Indian Army Mulling Fast Track Procedure To Procure 16,000 Light Machine Guns For Meeting Critical Shortfall

Following a deal to purchase 72,400 US-made assault rifles under the fast track procedure (FTP), the Indian Army is now considering the same mechanism to acquire 16,000 new light machine guns (LMG) to equip its troops, reports Hindustan Times.

The FTP is generally invoked in instances where there is an ‘undue/unforeseen delay’ in purchasing weaponry which causes an adverse impact on the military’s fighting capabilities and preparedness.

According to an official, teams of the Indian Army will visit several foreign manufacturers, including firms in the US, Bulgaria and South Korea, in the next few weeks to start the process of purchasing the LMGs. Read More

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