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India to Acquire 2 Million Modern Assault Rifles and Other Small Arms; Kalashnikov in the Hunt

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    India to Acquire 2 Million Modern Assault Rifles and Other Small Arms; Kalashnikov in the Hunt
    By Arthur Dominic Villasanta | Nov 23, 2016 07:52 PM EST
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    AK Alpha by Kalashnikov Israel. (Photo : Kalashnikov Israel)
    Rearming the Indian Armed Forces with modern infantry small arms that inspire fear instead of ridicule is a process that might take over a decade and exceed the $870 million (Rs 6,000 crore) initially budgeted for this purpose.

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    But any overrun in time and money will be worth it if the Indian Army, the Indian Navy, the Indian Air Force and the Border Security Force (BSF) get the weapons on time, especially with deadly clashes against the Pakistan Army occurring almost daily along the Line of Control (LoC).

    Delhi believes the three armed services and the BSF will need two million small arms, a classification that includes assault rifles such as the hated INSAS, which is being replaced. It estimates this project will cost some $870 million (Rs 6,000 crore) and take 10 years to complete, that is, without bureaucratic bungling.



    Delhi reckons 80 percent of this two million total (or 1.6 million small arms) will consist of assault rifles and assault carbines. The rest will consist of machine guns, pistols and other infantry weapons.

    Most of these small arms are expected to be bought from Indian companies to support the Make in India campaign.

    The much maligned licensing committee of the Ministry of Home Affairs will grant licenses for small arms and ammunition to private sector companies. The licensing process could take well over six months to complete at its most optimistic.

    The move to upgun the armed services and the BSF is part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's $250 billion push to modernize the armed forces. The downtrodden jawan, as usual, is bleeding from combat deaths to keep the Pakistan Army and its Muslim militant Kashmiri allies from destabilizing and conquering Indian-administered Kashmir while armed with weapons he really doesn't like.

    One of companies vying to supply these small arms is Reliance Defense and Engineering Ltd (RDEL), India's largest shipbuilding and heavy industry company headquartered in Mumbai, but which is now into small arms production.

    Media reports say RDEL and Israeli company Kalashnikov Israel will soon establish a joint venture company to produce the "AK Alpha," a sleek and evil-looking 7.62×39 assault rifle that began being marketed in the United States early this year.

    One of the reasons why Kalashnikovs remain popular is its low cost of production that translates into a low unit cost per weapon. That edge might be to RDEL's advantage.

    AK Alpha (AK Alfa in Russian) is a project begun by Kalashnikov Israel, which says the rifle was produced with inputs from snipers of the Israel Defense Force.

    It features an AK-style action, but upgrades the weapon to provide a rifle with more modern features and utility than the standard AK-74 used by the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

    Two models will be available: the AKL with a 16.338 inch barrel and the AKS with a 12.362 inch barrel.

    AK Alpha is chambered in the iconic AK cartridge: the 7.62×39 and fed by standard 30-round AK magazines. It features a Picatinny rail for mounting optics and other accessories.





    Read more: http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/...fles-small-arms-kalashnikov.htm#ixzz4Qu2YWW8P
     
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    Lot of good things happening now!! First lot of Bullet proof jackets just arrived... LHD's .. Etc etc...
     
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    Whats is the type of bullet?
     
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    cartridge: the 7.62×39 and fed by standard 30-round AK magazines.
     
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    It is too bad that we have to even import assault rifles.But then OFB is shittiest of all DPSUs.
     
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    That they are.
    :agree::agree::agree:
     
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    I understand how you are feeling bro!! But I think it is a good thing in the long run. It is just the kind of competition we were talking about the other day that these institutions must face from the private sector. Else they feel like they are the king of the world and can do anything.. When they understand that someone else will take the pie from them then they will be more deligent in their work.
     
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    Isn't this like the nth Article that is said the same BS!!!??? Would believe this till Official News comes out!:santa-mooning
     
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    Of course!! It is too early to say anything. However some signs are already there. Like:
    1. Army looking for a new assault rifle.
    2. RDEL and Israeli company Kalash Nikolas forming a JV.
    3. The bullet caliber matching the army requirement.
    It will be through 'make in India' etc etc
    But yes, at the moment we only have these articles and nothing official.
    Maybe this article is a promotion for RDEL .. So many possibilities.. Interesting times we live In :angel:!!
     
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    Exactly my feeling bro....
    (minus the santa):angel::angel::angel:
     
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    Guns and you did nt tag the guns specialist @MilSpec

    When @MilSpec says it's a done deal, I would believe that.. till he remains unconvinced and circumspect, I will wait the time out..


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    You hearing strong buzz? About this?
     
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    Sorry my first thread on IDF!! Feeling kind of nervous
    Sorry @MilSpec @Hellfire :india:
     
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    We should allow private companies to build arms and ammo in India,give some competition to Ordinance factories
     
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    Exactly My Thoughts. . we Should Always Have Options. . Multiple Vendors. . So That The Cust Is The King And Not The Vendor. . That Is How It Should Be. .
     
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