Indian Army Searching For New Sniper Rifle Supplier

Indian Army Searching For New Sniper Rifle Supplier

Indian Army Searching For New Sniper Rifle Supplier

The Indian Army is eyeing the purchase of sniper rifles that would have a higher range than the Russian Dragunov sniper rifle currently in use in the country, Indian media report.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The rifles will need to be able to take down targets at 1,200 meters (0.7 miles) and the Indian Army needs about 5,000 of them, which is too high a number to produce domestically in a cost beneficial manner, The Economic Times said on Thursday.

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The rifles will be given to India’s infantry units stationed along the border, the newspaper specified, saying that a wider range could help save lives.

Over the past few weeks, dozens of Indian and Pakistani soldiers and civilians have been killed in cross-border firing.

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Tensions have been simmering between India and Pakistan after a deadly attack on the Uri military base in the India-administered Kashmir in September. New Delhi has accused Islamabad of backing terrorism in the disputed region, but Pakistan denied any role in the insurgency.

(Source : sputniknews.com)

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