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Indian Army to launch fresh hunt for weapons worth Rs 45,000 crore



The army is set to launch a fresh hunt for assault rifles, light machine guns (LMGs) and carbines after a string of failed attempts to equip its soldiers with these basic weapons during the past decade, a senior officer said on Sunday.
The officer said the force’s road map for infantry modernisation was taking shape with the government preparing to release a tender for 7.7 lakh assault rifles and redoubling its efforts to buy more than 54,000 LMGs and 44,618 carbines – weapons that are expected to cost upwards of Rs 45,000 crore.
“Indian soldiers are the best in the world but the worst equipped,” said Lieutenant General Rajender Singh (retd), who was director general of infantry in 2007-08. It was during his tenure that the army moved files to buy these weapons.
“The delay is absolutely shocking. Our casualties in counter-terror operations can be reduced by half if soldiers are provided better assault rifles,” General Singh told Hindustan Times. He said the assault rifles should have come by 2010-11.

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DAILY NEWS

Indian Army to launch fresh hunt for weapons worth Rs 45,000 crore



The army is set to launch a fresh hunt for assault rifles, light machine guns (LMGs) and carbines after a string of failed attempts to equip its soldiers with these basic weapons during the past decade, a senior officer said on Sunday.
The officer said the force’s road map for infantry modernisation was taking shape with the government preparing to release a tender for 7.7 lakh assault rifles and redoubling its efforts to buy more than 54,000 LMGs and 44,618 carbines – weapons that are expected to cost upwards of Rs 45,000 crore.
“Indian soldiers are the best in the world but the worst equipped,” said Lieutenant General Rajender Singh (retd), who was director general of infantry in 2007-08. It was during his tenure that the army moved files to buy these weapons.
“The delay is absolutely shocking. Our casualties in counter-terror operations can be reduced by half if soldiers are provided better assault rifles,” General Singh told Hindustan Times. He said the assault rifles should have come by 2010-11.

Read full news on:http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/army-finalises-rs-40-000-crore-mega-procurement-plan-for-infantry-modernisation/story-hLy3wkT4eg1wenocAse6zK.html
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