India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has terminated its three-year-old tender to procure 9,462 7.62 mm light machine guns (LMGs) for the Indian Army (IA) for about INR3 billion (USD46.8 million).
Official sources told Jane’s that the contract was scrapped on 9 August 2017 after Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) emerged as the sole vendor with its Negev NG7 model, after beating the LMG fielded by Bulgaria’s Arsenal in user trials between 2015 and early 2017.
Successive editions of India’s Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) have been ambiguous about finalising contracts involving sole vendors. As a result, the MoD has opted to cancel such contracts to preclude allegations of wrongdoing.
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