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    The overall picture for Rifle requirements is missing. India has armed forces (infantry , special forces, RR) , central police forces (BSF, coast guard, CRPF, CISF, BSF…) and state police forces requiring millions of assault rifles. Now we have
    1. 7.62 x 51 mm AR 15 based battle rifle : STIG seur 716 shortlisted. For regular infantry
    2. 5.56 x 45 mm AR 15 based carbine : Caracal 816 shortlisted . For close Quarter combat.
    Both above need common training programs.

    3. 7.62 x 39 mm Klashinkov based assault rifle : AK 103 shortlisted . For anti insurgency operations.

    This standardization is good and we need to endure all our forces are equipped with one of them only to reduce costs by make in India , improve logistics, improve training since we have only two families of rifles.

    I hope if at all OFB is continuing to design a rifle they base it on open source design of AR 15 and not copy from Everywhere like in has been disaster. I also hope the OFB made round is as lethal as the ones in US or Russia.

    Suggest you write an article on why of these selections.


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