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36,000 units of Bulgarian AK-47 procured for the paramilitary forces

Bulgarian Land Forces soldiers teach SGT Lekevin Baker, from U.S. Army Europe’s 16th Sustainment Brigade, how to disassemble and clean their Bulgarian AK-47 Kalashnikova rifle during Thracian Guard 2013. (U.S. Army Europe/Flickr)
September 05, 2018

In a bid to strengthen the fighting capabilities of paramilitary troops with better arms, a big unit of nearly 36,000 AK-47 Assault Rifle has been procured from Bulgaria.

The rifles are distributed to units of some central paramilitary forces. Some state police units and the Border Security Forces will also get some units. They were procured after a tender that was issued a while back.

The AK-47 is a well-known, proven rifle and it is the first choice of many over the indigenous INSAS rifle. It completely fits Indian requirements. The AK-47 also has better RPM and better accuracy.