Infantry Weapons

Indian Army to begin deploying new sniper rifles in Kashmir

11 February 2019

The Indian Army (IA) will soon begin inducting two new types of bolt-action sniper rifle for use along the line of control (LOC) in the disputed mountainous region of Kashmir, which is also claimed by Pakistan.

IA sources told Jane's that 24 new sniper rifles were recently acquired as an "emergency purchase" following sustained sniping by the Pakistan Army across the LOC. These include the .338 Scorpio TGT variant of the Minerva Tactical sniper rifle from Italy's Victrix Armaments, and the Model 95 .50-calibre rifle from US firm Barrett.

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