Indian Army is going to buy small arms for special forces of India (SF). Army is to purchase these small arms through a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route from a US-based firm FN Herstal.
According to Financial Express report, “The 7.62 x 51 mm FN Scar, made by a US unit of Belgium’s FN Herstal, is being purchased by the Army under its own financial powers and is roughly around Rs 200-300 crore”.
Indian Army is in process to modernize Special Forces(SF) and the purchase of small arms from the US through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route are the part of modernization of Special Forces(SF). The modernization of the Special Forces has been pending since 2005 and Last year Indian Army took the decision to start the modernization process gradually of the Special Forces.
The 7.62 x 51 mm FN Scar is going to replace ‘1B’ LMGs which were manufactured by the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) almost a few decades ago. This weapon will increase the firepower of Special Forces in the dense jungles of the Northeast and Myanmar.
The wish list of Special Forces for modernization:
- 715 Mk 48 Light Machine Guns (LMGs),
- 1,050 FN Scar (H) 7.62×51 assault rifles,
- 1,400 FN Scar (L) or HK-416 assault rifles,
- 110 .50 Cal Browning heavy machine guns (HMG),
- 400 helmet-mounted night vision systems
- 600 combat free fall parachutes
- 100 Barret M107 A1 heavy sniping rifles