DELHI: India is set to buy more than 160,000 guns to be used at “points of engagement” at higher altitudes by the Indian Army troops.
The Indian Defense ministry stated on Tuesday that the guns worth $553 million will be used on disputed borders with Pakistan and China.
A little over 72,000 assault rifles and over 93,500 carbines were cleared in a high-level meeting with Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Shitaraman. The decision is in line with the Modi government agenda.
India has deployed more than half a million soldiers on the high altitude borders in Himalayas and Kashmir. These soldiers are engaged at points of utmost strategic importance to India such as Siachin.
This new arsenal of weapon is for “achieving immediate requirements” according to the Indian defence ministry.