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Army Finalises Rs 40,000 Crore Procurement Plan For Infantry Modernisation

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| October 29 , 2017 , 16:01 IST

In a major boost for the infantry of the Indian Army, one of the biggest procurement plans for infantry modernisation worth Rs 40,000 crore has been finalised by the Army, to replace its aging and obsolete weapons. Under the procurement plan, the acquisition of 7 lakh rifles, 44,000 light machine guns (LMGs) and 44,600 carbines has been finalised with the support of the defence ministry.

The Indian Army, the world's second largest standing army, has been pressing for the fast-track procurement of the weapons systems keeping in mind the security threats along the Pakistan and China border.

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"The infantry modernisation plan is a major initiative of the Army and it will significantly bolster the overall capability of the foot soldiers," said a senior army official.

In addition to launching the procurement process, the government has also asked the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to expedite the work on developing small arms, especially LMGs.

According to reports, a fresh Request For Information (RFI) to procure the LMGs will be issued in the next few days, with an initial plan to procure 10,000 LMGs.

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Meanwhile, the Army has also finalised the specifications for a new 7.62mm assault rifle, which the defence ministry's highest decision making body on procurement, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), is expected to approve the much-needed procurement soon.

"The General Service Quality Requirements (GSQR) for the new assault rifle has been finalised. The procurement plan will soon be placed before the DAC for approval," said a senior official.