The Army has gone in for an emergency purchase of a very small number of advanced sniper rifles, with longer ranges as well as modern telescopic sights, for troops deployed along the Line of Control with Pakistan.
The new sniper rifles, Beretta’s.338 Lapua Magnum Scorpio TGT and Barrett’s .50-calibre M95 guns, which have an effective kill range from 1,500 to 1,800 metres, are being purchased under the Northern Army Command chief ‘s emergency financial powers. “The rifles should arrive soon,” said an officer.
The larger “capital procurement” of 5,719 new 8.6mm sniper rifles to equip all the 382 infantry battalions in the over 12-lakh strong Army – each unit is authorized 10 sniper rifles – will however take another couple of years.
Sniping is posing a major operational challenge for Indian troops along the 778-km long LoC, with Pakistan Army soldiers equippe Read More