ARMY STILL AWAITS ‘CORNERSHOT’ WEAPON CA­PA­BIL­ITY FOR PIS­TOLS

SP's LandForces - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

The In­dian Army, which made known its re­quire­ment for a cor­ner-shot ca­pa­bil­ity that al­lows it to mount in-ser­vice 9mm pis­tols for fir­ing from around a cor­ner, a ca­pa­bil­ity wide­spread with tac­ti­cal spe­cial units in the US and Is­rael, has still not been able to progress the re­quire­ment. The Army is seek­ing the ca­pa­bil­ity specif­i­cally for its Rashtriya Ri­fles units de­ployed in Jammu & Kash­mir, units reg­u­larly in­volved in fire­fights with mil­i­tants holed up in res­i­den­tial ar­eas. Af­ter ex­press­ing ini­tial in­ter­est in such a ca­pa­bil­ity in 2009 and 2012, the Army is now un­der­stood to be in­ter­ested in giv­ing this ca­pa­bil­ity to its stan­dard is­sue 9mm pis­tols, which in­clude the Aus­trian Glock 17, Ital­ian Beretta 92 and Ger­man-Swiss Sig Sauer P226. The ca­pa­bil­ity in­volves an en­hance­ment kit in­te­grated with an ex­ist­ing weapon sys­tem with a cer­tain de­gree of dis­man­tling. A video cam­era and mon­i­tor al­lows the user to point the weapon at a ful­crum around a cor­ner and use the weapon to sur­vey, tar­get and fire ac­cord­ingly. The Army also wants the cornershot ca­pa­bil­ity for use with in-ser­vice un­der­bar­rel grenade launch­ers (UBGLs). The US-Is­raeli firm Cornershot is un­der­stood to have demon­strated the ca­pa­bil­ity to the In­dian Army on at least two oc­ca­sions. The In­dian para­mil­i­tary forces, par­tic­u­larly those en­gaged in anti-Maoist op­er­a­tions, have also eval­u­ated the ca­pa­bil­ity. Ques­tions about the ca­pa­bil­ity were also raised with in­fantry weapons providers at De­f­expo in 2014 and Aero In­dia in 2013.

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