machine guns to the Home Ministry, Mr. Alameri added. The CAR-816 carbines meant to replace the Army’s 9mm Sterling carbines in service and have higher bullet velocity and reduced weight compared to the Sterling carbines. Caracal has already said it is positioned to complete the order within 12 months.
 

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UAE gunmaker bats for ‘make in India’ plan, exports

A UAE-based rifle manufacturer, Caracal, which has won a bid to supply 93,000 carbines to the Indian Army, says it has a “make in India” plan and is looking to have a manufacturing base here for its entire range of small arms, which can be exported to other markets. The CEO of Caracal, Hamad Salem Al Ameri, spoke to The Tribune through video-conferencing. Caracal is one of the companies of Edge, an Abu Dhabi-based technology conglomerate. India already makes 60 per cent of the product, it has selected, he said, adding that it is not just this close quarter carbine for the Army, “We make an entire range of weapons like pistols.” On being asked who is the Indian partner? Al Ameri said: “We await the formal order and will share details of the local partner. We have already identified the required land and will be able to commence production to meet the timelines agreed upon with the Indian Defence Ministry.” The carbines have to be supplied within 12 months of signing the contract. “Our focus remains on delivering a product which is best in quality and tailor-made as per the requirements of the Indian soldier,” Al Ameri said. On being asked if his company would avail the 75 foreign direct investment route which India allows in defence manufacturing, he said, “We will explore all potential possibilities while engaging with India. We are deeply invested in India. Not only we are prepared to supply quality weaponry that leverages cutting-edge technology, but also facilitates the transfer of technology and research and development facilities to India to build a more substantial ecosystem.” On Edge, he said it was an advanced technology group for defence and beyond and Caracal fell within its “Missiles and Weapons cluster”.
 

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OFB to soon offer its indigenous anti-material sniper rifle to Army for trials

Camouflaged in a ghillie suit, a sniper patiently waits to fire a shot that can neutralise targets and their war assets beyond enemy lines with highest precision and maximum damage. The Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) is soon to offer its indigenously developed large-calibre sniper anti-material rifle (AMR) to the Indian Army for trials after having incorporated modifications as per the latter’s requirement. The large calibre AMR, named ‘Vidwanshak’ is a 100 per cent indigenous weapon by OFB, launched during the ‘Atmanirbhar Week’. Sources in the Kolkata based defence manufacturer- OFB, confirmed to The Statesman that some orders were received for the rifle from state police organisations and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). The BSF and the CRPF are the existing users of the weapon. “Vidwanshak is a multi-calibre sniper rifle chambered for two types of calibres- 14.5mm and 20mm. It can be used in anti-material role for destroying enemy bunkers, lightly armoured vehicles, radar systems, communication equipment, parked aircraft, fuel storage facilities etc” explained the source who added, it is a “single shot, bolt-action rifle having a detachable three round magazine and a range of 1800m for 14.5mm calibre ammunition and 1300m for the 20mm calibre. The advantage is, the rifle can quickly be dismantled and carried in two portable man-packs, each weighing 12 to 15 kgs.” The Indian Army earlier imported such 14.5mm/20mm anti-material sniper rifles from the South African company, Denel Land Systems. To boost the Atmanirbhar policy, OFB developed the AMR through its in-house R&D wing of Ordnance Factory (OF), Trichy without any MoU with foreign collaborators and support from external agencies, factory sources confirmed. Due to this indigenisation, foreign exchange to the tune of USD 90 million will be saved, it said. However, the Army reportedly had earlier desisted from procuring the Vidwanshak rifle due to its heavy-weight which affected portability. OFB sources highlighted “the weight of the weapon is comparatively lesser than the South African made AMR which were used by the Army. This weapon also has advanced optical telescoping sights. We have completed modifications on the rifle as per the Army requirement and will offer it for trials soon.”
 

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OFB to soon offer its indigenous anti-material sniper rifle to Army for trials

Camouflaged in a ghillie suit, a sniper patiently waits to fire a shot that can neutralise targets and their war assets beyond enemy lines with highest precision and maximum damage. The Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) is soon to offer its indigenously developed large-calibre sniper anti-material rifle (AMR) to the Indian Army for trials after having incorporated modifications as per the latter’s requirement. The large calibre AMR, named ‘Vidwanshak’ is a 100 per cent indigenous weapon by OFB, launched during the ‘Atmanirbhar Week’. Sources in the Kolkata based defence manufacturer- OFB, confirmed to The Statesman that some orders were received for the rifle from state police organisations and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). The BSF and the CRPF are the existing users of the weapon. “Vidwanshak is a multi-calibre sniper rifle chambered for two types of calibres- 14.5mm and 20mm. It can be used in anti-material role for destroying enemy bunkers, lightly armoured vehicles, radar systems, communication equipment, parked aircraft, fuel storage facilities etc” explained the source who added, it is a “single shot, bolt-action rifle having a detachable three round magazine and a range of 1800m for 14.5mm calibre ammunition and 1300m for the 20mm calibre. The advantage is, the rifle can quickly be dismantled and carried in two portable man-packs, each weighing 12 to 15 kgs.” The Indian Army earlier imported such 14.5mm/20mm anti-material sniper rifles from the South African company, Denel Land Systems. To boost the Atmanirbhar policy, OFB developed the AMR through its in-house R&D wing of Ordnance Factory (OF), Trichy without any MoU with foreign collaborators and support from external agencies, factory sources confirmed. Due to this indigenisation, foreign exchange to the tune of USD 90 million will be saved, it said. However, the Army reportedly had earlier desisted from procuring the Vidwanshak rifle due to its heavy-weight which affected portability. OFB sources highlighted “the weight of the weapon is comparatively lesser than the South African made AMR which were used by the Army. This weapon also has advanced optical telescoping sights. We have completed modifications on the rifle as per the Army requirement and will offer it for trials soon.”
If they mean copy of NTW 20, they're a few decades too late. It was already rejected by army.
 

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Any news on testing of SSS defence sniper rifle....I hope it has conpleted the trials...
It is a bolt gun, it'll get through trials no problem. The problem is with competitive bidding. Can they match prices of competitors? They have no production capability that I've heard of.
 

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