Infantry Weapons

UPDATE: IA issues RFI for 36,000 night sights for general purpose machine guns

23 December 2016

The Indian Army (IA) is looking to procure night sights to equip its 36,000-odd FN MAG 58-based 7.62x51 mm calibre 2A1 general purpose machine guns (GPMGs).

A request for information (RFI) issued on 9 December asks companies to submit data by 16 February about available designs for 26,000 night sights - based on uncooled thermal imaging technology - that enable a 700 m human target recognition range and a 1,000 m detection range, and provide a reticle suitable for 7.62x51 mm calibre from 100 to 800 m.

The sights are to be mounted on MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rail systems and weigh no more than 1.8 kg.

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