Infantry Weapons

Indian Army seeks new sniper rifle

16 December 2016

The Indian Army's Infantry Directorate has published a request for information (RFI) for a new sniper rifle.

The service plans to acquire 5,000 bolt-action sniper rifles chambered for the .338 Lapua Magnum, with a requirement for the rifle to be capable of operation in environments to include high altitude, desert, and jungle.

With regards to weight and size, the specifications outlined are not set, with the RFI noting that its weight with bipod and empty magazine should be "as light as possible for easy transport and use in varied terrain", while the overall length is required to be "convenient to carry and operate by an average-built Indian soldier".

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