POTD: Indian Marine Commando Force With Floating AKs

Photo Of The Day and above you see Indian Marine Commando Force (MARCOS) operators looking for concealment during a combat beach reconnaissance training event. A quick look and you almost think they’re using Pulse rifles from the future. At a second look, it rather looks like they have duct-taped floating material to make their AKs float. Something tells me they lost a few AKs before this…

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Taurus Teams Up With Jindal Defence For Joint Manufacturing Project

Brazil and India are getting into business together—or rather, Brazilian firearms manufacturer Taurus Armas S.A. is going to collaborate with Indian manufacturer Jindal Defence Systems Pvt Limited on a new joint manufacturing project. Called JD Taurus, this new cooperative endeavor is already geared up to produce firearms in India.

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Kalashnikov Completes Delivery of Tools to India for AK-203 Production

Back in January 2023, Russia’s Rosoboronexport announced that the first batch of India’s AK-203s had been completed. The rifles are being procured under India’s Make in India scheme with a joint venture, named Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited (IRRPL), which is a partnership between India’s Advanced Weapons & Equipment India Limited (AWEIL) and Munitions India Limited (MIL) and Rostec subsidiaries Kalashnikov and Rosoboronexport of Russia. This will see production of the rifles shift from Russia to India and Kalashnikov Concern have announced the shipment of machinery and tools to allow India to establish production in Korwa.

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Webley & Scott-India Announce NEW Webley Fox Pistol In .32 ACP

The Indian branch of Webley & Scott have just announced a new pistol for the Indian firearm market, the WP20 Fox Pistol, which is chambered in .32 ACP. In 2020, Webley began setting up shop and producing their iconic MKIV revolver as part of the Made In India initiative. The new Webley Fox Pistol, also known as the WP20 is actually a very close CZ83 clone that features a different slide profile. Webley India’s product announcement can be read below.

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Indian Astr Defence INDRA Modular Assault Rifle

While researching the Indian small arms procurement program and reading the news from the DefExpo 2022 exhibition, I came across quite an interesting Indian rifle called INDRA (name of a Hindu deity) made by Astr Defence, a private small arms manufacturing company from Hubballi, Karnataka, India. INDRA is a gas-operated multi-caliber modular rifle that apparently has been in development for several years. Let’s take a closer look.

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India Looks To Manufacture 400,000 5.56x45mm Indigenous Carbines

India has long sought a modern 5.56x45mm carbine and has launched numerous efforts to procure one internationally and locally. The latest initiative will see a competition launched to find indigenous Indian companies who can manufacture hundreds of thousands of carbines. This is in line with India’s well-known ‘Make In India’ initiative which is seeking to foster self-sufficiency.

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India Seeks .338 Sniper Rifles, Night Optics for SIG 716 Rifles and Radios

The Indian Ministry of Defence has indicated requirements for multiple equipment, primarily for the Indian Army, over the past few weeks. This includes 4,800 .338 sniper rifles, 29,762 night sights for assault rifles, about 50,000 Hand-Held Radio Sets (HHRS) and 300 High Frequency (HF) manpack software-defined radios (SDR). Further, requirements for digital night vision goggles and helmet-mounted panoramic night vision binoculars have also been indicated. The requirements are to be met by the Indian industry.

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POTD: Suppressed AS Val in India

Welcome back for another run of our Photo Of The Day. We’re always on the lookout for the best firearms-related images out there, with the goal to give your eyes something worth watching every day. Today we have a suppressed AS Val and some other photos from the Indra 2018 exercise between India and Russia. The sight on the AS Val seems to be mounted extremely high.

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Indian Contract for SAAB – AT4 Support Weapon

The single-shot, disposable, recoilless smoothbore 84 mm anti-tank weapon AT4 made by SAAB has a new customer on the list. The Indian Armed Forces have ordered an unknown amount of the model AT4CS AST, to be used by the Indian Army and Indian Air Force. In total, more than 1 million AT4’s have been produced.

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New DS Arms 5.56 M193 Spec Ammunition

DS Arms, best known for their FAL platform firearms, is bringing new M193 spec 5.56 ammunition to market.  Manufactured in India by their Military Ordnance Factories, the new ammunition has quite a bit of international flavor to its components. Per DS Arms:

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India Buy 70,000 Off-The-Shelf AKs

Last week Indian media outlets began reporting that an order for as many as 70,000 AK-pattern rifles had been made from Russia’s Kalashnikov Concern. Speculation surrounded the news and many wondered how the order would fit into the larger deal being negotiated between India and Russia for a production license to manufacture an AK-203 variant in India.

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Caracal Commits to Producing Indian Army Carbines In India

Back in 2018, the Indian Army began its latest effort to modernise its small arms. A tender for 5.56x45mm carbines was awarded to UAE-based Caracal. The tender called for 93,895 CAR 816 carbines but news of the contract has been scarce ever since. Now it seems that the company have made a commitment to fully manufacture the carbines in India from the beginning of the contract rather than an initial phased transition to local manufacture.

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FN SCAR-H and a Whole Lot More for Indian Special Forces

With India’s armed forces still awaiting a new service rifle, it seems that Indian Special Forces are forging on ahead. Indian media outlets have reported that India’s Para (Special Forces) unit have selected the 7.62x51mm FN SCAR-H along with a number of other weapons.

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India's AK-203 Program Delayed

We have been closely following India’s tentative steps towards modernisation of her Army’s small arms and the replacement of the INSAS rifle. It seemed that with the selection of Kalashnikov Concern’s AK-203 that India had selected a rifle suited to its soldier’s needs but recent reports suggest that the progress toward beginning production of the new rifles may have stalled.

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FIRST LOOK: India's AK – Not Quite an AK-203

For years we at TFB have closely followed India’s struggles to select a new service rifle to replace the 5.56x45mm INSAS which has gained a questionable reputation over the years. Numerous home-grown rifles such as the Indian Ordnance Factories Board-designed Excalibur and the Multi Calibre Individual Weapon System have both proven to be failures. A glimmer of hope arrived when the Indian government made a concerted effort to procure new small arms launching a flurry of requests for information seeking a range of rifles in 7.62x39mm, 5.56x45mm and 7.62x51mm. At the same time, India have also procured .50 calibre anti-materiel rifles and .338 LM precision rifles in significant numbers.

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