In­dian Cus­toms to float sig­nif­i­cant small-arms re­quire­ment


The In­dian Cus­toms has de­cided to re­place over 6,000 of its old and ob­so­lete hand weapons de­ployed in an­ti­smug­gling and en­gage­ment op­er­a­tions. Fol­low­ing a de­ci­sion taken by the DG Rev­enue In­tel­li­gence ear­lier this year on the state of the In­dian Cus­toms ar­moury of weapons, the ser­vice has de­cided to float a slew of ten­ders to re­place its old .303 ri­fles, re­volvers and hand­guns with mod­ern new weapons. A com­mit­tee com­pris­ing Cus­toms Pre­ven­tive Com­mis­sion­ers had been man­dated ear­lier this year with defin­ing us­age and de­ploy­ment norms for newly ac­quired norms. With the def­i­ni­tion process com­pleted, the Cus­toms is now ready to kick­start the ac­qui­si­tion process. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the Cus­toms field op­er­a­tors cur­rently use about 1,500 dif­fer­ent pis­tols, 1,500 re­volvers, 65 light ma­chine guns on pa­trol ves­sels, and nearly 600 self-load­ing ri­fles. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from In­dian Cus­toms have spent the last few months re­view­ing avail­able equip­ment from a list of ven­dors both in In­dia and abroad, in­clud­ing the Ord­nance Fac­tory Board, Italy’s Ber­retta, Aus­tria’s Glock, Is­raeli Weapon In­dus­tries, US firms Smith & Wes­son and Colt, Ger­many’s Sig Sauer and oth­ers.

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