Saturday, March 27, 2010

India seeks new heavy machine guns

By: Janes Defence News

The Indian Army has dispatched a global request for information (RfI) for the import of 12.7 mm heavy machine guns (HMGs) capable of firing varied ordnance to a range of 2000 m as part of its Future Infantry Soldier as a System (F-INSAS) programme, which is currently under development.

The 19 March RfI issued by the Directorate General of Weapons and Equipment requires vendors to submit their proposals within four weeks. The HMGs should be capable of firing 450 rpm and should be deployable on light strike vehicles and infantry fighting vehicles, as well as on the ground with a three-man crew.
According to army specifications the 1.6 m-long HMGs should weigh no more than 40 kg, including the mount/tripod.

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