I think this carbine RFI is tailor made for Sig sg553. It matches all criterion mentioned in rfi.My biggest fear came true, The Indian Army wants that the carbines are required to be 650 mm long in foldable and 800 mm long in extended conditions and weigh no more than 3.3 kg. No AR-15 type rifle offers foldable stock or 650mm length in collapsed condition due to use of buffer tube. Only FN SCAR and SiG MCX remain qualified but SiG MCX is 3.4kg heavy so only FN SCAR Remains which is too too too much expenive to even dream of buying let alone reality, guess what... the specs were made specifically for OFB Carbine as Phashist Narinder Mudi once said Aatmanirbhar Bharat and Indian Army went too seriously.
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There is a long barrel version of the same rifle. That's the reason I singled it out. It is already in service with NSG and isn't a bad weapon too. I also wish it is mcx but I am skeptical looking at rfi.Lol, even I thought that, but not possible, barrel length too short. SiG 556 would be a good choice but MCX is what I want.
Long barrel doesn’t mean it will fit, 800 mm max.
Requirements...Do you have any copy of that RFI? I cant find it anywhere.I never saw any barrel length criteria mentioned / did I miss that. Longer barrel length makes sense, but it is IA we are talking about.
What is the small arms requirments of IA?OFB carbine (Sig 550 style) will most likely get seected.
Either it is made exactly as per the RFI, or the RFI is made exactly to suit the OFB carbine. THe carbine surfaced earlier (Defence exo 2020) and the RFI was released in (Feb 2021). So the latter is the most likely case.
OFB lobbying is also one of most likely reason the earlier RFI was cancelled and the Caracal bid was rejected.
Some sources have said that OFB has also proposed to the army a 7.62*51 mm rifle which is based on this carbine. But the army has rejected this proposal till now. However, if this carbine is selected, then it will also become the front runner to the the rest 3.6L carbine (5.56*45 mm) and another 2.2L rifle (7.62*51 mm to complement the Sig-716s).
Around 4 lakh Carbines, 5.56 NATO round.What is the small arms requirments of IA?
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