Indian Army rejects indigenously-built rifles for the second year in a row citing poor quality

The army has rejected an indigenously built assault rifle, citing poor quality and ineffective firepower, and is soon likely to take a fresh call on procuring similar weapons to replace the INSAS rifles.

PTI June 21, 2017 21:35:07 IST
Indian Army rejects indigenously-built rifles for the second year in a row citing poor quality

New Delhi: The army has rejected an indigenously built assault rifle, citing poor quality and ineffective firepower, and is soon likely to take a fresh call on procuring similar weapons to replace the INSAS rifles.

Indian Army rejects indigenouslybuilt rifles for the second year in a row citing poor quality

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The army decided to reject the 7.62x51 mm guns built by the Ishapore Rifle Factory after they miserably failed the firing tests last week.

Official sources said there were "excessive number of faults" in the guns and "complete redesigning of the magazine" was needed to consider the guns to be used by the army.

"Excessive flash and sound signature" were observed in the rifles during the trials, they said adding reliability aspect of the weapons needs comprehensive analysis.

The rifles had an excessive number of faults and stoppages to the extent of more than twenty times the maximum permissible standards, the sources said.

The army in 2016 had rejected another indigenously-built assault rifle called the 5.56 mm Excalibur guns as it did not meet the required standards.

A high-level meeting is being convened on Thursday to decide about the procurement of assault rifles for the armed forces. The meeting is likely to deliberate on specifications required for the assault rifles.

The meeting is being attended by representatives of the army, the air force and the navy besides top officials of the defence ministry.

The army last year had floated a request for proposal for the assault guns and around 20 firms had responded to it.

The army badly needs the assault rifles it is learnt to have been disappointed over delay in their procurement.

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