Infantry Weapons

Defexpo 2014: Indian Army poised to conduct assault rifle trials

06 February 2014

The Indian Army is expected to begin long-delayed trials involving four competing multi-calibre 5.56 x 45 mm assault rifles in May in support of its requirement for 66,000 rifles, estimated to cost about USD300 million.

The competing rifles - fielded by the Czech Republic's Czeca (CZ 807A Bren model), Italy's Beretta (ARX-160), Israel's IWI (ACE 1), and US firm Colt (Colt Combat Rifle or Advanced Colt) - will over several months conduct firing-trials at several locations in diverse climatic conditions. These include the western Rajasthan desert, high-altitude locations in the Himalayas, and high humidity areas: all places where the assault rifles are likely to be employed, Beretta's general manager, Carlo Ferlito, told IHS Janes at the Defexpo 2014 exhibition in New Delhi.

(122 of 484 words)
By posting a comment you confirm that you have read and accept our Posting Rules and our Terms of Use of this site.


  • Gepárd GM3M 14.5 mm anti-matériel rifle

    Development The original Gepárd M3 14.5 mm anti-matériel rifle, also known as the Destroyer, was designed to provide accurate heavy-calibre fire for the engagement of lightly armoured vehicles, helicopters, field defences, and targets at longer ranges. Originally manufactured by Technika

  • Gepárd M1 and M1A1 12.7 mm sniper rifles

    Development The Gepárd series of rifles were first introduced in the early 1990s. Originally manufactured by Technika of Budapest, the manufacturing rights subsequently passed to Sero Ltd, also located in Budapest, Hungary. Description The Gepárd M1 and Gepárd M1A1 12.7 mm sniper

  • L22A2 5.56 mm Carbine

    Development Two versions of the SA80 carbine were developed in the early 1990s. One version was based on a shortened L85A1 rifle, and the other was a shortened L86A1 LSW. The basic details for the L85A1 variant are that the overall length was reduced to 709 mm, with the barrel length being 442 mm;

  • T65 5.56 mm assault rifle

    Development Although the T65 initially proved to be neither reliable nor easy to manufacture, much effort was put into eradicating the various problems and several model variants were produced. Later variants also acted as the basis for the development of a new rifle, the T86 as it was to become.

  • T86 5.56 mm assault rifle

    Development The Taiwanese T86 5.56 mm assault rifle, also known as the Type 86 is a further development of the indigenous T65 design, the latter itself based on the generic M16 design. Reportedly the replacement of the T65 assault rifle was protracted, with several different design options


Industry Links

IHS Jane's is not responsible for the content within or linking from Industry Links pages.