Indian Army to get new assault rifles, Defence Ministry clears purchase order
New Delhi : The Defence Ministry has cleared the purchase order of 72,400 new assault rifles for the soldiers in the Indian Army from global manufacturer Sig Sauer.
This comes as a major decision as the Army had been looking for such weapons for a long time but have not been finding results due to cancellation of tender process.
"The Defence Minister cleared the procurement on Friday and now the rifles would be made available to soldiers in a year after signing the contract," Defence sources said in New Delhi.
The SIG716-G2 assault rifles is light in weight as compared to the present one with the army. The new weapons are likely to cost nearly Rs 700 crores.
News agency ANI also reported that the government is also looking to buy smaller weapons like carbines and light machine guns to make Indian Army more equipped and able.