India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved procurements on 13 February worth INR159.35 billion (USD2.48 billion) that largely include small arms for all three military services.
The government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB) said in a statement that the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, sanctioned the acquisition of assault rifles, light machine guns (LMGs), and sniper rifles via the Fast Track Procedure (FTP) under the MoD’s Defence Procurement Procedure-2016 (DPP-2016).
Under the FTP all procurements are to be completed within 12 months of a request for proposal being issued.
According to the PIB, an “essential quantity” of LMGs for INR18.19 billion is to be procured off-the-shelf to meet the operational requirements of Indian troops deployed along India’s borders.
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