Indian Army by later this month will be getting 5,719 sniper rifles from global vendors to replace Soviet-era Dragonov SVD rifles that were procured in the 1990s.
Sources told the Financial Express Online that, “The Indian Army is getting sniper rifles from different vendors including Messers Beretta .338 Lapua Magmum Scorpio TGT of Italy and .50 Calibre Sniper Rifle M95 MS Berrett from the US. They are coming under the Buy Global category. The ammunition for these will be initially procured from abroad; subsequently it will be manufactured in India.”
The Indian Army is using the Russian Dragunov sniper rifle, which uses 7.62×54-MMR cartridge acquired from Russia in early 1990s. The Army had fast tracked the process as it wants to modernise its forces and to replace the Soviet era rifles. Read More