Three Indian companies have been shortlisted by the government for the procurement of 72,400 assault rifles and 93,895 CQB carbines for the Indian Army, and now await the final bidding.
These companies had responded to the request for proposal (RfP) issued earlier this year for ‘in service’ rifles, carbines and light machine guns and joined hands with foreign original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) participating in the programme for manufacturing, integration and providing service support for these small arms within the country.
Sources told FE that theministry of defence (MoD) has received compliant bids from three companies for assault rifles and four companies for CQB carbines. However, only one company M/s IWI, Israel, had bid for light machine guns and for this, the RfP is expected to be reissued shortly.
“The RFPs were given to 12 companies out of which after extensive trials, only three companies with the OEMs: Punj Lloyd working with IWI, Israel; Kanpur-based MKU with Thales, Australia, and Caracal of UAE; and Reliance Armaments with S&T Motiv of South Korea have been shortlisted,” one of the sources said. Read More