On Tuesday, Indian Army received the latest anti-personnel mine Nipun and Futuristic Infantry Soldier as a System (F-INSAS) from Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. Both systems were created domestically by Indian businesses. Lt. General Harpal Singh and Army Chief of Staff General Manoj Pande were also present.
Rajnath Singh received a lecture on his new weapon systems and tools, including the AK-203 assault rifle, from an Army F-INSAS soldier during the ceremony. The joint venture between Indian and Russian businesses will produce the AK-203 assault rifles in Amethi.
Several indigenous weaponry, including the anti-personnel land mine Nipun, the Landing Craft Attack for use in operations in the Pangong Lake, infantry combat vehicles, and numerous more systems were presented by Singh to the Indian Army at the ceremony.
Army prepared to tackle any threat: E-in-C
Lt Gen Harpal Singh, Engineer-in-Chief of the Indian Army, remarked during the ceremony that the government has made a number of initiatives to support Make in India in the defence industry. “The Government of India has made a variety of policy initiatives to support the indigenization of weapon systems for the Armed Forces.
The Army has introduced a number of new tools in this direction, including explosives, handguns, and infantry combat vehicles “said he.
Singh added that no matter the threat, whether it comes from the western desert or high-altitude areas in the Ladakh region, the Indian Army is ready to combat it.
The government’s push for indigenous production in the defence sector may be seen as a backdrop for the introduction of indigenous systems. This is in accordance with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pledge for Aatmanirbhar Bharat, which has also been translated into efforts by the Ministry of Defense to achieve defence independence.