NEW DELHI: In the midst of the American-Russian dispute over the delivery of weapons to India, Russian arms maker Kalashnikov expressed concern about the Indian Army's decision to procure the US-made Sig Sauer assault rifle as an "unusual decision."
India has bought 72,400 SiGSauer assault rifles for its infantry forces, while it is seeking a joint venture with Russia's Kalashnikov to purchase over 6.5 lakh AK-203 assault rifles to replace the INSAS rifles.
"I don't know what the Sig Sauer rifles are for, because normally this type of rifle is used as a sniper rifle, a semi-automatic sniper rifle and a basic infantry rifle, which is a very unusual decision." We don't know what the plan is. How do you want to use it? What troops do they want to give him, "said Alexander Onokoy, representative of the Kalashnikov group.
When comparing the two rifles, he said: "When we talk about AK-203, we have to understand that it is a tried and tested system. We consider it the best option for basic infantry weapons. As for 716 (Sig Sauer) In der There is a lot of debate among experts as it is a 7.62 * 51 round that has a fairly short recoil that is generally not handled well by every soldier, but the Indian Army has to decide what it wants to use, but we think that in this role as a basic infantry rifle, AK-203 is the best option available. "
"AK-203 is a new generation assault rifle manufactured by a joint venture called Indo-Russia Rifles in Amethi. This is a new generation of the legendary AK-47. An Indian soldier deserves the most reliable weapons available, and this weapon is definitely an AK. It has a lot of new functions. "
"Everything is very easy to use. Indian soldiers already know how to use an AK, so this weapon will be a welcome addition. We see a lot of soldiers and officers coming here and they are really happy that this weapon will replace the INSAS rifle ", he added.
In December last year, the Indian army started to put its newly acquired American SiG Sauer assault rifles into operation.
In addition, the Indian army had started to stock up on ammunition for its sniper rifles as more than 21 lakh cartridges were ordered from vendors.
"The first batch of 10,000 SiG 716 assault rifles has arrived in India and was sent to the Northern Command," sources from the top Indian army said.
India had signed a 700 rupee contract to equip the Indian army with 72,400 new assault rifles.
The rifles are supplied by the American weapon manufacturer Sig Sauer. They are manufactured in the USA and will be delivered within one year because the order for the new weapons is awarded as part of the Fast Track Procurement (FTP).
Most of these rifles – 66,000 – are intended for the Indian army. The rest is split between the Indian Navy (2,000) and the Indian Air Force (4,000).
The Sig Sauer SIG716 7.62 x 51 mm assault rifles replace the 5.56 x 45 mm Insas rifles made in India.
The Indian army will also receive an important boost with the introduction of more than 7 lakh AK-203 assault rifles, which are manufactured in a joint venture between India and Russia.
On March 3, last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 7.5-liter AK-203 assault rifle in Kauhar, Amethi, as part of a joint venture between world-famous weapons manufacturer Kalashnikov and Ordnance Factory Korwa.
The factory will produce around 7.5 lakh of the most modern rifles, the AK 203. This is a successor to the historic AK 47, which continues to be used by many armed forces around the world.