In­dian Air Force for new as­sault ri­fle

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The In­dian Air Force (IAF) is look­ing for a mod­ern as­sault ri­fle for its spe­cial units (Garud), that should be com­pact, fold­able, easy to carry, han­dle, op­er­ate, sim­ple to main­tain and with high range. The re­quire­ment joins a raft of ten­ders al­ready ac­tive for other weapons in­clud­ing as­sault ri­fles for the In­dian Army, sniper ri­fles for spe­cial units (in­clud­ing the MAR­COS), 9mm small arms for the Army, etc. The Army is also in the process of re­plac­ing the INSAS ri­fle in ser­vice. The Garud com­mando force of the IAF cur­rently op­er­ates with the INSAS and AK-47, and the new ten­der ap­pears to be a move to­wards re­plac­ing those arms with new gen­er­a­tion weapons in line with the other two spe­cial units of the other two ser­vices. The pro­cure­ment of new small arms for the In­dian forces is also in line with the over­ar­ch­ing doc­tri­nal move to­wards lighter, smaller arms with mod­u­lar ar­chi­tec­ture, al­low­ing a greater num­ber of ac­ces­sories and eas­ier stor­age, less main­te­nance (with pos­si­bil­ity of sim­ple on-field main­te­nance) and part re­place­ment.

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