New assault rifles to replace INSAS, says Antony

New Delhi:  India is in the process of procuring new assault rifles to replace the indigenously-designed ‘INSAS’ (Indian Small Arms System) rifles, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said Wednesday.

INSAS“The proposal had been made last year, and technical evaluation of bids is in process,” the minister said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

“The procuring will be done through a global route, with the transfer of technology to the Ordinance Factory Board,” Antony said.

“The INSAS rifle has been used by the Indian Army since 1994-95. Over the years, with technological advancement, superior assault rifles are now available,” Antony said.


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