India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed an INR8.8 billion (USD117.8 million) contract with Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) on 19 March for 16,749 Negev NG-7 7.62×51 mm light machine guns (LMGs) for the Indian Army (IA).
“The provisioning of this operationally urgent and critically needed weapon will boost the confidence of the [army’s] frontline troops and provide much needed combat power to the armed forces” said the MoD in a statement issued that same day.
These LMGs, it added, will enhance the “lethality and range” of army soldiers compared to those provided by the currently used weapon.
The Negev NG-7 was ordered after numerous setbacks – including at least one tender cancellation – under the Fast Track Procedure (FTP) initiated in May 2019 as part of the MoD’s overarching Defence Procurement Procedure-2016 (DPP-2016) to meet the IA’s 11 year-old demand for a new LMG.
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