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Infantry Weapons

Indian MoD issues RFI for 650,000 assault rifles

03 September 2018

India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has invited responses from local manufacturers by 20 September to a request for information (RFI) regarding the supply of 650,000 7.62×39 mm assault rifles for the Indian Army (IA) for an estimated INR120 billion (USD1.69 billion).

Issued on 31 August, this is the fourth alteration made by the IA since 2011 to the qualitative requirements for the rifles, which are set to be procured under the ‘Buy and Make (Indian)’ category of the MoD’s Defence Procurement Procedure 2016.

The latest RFI lists revised requirements that supersede those stipulated by the IA when the MoD approved the local manufacture of 740,000 7.62×51 mm assault rifles in January 2017 for all three services, including 550,000 for the IA.

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