India is looking to procure 185,000 7.62x51mm assault rifles. A request for information to set up the potential acquisition was recently issued. An international tender will be issued in 2017. The project is aimed at to replace the existing OFB´s INSAS 5.56x45mm assault rifle.

The future competition will likely generate potential interest from several worldwide small arms manufacturers including Israel Weapon Industries (IWI), Heckler & Koch, Česká Zbrojovka, Berreta Defense Technologies (BDT), HS Produkt, ST Kinetics, Fabryka Broni “ŁUCZNIK” – Radom, IMBEL (Indústria de Material Bélico do Brasil), Colt Canada, FN Herstal, Makina ve Kimya Endüstrisi Kurumu (MKEK) and eventually from Russian companies.


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