New in­dige­nous as­sault ri­fle

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The Indian Army has com­menced user tri­als of a new, in­dige­nously de­vel­oped as­sault ri­fle be­ing de­vel­oped to re­place the prob­lem-prone INSAS, even as it is eval­u­at­ing other op­tions glob­ally. The search for an as­sault ri­fle be­gan in 2010 and con­tin­ues till date with firms like Colt and Sig Sauer from the US, Is­rael’s IWI, Ital­ian Beretta and Ceska from the Czech Repub­lic be­ing short listed. The new in­dige­nous ri­fle (7.62mm x 51mm) has been de­vel­oped by the Ri­fle Fac­tory Isha­pore (RFI), West Ben­gal, in as­so­ci­a­tion with the DRDO and is in line with the Army’s staff qual­ity re­quire­ments (SQRs). “Un­til about a year-and-a-half ago, the Army wanted a 5. 56mm cat­e­gory of ri­fles, the same class as the INSAS. How­ever, with chang­ing threat per­cep­tions and in­creas­ing ter­ror­ism and other fac­tors, the doc­trine has changed and they now re­quire a ‘shoot-to-kill’ weapon, some­thing that can kill and not just in­ca­pac­i­tate en­e­mies as ear­lier,” ac­cord­ing to SC Bajpai, Chair­man Ord­nance Fac­tory Board.

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