India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has invited responses by 15 July from foreign and local manufacturers on the procurement of an initial 44,000 modular 5.56x45 mm close quarter battle (CQB) carbines for the Indian Army (IA).
In a 13 June request for information (RFI) the MoD stated that the tender for the carbines, which must have an effective range of 200 m, weigh 3 kg and be fitted with MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rail systems, would be issued in August.
The carbines must be fitted with a sighting system comprising both flip-up open and detachable reflex (holographic/red dot) sights, along with a visible and invisible laser spot designator.
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