An Indian team lead by a senior Army brigadier is going abroad on the hunt for new assault rifles and close-quarter battle carbines for the armed forces. The team includes nine members and will be visiting the US, Australia, South Korea, Israel, and UAE.
In March, the Ministry of Defense cleared the decks for the procurement of 72,400 assault rifles, 93,895 CQB carbines for the infantry troops stationed at China and Pakistan border. The procurement will be done under the fast-track procedure. The total budget allocated for rifles and carbines are of worth Rs 1,798 crore and Rs 1,749 crore.
During their visits, the Indian team will be evaluating various rifles and carbines manufactured by foreign companies.